The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleProverbs 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.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 18:11". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=pr&chapter=018&verse=011>. 1999.