New American Standard Bible
"He trusts in his house, but it does not stand; He holds fast to it, but it does not endure.
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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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
He shall lean upon his house - This is an allusion to the web or house of the spider. The hope of the hypocrite is called the house which he has built for himself; his home, his refuge, his support. But it shall fail him. In times of trial he will trust to it for support, and it will be found to be as frail as the web of the spider. How little the light and slender thread which a spider spins would avail a man for support in time of danger! So frail and unsubstantial will be the hope of the hypocrite! It is impossible to conceive any figure which would more strongly describe the utter vanity of the hopes of the wicked. A similar comparison occurs in the Koran, Sur. 28, 40: "They who assume any other patrons to themselves besides God, are like the spider building his house; for the house of the spider is most feeble."
He shall hold it fast - Or, he shall lay hold on it to sustain him, denoting the avidity with which the hypocrite seizes upon his hope. The figure is still taken from the spider, and is an instance of a careful observation of the habits of that insect. The idea is, that the spider, when a high wind or a tempest blows, seizes upon its slender web to sustain itself. But it is insufficient. The wind sweeps all away. So the tempest of calamity sweeps away the hypocrite, though he grasps at his hope, and would seek security in that, as a spider does in the light and tenuous thread which it has spun.
LibraryWhether all Merits and Demerits, One's Own as Well as those of Others, Will be Seen by Anyone at a Single Glance?
Objection 1: It would seem that not all merits and demerits, one's own as well as those of others, will be seen by anyone at a single glance. For things considered singly are not seen at one glance. Now the damned will consider their sins singly and will bewail them, wherefore they say (Wis. 5:8): "What hath pride profited us?" Therefore they will not see them all at a glance. Objection 2: Further, the Philosopher says (Topic. ii) that "we do not arrive at understanding several things at the same …
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica
Instruction for the Ignorant:
"Those who hate you will be clothed with shame, And the tent of the wicked will be no longer."
"He has built his house like the spider's web, Or as a hut which the watchman has made.
Their inner thought is that their houses are forever And their dwelling places to all generations; They have called their lands after their own names.
The house of the wicked will be destroyed, But the tent of the upright will flourish.
You who rejoice in Lodebar, And say, "Have we not by our own strength taken Karnaim for ourselves?"
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