Job 28 Notes, Meaning, and Commentary

Job 28


Job 28:1

Surely there is a mine for silver, And a place for gold which they refine.

Job 28:2

Iron is taken out of the earth, And copper is molten out of the stone.

Job 28:3

[Man] setteth an end to darkness, And searcheth out, to the furthest bound, The stones of obscurity and of thick darkness.

Job 28:4

He breaketh open a shaft away from where men sojourn; They are forgotten of the foot; They hang afar from men, they swing to and fro.

Job 28:5

As for the earth, out of it cometh bread; And underneath it is turned up as it were by fire.

Job 28:6

The stones thereof are the place of sapphires, And it hath dust of gold.

Job 28:7

That path no bird of prey knoweth, Neither hath the falcon’s eye seen it:

Job 28:8

The proud beasts have not trodden it, Nor hath the fierce lion passed thereby.

Job 28:9

He putteth forth his hand upon the flinty rock; He overturneth the mountains by the roots.

Job 28:10

He cutteth out channels among the rocks; And his eye seeth every precious thing.

Job 28:11

He bindeth the streams that they trickle not; And the thing that is hid bringeth he forth to light.

Job 28:12

But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?

Job 28:13

Man knoweth not the price thereof; Neither is it found in the land of the living.

Job 28:14

The deep saith, It is not in me; And the sea saith, It is not with me.

Job 28:15

It cannot be gotten for gold, Neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof.

Job 28:16

It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, With the precious onyx, or the sapphire.

Job 28:17

Gold and glass cannot equal it, Neither shall it be exchanged for jewels of fine gold.

Job 28:18

No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal: Yea, the price of wisdom is above rubies.

Job 28:19

The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, Neither shall it be valued with pure gold.

Job 28:20

Whence then cometh wisdom? And where is the place of understanding?

Job 28:21

Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, And kept close from the birds of the heavens.

Job 28:22

Destruction and Death say, We have heard a rumor thereof with our ears.

Job 28:23

God understandeth the way thereof, And he knoweth the place thereof.

Job 28:24

For he looketh to the ends of the earth, And seeth under the whole heaven;

Job 28:25

To make a weight for the wind: Yea, he meteth out the waters by measure.

Job 28:26

When he made a decree for the rain, And a way for the lightning of the thunder;

Job 28:27

Then did he see it, and declare it; He established it, yea, and searched it out.

Job 28:28

And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; And to depart from evil is understanding.

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