Proverbs 25:28 Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.
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I think this is a literal statement. The City walls are it’s defenses. I interpret this to mean that if we do not exercise self-control we are the easily overrun and potentially destroyed by the enemy.
Wisdom is a defense as stated in Ecclesiastes, and wisdom gives life. Self control is based on wisdom. One controls himself/herself because s/he has learned through experience or sound doctrine that behavior has consequences. Though self control one acts, or refrains from acting, to achieve the desired results. If one does not have self control s/he becomes vulnerable to his/her environment and the intentions of others.
If you don't have self-control, you are at the mercy of anyone or anything that wants to manipulate and control you. Addicts are a prime example of what it looks like when you lose self control - you don't control you, something else controls you. A city whose walls are broken through is what's left when an invading army has overcome it and taken control of it. The city's inhabitants are no longer in control; an outside force is.
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