New International Version
What he tears down cannot be rebuilt; those he imprisons cannot be released.
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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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
He breaketh down - He alone can create, and he alone can destroy. Nothing can be annihilated but by the same Power that created it. This is a most remarkable fact. No power, skill, or cunning of man can annihilate the smallest particle of matter. Man, by chemical agency, may change its form; but to reduce it to nothing belongs to God alone. In the course of his providence God breaks down, so that it cannot be built up again. See proofs of this in the total political destruction of Nineveh, Babylon, Persepolis, Tyre, and other cities, which have broken down never to be rebuilt; as well as the Assyrian, Babylonian, Grecian, and Roman empires, which have been dismembered and almost annihilated, never more to be regenerated.
He shutteth up a man - He often frustrates the best laid purposes, so that they can never be brought to good effect.
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"To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.
He tears me down on every side till I am gone; he uproots my hope like a tree.
So that everyone he has made may know his work, he stops all people from their labor.
I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.
You have made the city a heap of rubble, the fortified town a ruin, the foreigners' stronghold a city no more; it will never be rebuilt.
I will make you a bare rock, and you will become a place to spread fishnets. You will never be rebuilt, for I the LORD have spoken, declares the Sovereign LORD.
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