It is an idiom. You know, one of those literary devices you claim to know so much about.<quoted text>No, "Pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall." (I've taught Bible as Literature, and I may wind up totally destroyed, but I never fall.)
Pride goes before a fall. and Pride goeth before a fall.
Prov. If you are too proud and overconfident, you will make mistakes leading to your defeat.(Biblical.) Sue: I'm the best student in my history class. I'm sure I can pass the exam without studying very hard. Sam: Be careful. Pride goes before a fall, you know.