Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
– Proverbs 16:18
The word for pride means arrogance, as in insolent arrogance. It is human self-confidence that is put with others human attitudes and activities God hates (Proverbs 8:13; 16:5). The word for destruction means a crushing ruin and fall is close to a stumbling ruin. The word for haughty mean exalted, or elevated. It’s descriptive of having a higher view of oneself than justified. Such highness is ripe to be brought low (Proverbs 18:12). It is the opposite of the humility that attains wisdom (Proverbs 1:7; 11:2).