January 18, 2018 Morning Verse Of The Day

23 Character traits, pride and humility. A humble spirit brings honor and respect. The verse contrasts consequences: pride leads to abasement, but humility brings exaltation. The lines are tied together with a paronomasia between “brings low” (tašpîlennû) and “lowly [šepal] in spirit.” McKane, 633, explains that the lowly one can learn, but “pride is a way of descent to mediocrity or worse” (see Lk 14:11; 18:14).[1]


29:23 A proud man can be sure of being brought low. It is the humble man who is elevated to a place of honor.

Professor Smith was climbing the Weisshorn. When near the top the guide stood aside to permit the traveler to have the honor of first reaching the top. Exhilarated by the view, forgetful of the fierce gale that was blowing, he sprang up and stood erect on the summit. The guide pulled him down, exclaiming, “On your knees sir; you are not safe there except on your knees.” Life’s summits, whether of knowledge, of love, or of worldly success, are full of perils. (Choice Gleanings).

O Lamb of God, still keep me

Close to Thy pierced side;

’Tis only there in safety

And peace I can abide.

With foes and snares around me,

And lusts and fears within,

The grace that sought and found me,

Alone can keep me clean.

James G. Deck[2]


29:23. The reverse effects of pride and humility warn against the one and encourage the other. Ironically pride, by which a person seeks to elevate himself, actually results in his being brought low (šāp̱al) whereas one who is of lowly (šāp̱al) spirit is elevated by others to a position of honor (cf. 3:34; 15:33; 16:18–19; 18:12). God hates pride (see comments on 6:17) because it influences a person to live independently of Him.[3]


29:23 The pride of a person will bring him humiliation Pride is seen as a destructive attitude throughout Proverbs (11:2; 16:18). Pride prevents people from accepting reproof or advice (12:15; 13:18).[4]


[1] Ross, A. P. (2008). Proverbs. In T. Longman III, Garland David E. (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Proverbs–Isaiah (Revised Edition) (Vol. 6, p. 232). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 866). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[3] Walvoord, J. F., & Zuck, R. B., Dallas Theological Seminary. (1985). The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 1, pp. 968–969). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[4] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Pr 29:23). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

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