Proverbs 18:3

When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.
– Proverbs 18:3

The word for wicked means wicked one, or a morally bad person. The word for contempt means despising. It is an attitude born of pride that looks upon others as beneath oneself. The word for ignominy means shame, or intense disgrace. The word for reproach means scorn, or public shame. The key is the word for cometh, which means to enter, or to come in. When a wicked one comes in, he brings contempt, shame, and reproach. Solomon later instructs to cast out such and have peace (Proverbs 22:10).

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Proverbs 14:34

Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
– Proverbs 14:34

The scope of Proverbs is usually the individual, but in some places it’s broadened. Here, Solomon speaks to a nation and people. The word for righteousness means justice. A nation that pursues rightness and justice is exalted or lifted up. A nation that tolerates and approves sin by enculturating and codifying it, is brought to shame (Proverbs 11:11; Romans 1:32).

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