pride comes before a fall

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Probably a misquote of:

  • 1611, King James Version of the Bible, Book of Proverbs, 16:18,
    Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
    • see also, James 4:6 (KJV): But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
    • and, 1 Peter 5:5 (KJV): Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

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pride comes before a fall

  1. A person who is proud will often suffer a setback or failure.

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