Should You Restrain Your Spirit?

A city broken down without walls, man which not restrains to his spirit.

Proverbs 25:28

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Please observe the following characteristics of spirits.

  1. You must restrain your spirit. 1The Hebrew noun “restrain” (“מַעְצָ֣ר”) relates to the root verb “restrain” (“עָצָר”). In Genesis 16:2, Sarai said, “Yahweh “restrained me” (“עֲצָרַ֤נִי”–Qal perfect, third masculine singular) from bearing children” (see also Genesis 20:18). In Numbers 16:48, the plague “was restrained” (“תֵּעָצַ֖ר”–Niphal consecutive imperfect, third feminine singular) (see also Numbers 16:50; 25:8; 1 Chronicles 21:22). In Deuteronomy 11:17, Yahweh when angered may restrain (“עָצַ֤ר”–Qal conjunctive, third masculine singular)  the heavens from raining (see 1 Kings 8:35).. In Deuteronomy 32:36, God described a slave (“עָצ֥וּר”–Qal passive participles, masculine singular) as a restrained one in contrast to the free one passive participle, masculine singular)–notice the passive voice for the restraining (see also 1 Kings 4:10; 21:21; 2 Kings 9:8; 14:26). In Judges 13:15, In 1 Samuel 9:17, Manoah said to Angel of Yahwe, “Let us restrain–please” (נַעְצְרָה־נָּ֣א”–Qal imperfect cohortative, first plural)  Angel of Yahweh while they prepared a goat for food.   In 1 Samuel 9:17, Yahweh described Saul as the one who will restrain (“יַעְצֹ֥ר”–Qal imperfect, third masculine singular)  His people. In 1 Samuel 21:6, we see the women “restrained from us”  (“עֲצֻֽרָה־לָ֙נוּ֙”) for three days to promote purity.  In 1 Kings 189:44, action was required before the rain will restrain (“יַעַצָרְכָ֖ה”Qal imperfect, third masculine singular | second masculine singular) action. In 2 Kings 4:24, the woman said, “do not “restrain for me” (“תַּעֲצָר־לִ֣י”–Qal imperfect, second masculine singular-preposition | first construct singular) the pace” of the donkey. In 2 Kings 17:4, the king restrained (“יַּעַצְרֵ֙הוּ֙”–Qal consecutive imperfect, third masculine singular | third masculine singular) a conspirator and imprisoned him. In 1 Chronicles 1:21, David was restrained (“עָצ֔וּר”–Qal passive participle, masculine singular) from Saul when David received some mighty men who joined his forces. Based upon all those uses of the term restrained, it seems that the man who does not restrain his spirit with be like a city with broken down walls.
  2. Failing to restrain your spirit means your life is like a city with broken walls.
  3. Normally, walls protect a city from outside attack. In this case, the walls may insure safety for the person inside the walls by restraining the spirit from going outside the walls.
  4. When a man fails to restrain his spirit, then attacks from outside the man may be unimpeded and more devastating.
  5. When a man restrains his spirit, he has a wall of  defense against outside attacks.
  6. The spirit of a man provides defense against a spiritual attack from outside, but only when the man restrains his spirit. 

Therefore, we may conclude that failing to restrain your spirit may lead to sin.