Thursday, May 23, 2013

How strong are you?

A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls. (Proverbs 25:28 ESV)

Today's Scripture is an example of common sense wisdom. In this saying, lack of control over emotions is said to leave a person defenseless and unprotected. The Revised Standard reverses the Hebrew order of lines in this verse.

The person without self-control: This line is literally “a man who has no restraint over his ruach or his spirit.” Ruach is also used in Proverbs 14:29, where RSV and Today's English Version translate it “temper.” In this verse TEV has “anger.” We may translate this line, for example, “A person who cannot control his anger.…” In some languages this is expressed, for example, “If you cannot make your hot liver cool off …” or “If a person can’t hold his hot insides.…” Is like a city broken into and left without walls: Broken into gives a picture of an attacking army making a breach or opening in the wall or defenses of a city.

As a result, that part of the city is left without a protecting wall. the Common English Version translates “Losing self-control leaves you as helpless as a city without a wall.” In areas where a walled city is unknown, we may say, for example, “… as a city with nothing to protect it.”

I love the description of Jesus before Pilate: And the chief priests accused him of many things. And Pilate again asked him, "Have you no answer to make? See how many charges they bring against you." But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed. (Mark 15:3-5 ESV)

I know I have a long way to go. How about you?