Proverbs 11:2

ESV When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.
NIV When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
NASB When pride comes, then comes dishonor; But with the humble there is wisdom.
CSB When arrogance comes, disgrace follows, but with humility comes wisdom.
NLT Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
KJV When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.

What does Proverbs 11:2 mean?

This verse contrasts pride and humility. The word for "pride" used here is zā'don, which also means "arrogance." This is a person who sees no need for God in his life. His overconfidence boils over into self-indulgent living and egotism. He believes he is master of his own fate, but he fails to understand that pride goes before a fall. Eventually, he will experience the humiliation of reality.

Acts 12:21–23 reports the awful effects of pride on King Herod. He donned his royal robes, sat on the throne, addressed a large crowd, and received the crowd's adoration. Everyone shouted that he was a god and not a man. Rather than deflect such praise, Herod embraced it. Immediately Herod's pride turned to disgrace: "an angel of the Lord struck him down, because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and breathed his last" (Acts 12:23).

Micah 6:8 cites one of the Lord's requirements for His people is walking humbly with our God. Solomon observes here that humility and true wisdom go hand in hand.
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