Proverbs 18:12 Dissected & Defined
Before destruction (ruin) the heart (meditator) of man is haughty (undue disregard for others), and before honour (promotion) is humility.
God has promised great destruction to the proud. He has promised the greatest destruction to those who are proud in their heart.
We teach that the heart is mankind’s meditator. It dwells on the information of the mind that we have stored and then poured into our thought processes. Solomon teaches us that before God will destroy a person, they will store thoughts of pride in their mind and eventually we will pour those thoughts into our hearts in order to dwell on them. Once we begin to dwell on proud thoughts, we are candidates for destruction. It’s just a matter of time.
The pride described is a haughty spirit. It’s usually a precursor to full-blown pride. Now Solomon has already taught us that “pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” We can realize that an occasional fall precedes destruction, so we can conclude that a haughty spirit will proceed the pride that destroys.
Before you think too high of yourself, you’ll think too low of others!
He then promises that humility is a precursor to a personal promotion in life. To be lifted up, you must be humble, to be torn down you must be haughty. That is the simple process of building or breaking a man and his life.
An undue disregard for others (haughty) does more harm to the vessel in which it is stored (your heart) than the person on whom it is poured (the hurting).