Proverbs 11:2

When pride comes, then comes disgrace,

    but with the humble is wisdom.

Proverbs 11:2 ESV

This verse is contrasts pride and humility. The result of pride is disgrace. Be careful not to dismiss this statement too quickly because you know a proud person who has never been disgraced. Don’t forget that Proverbs has two realities in mind, the temporal and the eternal or the physical and the spiritual. Also, don’t forget that because no one seems to recognize folly, doesn’t mean it isn’t folly. For example, when a group of fools are hanging out, doing whatever it is fools do together, it is unlikely any of them will recognize the folly that is present among them. Thus, it is possible to disgrace yourself even when neither you nor those around you recognize the disgrace. Perhaps more importantly, pride disgraces us before a holy God.

The second portion reminds us of the connection between humility and wisdom. Wisdom produces humility. The implication is that those who are humble, those who gain wisdom, will not be disgraced.

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