New International Version
The house he builds is like a moth's cocoon, like a hut made by a watchman.
King James Bible
He buildeth his house as a moth, and as a booth that the keeper maketh.
Darby Bible Translation
He buildeth his house as the moth, and as a booth that a keeper maketh.
World English Bible
He builds his house as the moth, as a booth which the watchman makes.
Young's Literal Translation
He hath built as a moth his house, And as a booth a watchman hath made.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
He buildeth his house as a moth - With great skill, great pains, and great industry; but the structure, however skillful, shall be dissolved; and the materials, however costly, shall be brought to corruption. To its owner it shall be only a temporary habitation, like that which the moth makes in its larve or caterpillar state, during its change from a chrysalis to a winged insect.
As a booth that the keeper maketh - A shed which the watchman or keeper of a vineyard erects to cover him from the scorching sun, while watching the ripening grapes, that they may be preserved from depredation. Travellers in the East have observed that such booths or sheds are made of the lightest and most worthless materials; and after the harvest or vintage is in, they are quite neglected, and by the winter rains, etc., are soon dissolved and destroyed.
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LibraryThe Touchstone of Godly Sincerity
Who, then, is this "wicked man," thus portrayed before us? And what are the first symptoms of his depravity? We ask not the question idly, but in order that we take heed against the uprise of such an evil in ourselves. "Beneath the saintly veil the votary of sin May lurk unseen; and to that eye alone Which penetrates the heart, may stand revealed." The hypocrite is very often an exceedingly neat imitation of the Christian. To the common observer he is so good a counterfeit that he entirely escapes …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 17: 1871
Wesley in St. Albans Abbey
They lean on the web, but it gives way; they cling to it, but it does not hold.
He is torn from the security of his tent and marched off to the king of terrors.
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