As A Dog Returneth To His Vomit


As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.”
Proverbs 26:11

In this Proverb, God compares a sick dog returning and eating it’s own vomit to a person foolishly and repeatedly returning to his own sin.


  1. Whatever the dog ate in the first place did him no good.  His body rejected the meal and vomited it out.  Even so, sin does us no good.  We know from experience that sin does us no good.  Though there may be “pleasure” temporarily, yet there is never anything good that comes out of sin.  Heartache, regret, guilt, hurt, and destruction are the end results of sin. Sin is to be rejected from our lives.
  2. God views foolish sin as something repulsive.  Few things are as disgusting as dog vomit.  There is nothing pleasant or appealing about dog vomit.If we could only see our sin and disobedience for what it really is, disgusting foolishness.
  3. Returning to consume that which made the dog sick in the first place is extreme foolishness. For man to continually return to that which brought so much heart ache, emptiness, and pain is extremely foolish.

Praise the Lord that Jesus Christ can and will deliver us from any sin, regardless of how habitual or addictive it may be.  The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin! God’s Word, hidden in our hearts can keep us from sin.

Satan’s Expertise

Satan is an expert on “perversion!”

  • He perverts the Word of God! (Genesis 3:1, “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”)
  • He perverts the Worship of God! (John 4:23, “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.”) – The fact that “true worshippers” worship in truth implies that there are false worshippers who do NOT worship in truth. Also, Revelation 3:9 references the “synagogue of Satan.”  A synagogue is a place of worship.
  • He perverts the Work of God!  (2 Timothy  2:5, “And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.”) Satan has man “serving” God in all kinds of unscriptural ways.
  • He perverts the Way of Salvation! (2 Peter 2:1, “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.”)