Proverbs 25:28

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Hee that hath no rule ouer his owne spirit, is like a citie that is broken downe, and without walles.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

{Like} a city that is broken into {and} without walls Is a man who has no control over his spirit.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

He whose spirit is without restraint Is `like' a city that is broken down and without walls.
- American Standard Version (1901)

He whose spirit is uncontrolled is like an unwalled town which has been broken into.
- Basic English Bible

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

He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
- Webster's Bible

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

A city broken down without walls, [Is] a man without restraint over his spirit!
- Youngs Literal Bible

Like a city broken down and without a wall, so is he whose spirit is without restraint.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Discussion for Proverbs 25

  • Mr. Smith
    The "unfaithful man" in vs 19 speaks of the "old self/man" that Paul refers to in Eph 4:22-24. He is the "sense ruled" man. A person that only trusts in and relies on that which he can experience with the five senses will be unproductive (like a broken tooth or foot out of joint) and will have no rule over his spirit (vs 28). When a man rules his spirit, all things are possible.
  • Irene123
    Pro. 25:5 - Oh, that it could be so!!!
  • BSP
    Verse 15 shows that a mild reply can soften one's demeanor. Speaking in a harsh way can cause one to harden themselves.
  • Rodion Ponomariev
    Chapter 25:12 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.
  • Timk
    Proverbs 25:2, along with Pa7ls admission to Timothy to study the scriptures is what drives me to find the truths of Gods word. I want to become a "king"
  • Cathy-Austin Otekhile
    Verse 5 "take away the dross from the silver " whatever that is in our lives making us an unworthy vessels need to be taking away. We need to put off the old nature and then our vessels can become finer and ready for the master's use. Remember a little yeast leavened the whole lump.

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