We may come back to this thought when we get to chapter 16 (Proverbs 16:18) because the concept is repeated there. And maybe this is something that needs to be repeated in our lives.
When pride comes, then comes disgrace;
but wisdom is with the humble.
Having been raised to believe it is a virtue to take pride in things (your work, your appearance…) I have often wondered why the Bible warns about pride. In my educational pursuits, it has been explained to me that there is “hubris” (excessive self pride) that leads to a puffed-up demeanor and haughtiness. That may go in line with this proverb, because the second part of the statement has to do with humility.
When we start thinking too much of ourselves, and about ourselves, we can become the kind of person that people don’t like to be around, unless it is to cheer and jeer when we fall.
Perfect God, help me to see the strengths You have given me, and to also recognize my own faults, so that I can remain a wise and humble follower of my Lord and Savior Jesus, in whose name I pray. Amen.