Job 8:15
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New International Version
They lean on the web, but it gives way; they cling to it, but it does not hold.

King James Bible
He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand: he shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure.

Darby Bible Translation
He shall lean upon his house, and it shall not stand; he shall lay hold on it, but it shall not endure.

World English Bible
He shall lean on his house, but it shall not stand. He shall cling to it, but it shall not endure.

Young's Literal Translation
He leaneth on his house -- and it standeth not: He taketh hold on it -- and it abideth not.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

He shall lean upon his house - This is all allusion to the spider. When he suspects his web, here called his house, to be frail or unsure, he leans upon it in different parts, propping himself on his hinder legs, and pulling with his fore claws, to see if all be safe. If he find any part of it injured, he immediately adds new cordage to that part, and attaches it strongly to the wall. When he finds all safe and strong, he retires into his hole at one corner, supposing himself to be in a state of complete security, when in a moment the brush or the besom sweeps away both himself, his house, and his confidence. This I have several times observed; and it is in this that the strength and point of the comparison consist. The wicked, whose hope is in his temporal possessions strengthens and keeps his house in repair; and thus leans on his earthly supports; in a moment, as in the case of the spider, his house is overwhelmed by the blast of God's judgments, and himself probably buried in its ruins. This is a very fine and expressive metaphor, which not one of the commentators that I have seen has ever discovered.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

it shall not stand

Job 18:14 His confidence shall be rooted out of his tabernacle, and it shall bring him to the king of terrors.

Job 27:18 He builds his house as a moth, and as a booth that the keeper makes.

Psalm 52:5-7 God shall likewise destroy you for ever, he shall take you away, and pluck you out of your dwelling place...

Psalm 112:10 The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.

Proverbs 10:28 The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.

Matthew 7:24-27 Therefore whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man, which built his house on a rock...

Luke 6:47-49 Whoever comes to me, and hears my sayings, and does them, I will show you to whom he is like...

Library
Two Kinds of Hope
'Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider's web.'--JOB viii. 14. 'And hope maketh not ashamed.'--ROMANS v. 5. These two texts take opposite sides. Bildad was not the wisest of Job's friends, and he gives utterance to solemn commonplaces with partial truth in them. In the rough it is true that the hope of the ungodly perishes, and the limits of the truth are concealed by the splendour of the imagery and the perfection of artistic form in which the well-worn platitude is draped.
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Hebrew Sages and their Proverbs
[Sidenote: Role of the sages in Israel's life] In the days of Jeremiah and Ezekiel (Jer. xviii. 18; Ezek. vii. 26) three distinct classes of religious teachers were recognized by the people: the prophets, the priests, and the wise men or sages. From their lips and pens have come practically all the writings of the Old Testament. Of these three classes the wise men or sages are far less prominent or well known. They wrote no history of Israel, they preached no public sermons, nor do they appear
Charles Foster Kent—The Origin & Permanent Value of the Old Testament

Cross References
Job 8:22
Your enemies will be clothed in shame, and the tents of the wicked will be no more."

Job 27:18
The house he builds is like a moth's cocoon, like a hut made by a watchman.

Psalm 49:11
Their tombs will remain their houses forever, their dwellings for endless generations, though they had named lands after themselves.

Proverbs 14:11
The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish.

Amos 6:13
you who rejoice in the conquest of Lo Debar and say, "Did we not take Karnaim by our own strength?"

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