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Proverbs 18:11

Context
NETBible

The wealth 1  of a rich person is like 2  a strong city, 3  and it is like a high wall in his imagination. 4 

XREF

De 32:31; Job 31:24,25; Ps 49:6-9; Ps 52:5-7; Ps 62:10,11; Pr 10:15; Pr 11:4; Ec 7:12; Lu 12:19-21

NET © Notes

sn This proverb forms a contrast with the previous one. The rich, unlike the righteous, trust in wealth and not in God.

tn The comparative “like” does not appear in the Hebrew text, but is implied by the metaphor; it is supplied for the sake of clarity.

tn Heb “city of his strength”; NIV “fortified city.” This term refers to their place of refuge, what they look to for security and protection in time of trouble.

tc The MT reads בְּמַשְׂכִּיתוֹ (bÿmaskito, “in his imaginations”). The LXX, Tg. Prov 18:11, and the Latin reflect בִּמְשֻׂכָּתוֹ (bimsukato, “like a fence [or, high wall]”) that is, wealth provides protection. The MT reading, on the other hand, suggests that this security is only in the mind.

tn The proverb is an observation saying, reporting a common assumption without commenting on it. The juxtaposition with the last verse is a loud criticism of this misguided faith. The final word בְּמַשְׂכִּיתוֹ (“in his imaginations”) indicates that one’s wealth is a futile place of refuge.



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