Pride Comes before the Fall Bible Verse – What does it mean?

Pride Comes before the fall is a popular saying that is used even today.  Even though this saying is in the Bible, it has been changed and made shorter.  The actual Bible verse for this saying comes from Proverbs 16:18 and it states:

New Living Translation(NLT)

“Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.”

King James Version(KJV)

“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”

Amplified Version (AMP)

“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”

You can see that from these 3 translation that the saying “Pride comes before the fall” is actually worded a bit differently, but still keeps the relative meaning and purpose for the proverb.

What does it mean?

Well the first thing to look at is the definition of Pride.  According pride is described as:

a high or inordinate opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc. also describes haughtiness as:

disdainfully proud; snobbish; scornfully arrogant; supercilious

So in the simplest terms the verse can be reworded to say “The love of yourself builds a path to your destruction, and a prideful or arrogant air or spirit will make cause you to get hurt, have pain.”

You see when pride rules our lives, we love, depend and care only about ourselves and what we want.  This is contrary to what the Word of God tells us to do where it says we must love God and put God above all else.  We must care for and help others.  We must place our full trust in the Lord and not in ourselves.  So when we are prideful and it rules our lives it will eventually destroy your life on this earth, but more importantly it will lead to eternal destruction of your spiritual life.

The second part of the verse states that a haughty(proud, arrogant) spirit precedes a fall, which I believe is talking about how this spirit of pride will cause your life to develop hardships and obstacles that will cause you to fall and for your life to be in constant disarray and chaos.

Satan himself experienced this, which is why I also believe that this verse refers to his great fall.  You see satan in his spirit believed he was better than God and believed that he should be ruler. This prideful, haughty spirit lead him to his fall when he came against God and God cast him out of heaven.

Now even though God showed satan He was the all more powerful than him and that he could never win against God because of the prideful spirit and attitude he had and still has, He continues to come against God and God’s children which will ultimately lead to his destruction when He is cast into the lake of fire.

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