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A well-known insect, remarkable for the thread which it spins, and with which it forms a web of curious texture, but so frail that it is exposed to be broken and destroyed by the slightest accident. To the slenderness of this filmy workmanship Job compares the hope of the wicked, Job 8:14 . So also in Isaiah 59:5 , it is shown that the works of sinners are utterly inadequate to cover or protect them. In Proverbs 30:28 , it is said in our version that "the spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' palaces;" but the Hebrew employs here a different word, which signifies, according to the best interpreters, a species of lizard frequent in Palestine.

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Rand, W. W. Entry for 'Spider'. American Tract Society Bible Dictionary. 1859.

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