Job 27:18

18 The house he builds is like a moth’s cocoon, like a hut made by a watchman.

Job 27:18 in Other Translations

18 He buildeth his house as a moth, and as a booth that the keeper maketh.
18 He builds his house like a moth's, like a booth that a watchman makes.
18 The wicked build houses as fragile as a spider’s web, as flimsy as a shelter made of branches.
18 They build elaborate houses that won't survive a single winter.
18 The house he built is like a moth's [cocoon] or a booth set up by a watchman.

Job 27:18 Meaning and Commentary

Job 27:18

He buildeth his house as a moth
Which builds its house in a garment by eating into it, and so destroying it, and in time eats itself out of house and home, and however does not continue long in it, but is soon and easily shook out, or brushed off; so a wicked man builds himself an house, a stately palace, like Arcturus F12; so some render the words from ( Job 9:9 ) , a palace among the stars, an heavenly palace and paradise, and expects it will continue for ever; but as he builds it with the mammon of unrighteousness, and to the prejudice and injury of others, and with their money, or what was due to them, so by his sins and iniquities he brings ruin and destruction upon himself and his family, so that his house soon falls to decay, and at least he and his posterity have but a short lived enjoyment of it. This may be applied in a figurative sense to the hypocrite's hope and confidence, which is like a spider's web, a moth eaten garment, and a house built upon the sand; the Septuagint version here adds, "as a spider", ( Job 8:13-15 ) ( Isaiah 51:8 ) ( Matthew 7:26 Matthew 7:27 ) ;

and as a booth [that] the keeper maketh;
either a keeper of sheep, who sets up his tent in a certain place for a while, for the sake of pasturage, and then removes it, to which the allusion is, ( Isaiah 38:12 ) ; or a keeper of fruit, as the Targum, of gardens and orchards, that the fruit is not stolen; or of fig trees and vineyards, as Jarchi and Bar Tzemach, which is only a lodge or hut pitched for a season, until the fruit is gathered in, and then is taken down, see ( Isaiah 1:8 ) ( Lamentations 2:6 ) ; and it signifies here the short continuance of the house of the wicked man, which he imagined would continue for ever, ( Psalms 49:11 ) .


F12 (vek) "quasi Arcturi", Junius & Tremellius; so Aben Ezra.

Job 27:18 In-Context

16 Though he heaps up silver like dust and clothes like piles of clay,
17 what he lays up the righteous will wear, and the innocent will divide his silver.
18 The house he builds is like a moth’s cocoon, like a hut made by a watchman.
19 He lies down wealthy, but will do so no more; when he opens his eyes, all is gone.
20 Terrors overtake him like a flood; a tempest snatches him away in the night.

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