Proverbs 25:28
New International Version
Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.

New Living Translation
A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.

English Standard Version
A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.

Berean Study Bible
Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who does not control his temper.

New American Standard Bible
Like a city that is broken into and without walls Is a man who has no control over his spirit.

King James Bible
He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

Christian Standard Bible
A person who does not control his temper is like a city whose wall is broken down.

Contemporary English Version
Losing self-control leaves you as helpless as a city without a wall.

Good News Translation
If you cannot control your anger, you are as helpless as a city without walls, open to attack.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A man who does not control his temper is like a city whose wall is broken down.

International Standard Version
Like a city with breached walls is a man without self-control.

NET Bible
Like a city that is broken down and without a wall, so is a person who cannot control his temper.

New Heart English Bible
Like a city that is broken down and without walls is a man whose spirit is without restraint.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Like a city breach without a wall, so is an impatient man.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[Like] a city broken into [and] left without a wall, [so] is a person who lacks self-control.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Like a city broken down and without a wall, So is he whose spirit is without restraint.

New American Standard 1977
Like a city that is broken into and without walls Is a man who has no control over his spirit.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The man whose spirit has no restraint is like a city that is broken down and without walls.

King James 2000 Bible
He that has no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

American King James Version
He that has no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

American Standard Version
He whose spirit is without restraint Is like a city that is broken down and without walls.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
As a city whose walls are broken down, and which is unfortified, so is a man who does anything without counsel.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As a city that lieth open and is not compassed with walls, so is a man that cannot refrain his own spirit in speaking.

Darby Bible Translation
He that hath no rule over his own spirit is [as] a city broken down, without walls.

English Revised Version
He whose spirit is without restraint is like a city that is broken down and hath no wall.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and 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!
Study Bible
More Proverbs of Solomon
27It is not good to eat too much honey or to search out one’s own glory. 28Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who does not control his temper.
Cross References
2 Chronicles 32:5
Then Hezekiah worked resolutely to rebuild all the broken sections of the wall and to raise up towers on it. He also built an outer wall and reinforced the supporting terraces of the City of David, and he produced an abundance of weapons and shields.

Nehemiah 1:3
And they told me, "The remnant who survived the exile are there in the province, in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are burned with fire."

Proverbs 16:32
He who is slow to anger is better than a warrior, and he who controls his temper is greater than one who captures a city.

Treasury of Scripture

He that has no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

Proverbs 16:32
He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

Proverbs 22:24
Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go:

1 Samuel 20:30
Then Saul's anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said unto him, Thou son of the perverse rebellious woman, do not I know that thou hast chosen the son of Jesse to thine own confusion, and unto the confusion of thy mother's nakedness?







Lexicon
Like a city
עִ֣יר (‘îr)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 5892: Excitement

whose walls
חוֹמָ֑ה (ḥō·w·māh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2346: A wall of protection

are broken down
פְּ֭רוּצָה (pə·rū·ṣāh)
Verb - Qal - QalPassParticiple - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6555: To break through

is a man
אִ֝֗ישׁ (’îš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 376: A man as an individual, a male person

who
אֲשֶׁ֤ר (’ă·šer)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's Hebrew 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

does not
אֵ֣ין (’ên)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

control
מַעְצָ֣ר (ma‘·ṣār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4623: Subjectively, control

his temper.
לְרוּחֽוֹ׃ (lə·rū·ḥōw)
Preposition-l | Noun - common singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7307: Wind, breath, exhalation, life, anger, unsubstantiality, a region of the sky, spirit
(28) Like a city that is broken down, and without walls.--Exposed to the assault of every temptation.

Verse 28 - A proverb like the last, concerned with self-control. In the Hebrew it runs thus (see on Ver. 11): A city that is broken down without wall - a man on whose spirit is no restraint. "A city broken down" is explained by the next words. "without wall," and therefore undefended and open to' the first invader (comp. 2 Chronicles 32:5; Nehemiah 2:13). To such a city is compared the man who puts no restraint on his passions, desires, and affections; he is always in danger of being carried away by them and involved in sin and destruction; he has no defence when temptation assaults him, having lost self-control (comp. Proverbs 16:32). The old gnomes hold always true -

Θυμοῦ κρατῆσαι κἀπιθυμίας καλόν.
Desire and passion it is good to rule."

Ταμιεῖον ἀρετῆς ἐστι σωφροσύνη μόνη
"Virtue's true storehouse is wise self-control." A Chinese maxim says. "Who can govern himself is fit to govern the world." Septuagint, "As a city whose wails are broken down and which is unwalled, so is a man who does aught without counsel." St. Jerome, by the addition of the words, in loquendo, applies the proverb to intemperance in language, "So is he who is not able to restrain his spirit in speaking." Commenting on this, St. Gregory ('Moral,' 7:59) says, "Because it is without the wall of silence, the city of the mind lies open to the darts of the enemy, and when it casts itself forth in words, it exhibits itself exposed to the adversary, and he gets the mastery of it without trouble, in proportion as the soul that he has to overcome combats against its own self by much talking" (Oxford transl.).



25:19. Confidence in an unfaithful man is painful and vexatious; when we put any stress on him, he not only fails, but makes us feel for it. 20. We take a wrong course if we think to relieve those in sorrow by endeavouring to make them merry. 21,22. The precept to love even our enemies is an Old Testament commandment. Our Saviour has shown his own great example in loving us when we were enemies. 23. Slanders would not be so readily spoken, if they were not readily heard. Sin, if it receives any check, becomes cowardly. 24. It is better to be alone, than to be joined to one who is a hinderance to the comfort of life. 25. Heaven is a country afar off; how refreshing is good news from thence, in the everlasting gospel, which signifies glad tidings, and in the witness of the Spirit with our spirits that we are God's children! 26. When the righteous are led into sin, it is as hurtful as if the public fountains were poisoned. 27. We must be, through grace, dead to the pleasures of sense, and also to the praises of men. 28. The man who has no command over his anger, is easily robbed of peace. Let us give up ourselves to the Lord, and pray him to put his Spirit within us, and cause us to walk in his statutes.
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