Wisdom of Solomon #26

October 20, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Proverbs 26:11 (NIV)

As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.


The Apostle Peter quoted this verse in 2Peter 2:19b-22 bringing it in relation to the Christian life.

For you are a slave to whatever controls you. And when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before. It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life. They prove the truth of this proverb: “A dog returns to its vomit.” And another says, “A washed pig returns to the mud.”


  • The word wickedness is correctly translated as pollutions in the KJV.
  • It comes from the verb, which means to pollute, to defile, to tinge, to stain with colour as the staining of glass.


According to the Lord Jesus Christ and the Apostles Paul as well as Peter, there are a few things that can pollute and stain our hearts and consciences.


  • The sinful nature defiles us. (Matt 15:18-20; Mark 7:20-23; Rom 7:18; Gal 5:17-20)
  • In fact, when we were still walking according to the course of this world, in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and the mind we were controlled by the sinful nature and were slaves to it. (Eph 2:1-3; Rom 7:25; 8:5,8)
  • Bitterness can also defile us. (Heb 12:15)
  • So too does having fellowship with ungodly people and those who call themselves Christians but are still controlled by their sinful nature. (1Cor 5:8-11; Jude 1:4-5,8; 2Pet 2:1-3,10,14-15,17-19)


The word knowing (knowledge in the KJV) means: knowledge which powerfully influences the form of the religious life and determines the manifestations of the religious life.


  • In other words, when we came to know and confessed the Lord Jesus as our Lord and Saviour and followed him through the baptismal water, our lives have powerfully and significantly changed!
  • We have crucified the sinful nature. (Gal 5:24; Col 2:11-14)
  • We were made free from its desires and cravings.
  • We also escaped the defilement and stain of this corrupt world with its influences. (2Pet 1:4; 2:20)


However, should we become entangled in it again

– this may happen because we have not heeded to the warnings of Jesus and the Apostles, or have given in to temptations and not asked forgiveness and cleansing –

we are worse off than when we were still living in the world.





 May we have steadfast hearts towards the Lord Jesus Christ.

(Ps 51:10; 57:7)


May we walk in the ways of the Lord and be steadfast in it.

(2Chr 27”6; Ps 119:5; 1Pet 5:10)


May we remain pure unto the Lord, consecrating our hearts toward Him.

(2Cor 11:3; Phil 1:9-11; 2:13-15; 1Tim 5:2; Tit 1:15; 1John 3:1-3)




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About Edgar Phillips
Husband, Dad, Ordained Minister and Missionary who loves God, Pastoral & Functional Therapist, Imago Professional Facilitator, EFT practitioner.

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