New American Standard Bible
"Behold, He tears down, and it cannot be rebuilt; He imprisons a man, and there can be no release.
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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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Behold, he breaketh down - None can repair what he pulls down. Cities and towns he can devote to ruin by fire, or earthquake, or the pestilence, and so completely destroy them that they can never be rebuilt. We may now refer to such illustrations as Sodom, Babylon, Petra, Tyre, Herculaneum, and Pompeii, as full proof of what is here affirmed.
He shutteth up a man - He can shut up a man in such difficulties and straits that he cannot extricate himself; see Job 11:10. The Chaldee renders this, "he shuts up a man in the grave (בקבורתא) and it cannot be opened." But the more correct idea is, that God has complete control over a man, and that he can so hedge up his way that he cannot help himself.
LibraryWhether it is Necessary for Salvation to Believe Anything Above the Natural Reason?
Objection 1: It would seem unnecessary for salvation to believe anything above the natural reason. For the salvation and perfection of a thing seem to be sufficiently insured by its natural endowments. Now matters of faith, surpass man's natural reason, since they are things unseen as stated above (Q, A). Therefore to believe seems unnecessary for salvation. Objection 2: Further, it is dangerous for man to assent to matters, wherein he cannot judge whether that which is proposed to him …
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica
Whether Derision Can be a Mortal Sin?
"And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts and no one opens, says this:
"He breaks me down on every side, and I am gone; And He has uprooted my hope like a tree.
"He seals the hand of every man, That all men may know His work.
"Then I will set the key of the house of David on his shoulder, When he opens no one will shut, When he shuts no one will open.
For You have made a city into a heap, A fortified city into a ruin; A palace of strangers is a city no more, It will never be rebuilt.
"I will make you a bare rock; you will be a place for the spreading of nets. You will be built no more, for I the LORD have spoken," declares the Lord GOD.
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