What does this mean?
Proverbs 26:11. Like a dog that returns to its vomit Is a fool who repeats his folly.
What does this mean? Proverbs 26:11. Like a dog that returns to its vomit Is a fool who repeats his folly
What does this mean?
You, Lord, keep my lamp burning;
my God turns my darkness into light
- @St.Roymond Because I’m the person who quoted Proverbs 26:11 here in the forum most recently, I suppose I ought to be the one who attempts to explain it, but given the challenge that an explanation would entail, I will gladly defer to you if you want to try to explain it.
Don’t keep getting fooled over and over again. Learn from your mistakes.
In the ancient Near East, light was conceptually associated with life. They thought that the eyes were the lamp of the body and that light shined out of a person’s eyes to allow them to see. Eyes that were going dim meant someone was close to death and you were dead if the light in your eyes went out. God was seen as a self-generating light source and when his eyes were on you, or his face was turned toward you, you were living in God’s light, which was associated with blessing, prosperity, and security. For God to remove his light by turning his face from you was to be forced to live in darkness (peril, suffering, insecurity). So, many prayers and blessings draw on this conceptual idea of light being life/blessing and darkness being death/suffering. This Psalm is praising God for giving life (keeping the lamp of the eyes burning is keeping a person alive) and shining the light of his presence on the person by watching over him.
- Small but, IMO, important point. Psalm 18 doesn’t praise just any god, it praises Yahweh Elohim.
\there is something distasteful, even revolting about eating your own vomit that goes beyond folly. There is also the notion that you should know better, which makes it more than just folly, but willful stupidity…
Of course Proverbs 26 uses this metaphor only in the most general terms as Cathy describes – this is fairly simple and clear. So I find the question of how Peter uses this in 2 Peter 2:22 to be more interesting and where I see it twisted to a meaning contrary to scripture. Peter is talking of those who having been freed from sin by the gospel then returning to a life of unrestrained sin and licentiousness. It is NOT speaking as I have seen others using the passage for those who convert from Christianity to another religion!
It is true that the chapter begins with Paul condemning false teachers but he immediately focuses on those with the specific motivation of returning to the sins which scripture has condemned.
2Peter 2:19 They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption; for whatever overcomes a man, to that he is enslaved. 20 For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overpowered, the last state has become worse for them than the first. 21 For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them.
Paul is specifically attacking those with this idea that the gospel gives us freedom to sin as we like because all will be forgiven.
bible concordance cross referencing provides illustrations that answer this directly…and its talking about Christianity obviously…the idea that a person who escapes the corruption of the world only to be overcome by it again is worse of then before they first escaped!
If you are knowledgable of truth about God and go against that knowledge preaching against God, you are essentially comitting the unpardonable sin.
2 Peter 2: 10Such punishment is specially reserved for those who indulge the corrupt desires of the flesh and despise authority. Bold and self-willed, they are unafraid to slander glorious beings.
20If indeed they have escaped the corruption of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,f only to be entangled and overcome by it again, their final condition is worse than it was at first. 21It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness than to have known it and then to turn away from the holy commandment passed on to them. 22Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,”g and, “A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud.”
When Pharaoh saw that there was relief, however, he hardened his heart and would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the LORD had said.
It does seem a strange thing given Christ told the parable of the prodical son. My thought is that the prodical son was not saved prior to him taking his inheritance…and therefore, the prodical son message isnt contradictory to the passages quoted in Proverbs or 2 Peter.
The unpardonable sin invented by many religions is to change your mind and look for truth elsewhere. Of course the religionists would invent such a thing to discourage anything which cuts into their power base and cash flow.
Ruling by fear and threats is once again the character of the devil rather than God. And this use of religion for ones own benefit is the real blasphemy and unpardonable sin. Jesus calls it “blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.” He speaks of this (Matthew 12:31) in response to Pharisees accusing Him of healing people by the power of “Be-el′zebul, the prince of demons.” They have made their own power agenda the measure of what is of God and what is of the devil. The problem when you do things like this is how you make yourself unreachable, for how can God teach you anything when you confuse good with evil and God with the devil?
@Christy I agree with you about this. The ruach ha-kodesh Hebrew word for Holy Spirit light is my comforter who teaches me.
I’ll want to share this song to you - I really love this song, I’ve been listening over and over because I have this song on loop.
Psalms 104 sung in ancient Hebrew | ברכי נפשי את ה’ - תהלים קד
I can relate with Lyrics. The 104th Psalm especially 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘤𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘺𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵.
𝘣𝘢𝘳𝘤𝘩𝘪 𝘯𝘢𝘧𝘴𝘩𝘪 𝘦𝘵 𝘈𝘥𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘺 - 𝘱𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘰𝘳𝘥 𝘰𝘩 𝘮𝘺 𝘴𝘰𝘶𝘭
𝘈𝘥𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘺 𝘌𝘭𝘰𝘩𝘢𝘺 𝘨𝘢𝘥𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘢 𝘮𝘦𝘰𝘥 - 𝘖 𝘭𝘰𝘳𝘥, 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵
𝘩𝘰𝘥 𝘷𝘦’𝘩𝘢𝘥𝘢𝘳 𝘭𝘢𝘷𝘢𝘴𝘩𝘵𝘢 - 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘤𝘭𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘩𝘰𝘯𝘰𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘮𝘢𝘫𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘺
𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘩 𝘰𝘳 𝘬𝘢𝘴𝘢𝘭𝘮𝘢 - 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘤𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘺𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵, 𝘢𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢 𝘨𝘢𝘳𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵;
𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘩 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘮𝘢𝘯 𝘬𝘢𝘺𝘳𝘪𝘢 - 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘴 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘢 𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘯
𝘩𝘢𝘮𝘬𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘣𝘢’𝘮𝘢𝘪𝘮 𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘺𝘰𝘵𝘢𝘷 - 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘭𝘢𝘺𝘦𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘢𝘮𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘮𝘣𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴
𝘩𝘢𝘴𝘢𝘮 𝘢𝘷𝘪𝘮 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘩𝘶𝘷𝘰 - 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘭𝘰𝘶𝘥𝘴 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘰𝘵
𝘩𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘩𝘢𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘩 𝘢𝘭 𝘬𝘢𝘯𝘧𝘦𝘺 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩 - 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘸𝘢𝘭𝘬𝘦𝘵𝘩 𝘶𝘱𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘥
𝘰𝘴𝘦𝘩 𝘮𝘢𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘷 𝘳𝘶𝘤𝘩𝘦 - 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘵𝘩 𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘴 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘮𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘳𝘴
𝘮𝘦𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘢𝘷 𝘢𝘴𝘩 𝘭𝘰𝘩𝘦𝘵 - 𝘧𝘭𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘧𝘪𝘳𝘦 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳
𝘺𝘢𝘴𝘢𝘥 𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘻 𝘢𝘭 𝘮𝘦𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘩𝘢 - 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘭𝘢𝘪𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘩
𝘣𝘢𝘭 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘰𝘵 𝘤𝘭𝘢𝘮 𝘢’𝘦𝘥 - 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘵 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘣𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳.
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