Job 12:14
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New International Version
What he tears down cannot be rebuilt; those he imprisons cannot be released.

King James Bible
Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again: he shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.

Darby Bible Translation
Behold, he breaketh down, and it is not built again; he shutteth up a man, and there is no opening.

World English Bible
Behold, he breaks down, and it can't be built again. He imprisons a man, and there can be no release.

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, He breaketh down, and it is not built up, He shutteth against a man, And it is not opened.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

He breaketh down - He alone can create, and he alone can destroy. Nothing can be annihilated but by the same Power that created it. This is a most remarkable fact. No power, skill, or cunning of man can annihilate the smallest particle of matter. Man, by chemical agency, may change its form; but to reduce it to nothing belongs to God alone. In the course of his providence God breaks down, so that it cannot be built up again. See proofs of this in the total political destruction of Nineveh, Babylon, Persepolis, Tyre, and other cities, which have broken down never to be rebuilt; as well as the Assyrian, Babylonian, Grecian, and Roman empires, which have been dismembered and almost annihilated, never more to be regenerated.

He shutteth up a man - He often frustrates the best laid purposes, so that they can never be brought to good effect.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

he breaketh

Job 9:12,13 Behold, he takes away, who can hinder him? who will say to him, What do you...

Job 11:10 If he cut off, and shut up, or gather together, then who can hinder him?

Isaiah 14:23 I will also make it a possession for the bittern, and pools of water: and I will sweep it with the besom of destruction...

Jeremiah 51:58,64 Thus said the LORD of hosts; The broad walls of Babylon shall be utterly broken, and her high gates shall be burned with fire...

Malachi 1:4 Whereas Edom said, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus said the LORD of hosts, They shall build...

he shutteth

Job 16:11 God has delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into the hands of the wicked.

1 Samuel 17:46 This day will the LORD deliver you into my hand; and I will smite you, and take your head from you...

1 Samuel 24:18 And you have showed this day how that you have dealt well with me: for as much as when the LORD had delivered me into your hand...

1 Samuel 26:8 Then said Abishai to David, God has delivered your enemy into your hand this day: now therefore let me smite him, I pray you...

*marg:

Isaiah 22:22 And the key of the house of David will I lay on his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut...

Romans 11:32 For God has concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy on all.

*marg:

Revelation 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things said he that is holy, he that is true, he that has the key of David...

up. Heb. upon

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Whether, for Salvation, it is Necessary to Believe Anything which is Beyond Natural Reason
Whether, for Salvation, it is Necessary to Believe Anything which is Beyond Natural Reason We proceed to the third article thus: 1. It seems that for salvation it is not necessary to believe anything which is beyond natural reason. For it seems that what naturally belongs to a thing is sufficient for its salvation and perfection. Now the things of faith are beyond natural reason, since they are unseen, as was said in Q. 1, Art. 4. To believe in them is therefore unnecessary for salvation. 2. Again,
Aquinas—Nature and Grace

Whether Prudence is in us by Nature?
Objection 1: It would seem that prudence is in us by nature. The Philosopher says that things connected with prudence "seem to be natural," namely "synesis, gnome" [*{synesis} and {gnome}, Cf. [2754]FS, Q[57], A[6]] and the like, but not those which are connected with speculative wisdom. Now things belonging to the same genus have the same kind of origin. Therefore prudence also is in us from nature. Objection 2: Further, the changes of age are according to nature. Now prudence results from age,
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Cross References
Revelation 3:7
"To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.

Job 19:10
He tears me down on every side till I am gone; he uproots my hope like a tree.

Job 37:7
So that everyone he has made may know his work, he stops all people from their labor.

Isaiah 22:22
I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.

Isaiah 25:2
You have made the city a heap of rubble, the fortified town a ruin, the foreigners' stronghold a city no more; it will never be rebuilt.

Ezekiel 26:14
I will make you a bare rock, and you will become a place to spread fishnets. You will never be rebuilt, for I the LORD have spoken, declares the Sovereign LORD.

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