The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.
– Proverbs 15:25
The word for proud means lofty or arrogant. The proud are pictured in Proverbs as making gains through oppression and exploitation (Proverbs 16:19). The proud are numbered among the wicked targeted for divine retribution and judgment (Proverbs 16:18; 14:11). There is nothing inherently virtuous in being a widow, but along with the fatherless, the widow stands for those who are weak and vulnerable. Widows are easily and often oppressed and deprived of justice (Isaiah 1:23; 3:14; 10:2; Matthew 23:14). The tenor of the proverb would count the widow here as among the righteous weak and they have protection and justice from the Lord, which is greater than the spoils of the wicked (Proverbs 12:7; 14:11).