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The Importance of Self-Discipline and Self-Control
Proverbs 5:23 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
23 He will die for lack of discipline,
and because of his great foolishness he will go astray.
He will die for lack of discipline: He is taken control of by force, i.e., ensnared, (influenced) by his own sinful desires, which overcome his lack of self-disciple. Self-disciple and self-control (מוּסָר musar) are the moral qualities of a wise person. (Prov. 1:3) A servant of God is obligated to be satisfied with his one wife.
And because of his great foolishness he will go astray: The foolishness (אִוֶּלֶת ivveleth) of the foolish one, who has the trait of acting stupidly or rashly because he is devoid of wisdom or understanding, the Hebrew noun focusing on the evil behaviors which occur in this state. The Hebrew verb (שָׁגֵא Shage or שָׁגֵה Shageh) means to go astray, wander, stray, err, to sin either intentionally or unintentionally by being led astray due to the wicked one’s influence or one’s own lack of self-discipline or self-control.
An unwise person lacks discipline, the ability to control oneself. His fleshly desires lead his life. His wife no longer captivates this foolish young man, as he is spellbound by his sinful desires, leading him to ruination.