Proverbs 14:34 (NKJV) — 34 Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people.
The exaltation of a nation. The only thing that truly exalts or honors a nation is righteousness. Weapons will not do it, nor will negotiation. Righteousness must be in the hearts of people; it cannot be conveyed through legislation. But if a nation’s laws are not founded on moral principles, then they are founded upon immorality.
Sin brings reproach or shame to any people who practice it, and ultimately it will bring down any nation. The once-mighty kingdoms of the past that exist only in rubble today are mute testimony to this truth.