27 It is not good to eat too much honey,
nor is it honorable to search out matters that are too deep.
28 Like a city whose walls are broken through
is a person who lacks self-control.
Honey is a good thing, and so is research, but too much of either is unwise. Too much honey can ruin the appetite, even to the point of vomiting (25:26). Likewise, one’s appetite for practical wisdom may be ruined by a preoccupation with deep matters. Those who focus on obscurities are at risk of dishonor, it is important to put first things first. This was the principal error of the Pharisees, who “nullif[ied] the word of God by [their] tradition that [they] have handed down,” using an obscure loophole to break the sixth commandment.
Similarly today, there are many who fixate on “God’s will” in personal matters, while ignoring the parts of God’s will which apply to all people at all times. “Avoid sexual immorality,” “give thanks in all circumstances,” and “submit yourself to authority.” Master the essentials first, and you will have the wisdom to handle deeper things.
“Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.” The impulsive person may not realize it, but he exposes himself to many dangers. Those who cannot control their appetites endanger their bodies, those who cannot control their tongues endanger their relationships, and those who cannot control their ambition endanger their peace. A city without walls cannot flourish, and neither can a life without boundaries, they are are a hedge of protection from all kinds of folly.