â€śPride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor than to divide the spoil with the proud.â€ť (Proverbs 16:18-19 ESV)
Our exposition of the Book of Proverbs continues with the second half of Chapter 16. At the heart of this section lies a familiar phrase: â€śPride goes before destructionâ€ť (verse 18). We will focus our attention on the destructive nature of pride.
While the text addresses more than pride, we can be sure that pride, or self-righteousness, or self-sufficiency, is the root of folly. The â€śworthless manâ€ť (v27), the â€śdishonest manâ€ť (v28), and the â€śman of violenceâ€ť all find the cause of their pet sins in the love of self (v29).