Job 8:14
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New International Version
What they trust in is fragile; what they rely on is a spider's web.

New Living Translation
Their confidence hangs by a thread. They are leaning on a spider's web.

English Standard Version
His confidence is severed, and his trust is a spider’s web.

New American Standard Bible
Whose confidence is fragile, And whose trust a spider's web.

King James Bible
Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider's web.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
His source of confidence is fragile; what he trusts in is a spider's web.

International Standard Version
his confidence is shattered; his trust is in a spider's web.

NET Bible
whose trust is in something futile, whose security is a spider's web.

New Heart English Bible
Whose confidence shall break apart, Whose trust is a spider's web.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
His confidence is easily shattered. His trust is a spider's web.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Whose confidence is gossamer, And whose trust is a spider's web.

New American Standard 1977
Whose confidence is fragile,
            And whose trust a spider’s web.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For his hope shall be cut off, and his trust is a spider's web.

King James 2000 Bible
Whose confidence shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider's web.

American King James Version
Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider's web.

American Standard Version
Whose confidence shall break in sunder, And whose trust is a spider's web.

Douay-Rheims Bible
His folly shall not please him, and his trust shall be like the spider's web.

Darby Bible Translation
Whose confidence shall be cut off, and his reliance is a spider's web.

English Revised Version
Whose confidence shall break in sunder, and whose trust is a spider's web.

Webster's Bible Translation
Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider's web.

World English Bible
Whose confidence shall break apart, Whose trust is a spider's web.

Young's Literal Translation
Whose confidence is loathsome, And the house of a spider his trust.
Study Bible
Bildad: Job Should Repent
13"So are the paths of all who forget God; And the hope of the godless will perish, 14Whose confidence is fragile, And whose trust a spider's web. 15"He trusts in his house, but it does not stand; He holds fast to it, but it does not endure.…
Cross References
Proverbs 11:7
When a wicked man dies, his expectation will perish, And the hope of strong men perishes.

Isaiah 59:5
They hatch adders' eggs and weave the spider's web; He who eats of their eggs dies, And from that which is crushed a snake breaks forth.

Isaiah 59:6
Their webs will not become clothing, Nor will they cover themselves with their works; Their works are works of iniquity, And an act of violence is in their hands.

Amos 6:13
You who rejoice in Lodebar, And say, "Have we not by our own strength taken Karnaim for ourselves?"
Treasury of Scripture

Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider's web.

web. Heb. house

Isaiah 59:5,6 They hatch cockatrice' eggs, and weave the spider's web: he that …

Verse 14. - Whose hope shall be cut off; or, break in sunder (Revised Version). Here the second metaphor begins to come in. The ungodly, who has built up around him a house, and a body of dependants and friends, is like a spider which has spun itself a magnificent web, and thinks to find a defense in it. The moment it is put to the proof it breaks in sunder;" its delicate tracery is shattered; its fabric goes to nought. Job's house had gone to nought before his person was smitten, and, though it had once been so strong, in the hour of trial had lent him no support at all. And whose trust shall be a spider's web; literally, a spider's house. All the trust of the ungodly, in whatever it consists, shall be as fragile, as frail, as unsubstantial, as the filmy structure that a spider spins with such ears and skill, but which a wind, or a wasp, or an inconsiderate movement of its own may shatter to bits. Whose hope shall be cut off,.... The same thing as before, expressed in different words, and repeated for the certainty of it; signifying that it should be of no manner of use, should be wholly lost, and issue in black despair: the word has the signification of loathing, and is differently rendered, either, "whom his hope shall loathe" (e) or, "who shall loathe his hope" (f); he shall fret and tease, and vex himself that he should be such a fool to entertain such a vain hope, or to place hope and confidence in such vain things, finding himself most sadly disappointed:

and whose trust shall be a spider's web; or "a spider's house" (g); and such its web is to it; having made it, it encloses itself in it, and dwells securely: very fitly is the hope and confidence of an hypocrite compared to a spider's web, which is a very nice and curious piece of workmanship, as are the outward works of righteousness, done by hypocrites they are wrought out and set off to the best advantage, to be seen of men; yet very slight and thin, and will bear no weight; such are the best works of carnal professors; they make a fine appearance, but have no substance, do not flow from principles of grace, nor are done in the strength of Christ, or to the glory of God; are but "splendida peccata", as one calls them, and fall infinitely short of bearing the weight of the salvation of the soul: as the spider's web is spun out of its own bowels, so the works of such persons are wholly of themselves; they are their own, done without the grace of God and spirit of Christ; and such webs are not fit for garments, are too thin to cover naked souls; insufficient to shelter from divine wrath and vengeance; cannot bear the besom of justice, one stroke of which will sweep them all away; and though they may think themselves safe enclosed in them as in a house, they will find themselves in the issue wretchedly mistaken; for there is no shelter, safety, and security, in such cobwebs; there is none but in Christ and his righteousness.

(e) "quem abominabitur spes ejus", Montanus; "fastidit", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "cum taedio rejectabit", Schultens. (f) "Quippe abominabitur spem suam", Schmidt. (g) "domus araneae, vel aranei"; Pagninus, Montanus, &c. 14. cut off—so Gesenius; or, to accord with the metaphor of the spider's "house," "The confidence (on which he builds) shall be laid in ruins" (Isa 59:5, 6).8:8-19 Bildad discourses well of hypocrites and evil-doers, and the fatal end of all their hopes and joys. He proves this truth of the destruction of the hopes and joys of hypocrites, by an appeal to former times. Bildad refers to the testimony of the ancients. Those teach best that utter words out of their heart, that speak from an experience of spiritual and divine things. A rush growing in fenny ground, looking very green, but withering in dry weather, represents the hypocrite's profession, which is maintained only in times of prosperity. The spider's web, spun with great skill, but easily swept away, represents a man's pretensions to religion when without the grace of God in his heart. A formal professor flatters himself in his own eyes, doubts not of his salvation, is secure, and cheats the world with his vain confidences. The flourishing of the tree, planted in the garden, striking root to the rock, yet after a time cut down and thrown aside, represents wicked men, when most firmly established, suddenly thrown down and forgotten. This doctrine of the vanity of a hypocrite's confidence, or the prosperity of a wicked man, is sound; but it was not applicable to the case of Job, if confined to the present world.
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