The meaning of, and background to, the well-known expression "Pride goes before a fall.

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Pride goes before a fall

Meaning:

If you allow yourself to become full of pride, eventually you will find yourself humbled.

Background:

Like many other much used expressions this one has its roots in the Old Testament Book of Proverbs. In this case Proverbs 16:18

Pride goes before distruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

Other nearby verses in Proverbs offer additional reminders that wisdom and modesty are to be preferred over pride and wealth:

How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver. (v16)

The highway of the upright avoids evil; he who guards his way guards his life. (v17)

Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud. (v19)

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