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.

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

New King James Version
Whoever has no rule over his own spirit Is like a city broken down, without walls.

New American Standard Bible
Like a city that is broken into and without walls So is a person who has no self-control over his spirit.

NASB 1995
Like a city that is broken into and without walls Is a man who has no control over his spirit.

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

Amplified Bible
Like a city that is broken down and without walls [leaving it unprotected] Is a man who has no self-control over his spirit [and sets himself up for trouble].

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
A city broken down without walls, [Is] a man without restraint over his spirit!

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.

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!

Additional Translations ...
Context
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?









(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.).

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Parallel Commentaries ...


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

his temper.
לְרוּחֽוֹ׃ (lə·rū·ḥōw)
Preposition-l | Noun - common singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 7307: Wind, breath, exhalation, life, anger, unsubstantiality, a region of the sky, spirit


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