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Dog Returns to his Vomit

Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 26 P. 402 – Dog Returns to his Vomit

Proverbs 26: King James Bible

Dog Returns to his Vomit – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty six, Verse 11

11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.

Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Dog Returns to his Vomit

The last devotional went through different rewards for the fool and also the transgressor. The verse above is still flowing forward talking about the fool, but is pointing out actions rather than consequences.

If you missed it, you may want to go and have a peek at the previous devotional called Fools and Transgressors. The reason you’d want to revisit that particular post, is to check out the lists of different things the Lord rewards the fool.

You will see that none of the rewards are anything that any sane human being would consciously strive for, but then again we wind up immediately with the verse above. The dog returns to his vomit, and a fool returns to his folly.

Despite the warnings, the examples, the consequences, the harm brought to the fool on every level, and even pleas from the Father, they return to right back to the things that cause them so much trouble. If you believe that the Lord is real, and know full well that there is a God, you are already disqualified from being a fool.

However, we can at times all behave foolishly. I can think immediately of an example that goes right with the flow of this post…

For a rather crude example, vomiting is an awful thing. If this happens to me, the first thing I want to do is drab a drink of just about anything, to get the taste out of my mouth.

Well guess what happens after that? The process starts all over again. Because I felt better enough to take a drink after vomiting, didn’t mean that I was better, but was only re-upsetting my stomach with that drink used to remove that nasty taste.

So it happens again, and I take another drink afterwards. But then it happens again. If I don’t realize that it is the drink that is exacerbating the problem, I’d just keep on keeping on, just as a dog returns to his vomit.

Being sick, I may not be thinking clearly enough to figure this out on my own. It may take my wife to point this out to me in order to break the cycle, and take different actions. That is the key right there I believe, to break the cycle that the Lord has introduced to us above.

We can read the verse above and see the wisdom on display, and say to ourselves “Yeah, that makes sense,” but then what? I believe it is to provoke those who are not fools, to intervene in order to either help the fool out of his foolishness, or to at least give positive influence to the fool, so that one day he may understand and remove himself from foolishness.

Why should we involve ourselves with rebuking a fool? Because sometimes, it takes someone outside the cycle to help break that cycle. I believe that the Lord uses us in this way. Whenever the Lord leads us to do something, it is because something needs to be done. We spoke about this earlier in this chapter in a devotional called “Fool and his Folly.”

Yes, a fool may be a fool, but he is not without hope. So long as the Lord’s blessed him with breath, there is still hope for a fool. Never forget, that many of the body of Christ were as the fool before being reborn in the Lord, and often, it took someone outside the proverbial cycle above to do something to open their eyes.

Related New Testament Scripture

1 Corinthians 1: King James Bible

17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. 18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.

1 Corinthians 1: King James Bible

20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

1 Corinthians 1: King James Bible

21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

1 Corinthians 3: King James Bible

19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

Titus 3: King James Bible

3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. 4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 

5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior; 7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.



Please help us to always remember the place we were in just before turning to you. May we never forget and always bear that in mind should you ever direct us to intervene on the fool’s behalf, so we may not be heady or high minded, and cause harm instead of good. Teach us what must be done in every situation that requires our engagement, and lead us through your Holy Ghost, giving us the correct things to say or do, for your very names sake. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.



Have you ever found yourself in that cycle of foolishness, as the dog returns to his vomit?

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  1. Thanks Brian…yes, it is necessary at times, to give sound advice to a fool. As you said, not high minded, but with sympathy. For we were walking afar off, before we heard the Lord’s call. How ironic that the world looks at us as fools. They think that it is foolishness to deprive ourselves of pleasure, to be obedient. I disagree with them…it really isn’t difficult to obey the Lord, when we see the world through the eyes of God. Thanks Brian…stay strong Brother.

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