Proverbs 18:12 - Pride vs. Humility.

Prov 18:12 (KJV)  Before destruction the heart of man is 
haughty, and before honour is humility. 

Prov 18:12 (NIV)  Before his downfall a man's heart is proud, 
but humility comes before honor. 

Prov 18:12 (NCV)  Proud people will be ruined, but the humble 
will be honored. 

Prov 18:12 (CWB)  Pride precedes a man's fall, but before honor 
comes humility. 

Prov 18:12 (TLB)  Pride ends in destruction; humility ends in 

The proud attitude heads the list of seven things God hates 
(6:16-17). [Life Application SB] 

Since destruction is the natural consequence of sin, and pride 
is the basic sin, it is to be expected that men's hearts should 
reach the heights of haughtiness before the consequences of sin 
overtake them. [SDA Commentary] 

The way to honor is through humility. The humility and 
exaltation of Jesus provides the classic example of this truth.  
[Expositors Bible Commentary] 

Wisdom also comes with humility (11:2; 13:10). [NIV SB]

One of the dangers in the Christian life is to take credit for 
what God does. This was the Assyrians' problem. They were a weak 
nation until God chose to bless them in order to use them as an 
instrument to punish the Israelites. However, the more God blessed them, 
the more confident they became in their own strength. When the 
farmers had good crops, they credited their farming skills rather than 
God. When their army won a victory, their generals took the credit. 
When the nation experienced prosperity, the Assyrians attributed it 
to their military and political might. Finally, God pointed out the 
absurdity of their conclusions (Is 10:5-19). 
It is sometimes easier to handle poverty or weakness than wealth 
or strength. Poverty causes us to recognize our need for God. 
Prosperity persuades us that we no longer require Him. Scripture holds 
several examples of those who assumed they were self-sufficient, only to 
realize their dire poverty apart from God. Samson was the strongest 
person alive, but he forgot that his strength came from God. Once God 
removed his strength, Samson was reduced to a pitiful slave. Saul was 
the first king of Israel, yet when God removed His Spirit from this 
proud monarch, he became a paranoid, petty man, seeking counsel from 
the occult. 
Be careful how you handle the success God gives you! As you 
enjoy His blessings in your family, your business, or your ministry, 
keep in mind that you are an instrument in the hands of the Master. 
[Experiencing God Day by Day by Henry and Richard Blackaby re Isa. 10:5-19] 

It is an old and common saying, that "coming events cast their 
shadows before them;" the wise man teaches us that a haughty heart is 
the prophetic prelude of evil. Pride is as safely the sign of 
destruction as the change of mercury in the weather-glass is the sign of 
rain; and far more infallibly so than that. When men have ridden the 
high horse, destruction has always overtaken them. Let David's aching 
heart show that there is an eclipse of a man's glory when he dotes 
upon his own greatness. 2 Sam. 24:10. See Nebuchadnezzar, the mighty 
builder of Babylon, creeping on the earth, devouring grass like oxen, 
until his nails had grown like bird's claws, and his hair like eagle's 
feathers. Dan. 4:33. Pride made the boaster a beast, as once before it 
made an angel a devil. God hates high looks, and never fails to bring 
them down. All the arrows of God are aimed at proud hearts. O 
Christian, is thine heart haughty this evening? For pride can get into the 
Christian's heart as well as into the sinner's; it can delude him into 
dreaming that he is "rich and increased in goods, and hath need of 
nothing." Art thou glorying in thy graces or thy talents? Art thou proud 
of thyself, that thou hast had holy frames and sweet experiences? 
Mark thee, reader, there is a destruction coming to thee also. Thy 
flaunting poppies of self-conceit will be pulled up by the roots, thy 
mushroom graces will wither in the burning heat, and thy self-sufficiency 
shall become as straw for the dunghill. If we forget to live at the 
foot of the cross in deepest lowliness of spirit, God will not forget 
to make us smart under his rod.... Wherefore, "He that glorieth, let 
him glory in the Lord." Morning and Evening by Charles H. Spurgeon 

What is it that keeps you from seeing yourself as you really 
are, others from seeing you as you wish you really were, and God from 
helping you become what you would really like to be?  
As you ponder that riddle, take a look at the lesson contained 
in 18:12. (It's so important, you'll find it also in 16:18-19.)  
Pride--in yourself, your possessions, your abilities--brings 
destruction. Humility--before God, before others, before yourself--brings 
honor. God delights in raising up the lowly (3:34), but He despises the 
proud (6:16-17; 16:5). A proud person fights himself (8:36), others 
(13:10), and God (16:5), and eventually his end is destruction. Just as 
pride caused Lucifer to want to be greater than God (Isaiah 14:12-14), 
resulting in condemnation (1 Timothy 3:6), so pride can ruin your life. 
Look for opportunities today to exercise humility instead of 
pride. Nothing is as hard to do gracefully as getting down off your 
high-horse--and nothing is as necessary! Look for one person whose needs and 
interests you can place above your own today. Go out of your way to 
express a word of sincere appreciation. Remember, all you have and are 
is given to you by God (1 Corinthians 4:7). 
And if you had trouble with the riddle, remember that pride 
covers your own sins; pride obscures the view of others; and pride 
hinders service for God! [Your Daily Walk SB & Daily Walk Bible SB] 

When we are filled with pride, we cannot see our weaknesses. We 
build a wall of denial that is almost impregnable. And if we cannot 
admit our faults, they will never be corrected, and we will suffer the 
consequences. On the other hand, humility opens the door for correction. When 
we honestly evaluate our life, we open our eyes to our weaknesses 
and can then take steps to improve and correct things. This may 
cause us some pain now, but it will be much more bearable than the 
pain of a life destroyed by dependencies and compulsions. [Life 
Recovery SB] 

The yoke of the Lord Jesus will never fit on a stiff neck. [Your 
Daily Walk SB & Daily Walk Bible SB]