Proverbs 18:11

11 A rich man's wealth is his fortified city; in his imagination it is like a high wall.[a]

Proverbs 18:11 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 18:11

The rich man's wealth [is] his strong city
In which he dwells, over which he presides; in which he places his trust and confidence, and thinks himself safe from every enemy and from all trouble: as one F19 observes,

``the abundance of a rich man's wealth he conceives to be as it were the abundance of people in a "city"; the telling of his money he imagines to be the walking of people up and down the streets; his bags standing thick together to be so many houses standing close one to the other; his iron barred chests to be so mary bulwarks; his bonds and bills to be his cannons and demi-cannons, his great ordinance; and in the midst of these he thinketh himself environed with a "great wall", which no trouble is able to leap over, which no misery is able to break through.''
As it follows; and as a high wall in his own conceit:
which not only separates and distinguishes him from others; but, as he imagines, will secure him from all dangers, and will be abiding, lasting, and durable: but all this is only "in his own conceit", or "imagery" F20; in the chambers of his imagery, as Jarchi, referring to ( Ezekiel 8:12 ) ; where the same word is used; for this wall shall not stand; these riches cannot secure themselves, they take wing and fly away; and much less the owner of them, not from public calamities, nor from personal diseases of body, nor from death, nor from wrath to come.

F19 Jermin its loc.
F20 (wtykvmb) "in imaginatione ejus", Pagninus, Montanus, Piscator, Cocceius, Gejerus, Schultens; "in imagine sua", Mercerus.

Proverbs 18:11 In-Context

9 The one who is truly lazy in his work is brother to a vandal.
10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are protected.
11 A rich man's wealth is his fortified city; in his imagination it is like a high wall.
12 Before his downfall a man's heart is proud, but before honor comes humility.
13 The one who gives an answer before he listens- this is foolishness and disgrace for him.

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