New International Version
Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.
King James Bible
He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
Darby Bible Translation
He that hath no rule over his own spirit is [as] a city broken down, without walls.
World English Bible
Like a city that is broken down and without walls is a man whose spirit is without restraint.
Young's Literal Translation
A city broken down without walls, Is a man without restraint over his spirit!
Proverbs 25:28 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
It is not good to eat much honey - Coverdale translates the whole passage thus: "Like as it is not good to eat to muche hony; even so, he that wyll search out hye thinges, it shal be to hevy for him." As he that etith myche honye, and it is not to him goode; so, that is a sercher of mageste, schal ben oppressid of glorie - Old MS. Bible. He that searches too much into mysteries, is likely to be confounded by them. I really think this is the meaning of the place; and shall not puzzle either myself or my reader with the discordant explanations which have been brought forward with the hope of illustrating this passage.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryAn Unwalled City
'He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.'--PROVERBS xxv. 28. The text gives us a picture of a state of society when an unwalled city is no place for men to dwell in. In the Europe of today there are still fortified places, but for the most part, battlements are turned into promenades; the gateways are gateless; the sweet flowers blooming where armed feet used to tread; and men live securely without bolts and bars. But their spirits cannot yet …
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That a Man Should not be a Curious Searcher of the Sacrament, but a Humble Imitator of Christ, Submitting his Sense to Holy Faith
God's Glory the Chief End of Man's Being
2 Chronicles 32:5
Then he worked hard repairing all the broken sections of the wall and building towers on it. He built another wall outside that one and reinforced the terraces of the City of David. He also made large numbers of weapons and shields.
They said to me, "Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire."
Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.
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