Like cities without walls

proverbs-25-28What people of the world call freedom has its root in the refusal to rein in the passions. It is not liberty, but libertinism.

Lack of self-discipline results in defeat, for it becomes easy for another to dominate the weak.

People who cannot control themselves are like cities without walls to protect them.
Proverbs 25.28 ERV

The strength of a person is in his self-control. We learn to dominate the passions and control mind and body through the will of God, the example of Christ, and the power of the Spirit.

Alone, we are like the unprotected city, an open invitation to manipulation and domination.

4 Replies to “Like cities without walls”

  1. I guess that’s why self-control is such an important fruit of the Spirit found in the Law of Liberty as opposed to the imagined freedoms that come with the imprisoning works of the flesh, which include outbursts of wrath (Galatians 5:13-24).

    1. Interesting you should mention the latter. NET understand the self-control in the verse to refer to temper: “Like a city that is broken down and without a wall, so is a person who cannot control his temper.”

      1. The BBE says, “He whose spirit is uncontrolled is like an unwalled town which has been broken into.”

        When we went through Proverbs in the adult class a couple of years I remember talking about that verse a making the point that you referred to. I tied it together with Proverbs 16:32 which really drives home the point about how it takes more strength to control our self than it does to control others.

        To me, verses like those are what makes the book of Proverbs so practical and unique for our time, but at the same time it’s still a book that carries with it great themes that are found throughout the rest of the scriptures.

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