He whose spirit is uncontrolled is like an unwalled town which has been broken into.
A person without self-control is like a house with its doors and windows knocked out.
Whoever [has] no rule over his own spirit [Is like] a city broken down, without walls.
He that [hath] no rule over his own spirit [is like] a city [that is] broken down, [and] without walls.
Like a city broken into and left without a wall, so is a person who lacks selfcontrol.
Like a city that is broken down and without a wall, so is a person who cannot control his temper.*
25:28 Like a city that is broken down and without a wall,
so is a person who cannot control his temper.2155
tnHeb “whose spirit lacks restraint” (ASV similar). A person whose spirit (רוּחַ, ruakh) “lacks restraint” is one who is given to outbursts of passion, who lacks self-control (cf. NIV, NRSV, CEV, NLT). This person has no natural defenses but reveals his true nature all the time. The proverb is stating that without self-control a person is vulnerable, like a city without defenses.