Proverbs teaches us that words fitly spoken are like apples of gold in settings of silver. I’m not sure how this beautiful categorization relates to the eleventh verse of Proverbs 26:

“As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.”
(Proverbs 26:11)

Gold and silver are precious commodities used to commemorate achievements and celebrate relationships. They are of great worth.

In contrast, when we repeat our foolishness we are likened to a dog returning to its vomit. Nothing can turn my stomach more than the word “vomit.” It conjures up the worst of mental images, sounds and smells. Perhaps a more euphemistic term would be better. I guess a rose by any other name is still a rose.

The metaphor stops short because the idea is that a dog returns to its vomit to consume it. Sometimes I’m convinced the master Proverb collector was a youth pastor. This illustration has all the call signs of a youth camp sermon.

Disgusted? Then you get the point.

Don’t repeat your foolish mistakes.

Ask God for the grace to advance in your spiritual life.

Be wise. Avoid dog vomit.