NASB — Job 28 — KJV

Job Tells of Earth’s Treasures

  1 “Surely there is a Imine for silver
  And a place IIwhere they refine gold.
  2 “Iron is taken from the dust,
  And copper is smelted from rock.
  3 “[Man] puts an end to darkness,
  And ato the farthest limit he searches out
  The rock in gloom and deep shadow.
  4 “He Isinks a shaft far from IIhabitation,
  Forgotten by the foot;
  They hang and swing to and fro far from men.
  5 “The earth, from it comes food,
  And underneath it is turned up as fire.
  6 “Its rocks are the Isource of sapphires,
  And its dust [contains] gold.
  7 “The path no bird of prey knows,
  Nor has the falcon’s eye caught sight of it.
  8 “The Iproud beasts have not trodden it,
  Nor has the [fierce] lion passed over it.
  9 “He puts his hand on the flint;
  He overturns the mountains at the Ibase.
  10 “He hews out channels through the rocks,
  And his eye sees anything precious.
  11 “He dams up the streams from Iflowing,
  And what is hidden he brings out to the light.

[1] IOr source IILit for gold they refine
[3] aEc 1:13
[4] ILit breaks open IILit sojourning
[6] IOr place
[8] ILit sons of pride
[9] ILit roots
[11] ILit weeping

The Search for Wisdom Is Harder

  12 ¶ “But awhere can wisdom be found?
  And where is the place of understanding?
  13aMan does not know its value,
  Nor is it found in the land of the living.
  14 “The deep says, ‘It is not in me’;
  And the sea says, ‘It is not with me.’
  15aPure gold cannot be given in exchange for it,
  Nor can silver be weighed as its price.
  16 “It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir,
  In precious onyx, or sapphire.
  17aGold or glass cannot equal it,
  Nor can it be exchanged for articles of fine gold.
  18 “Coral and crystal are not to be mentioned;
  And the acquisition of awisdom is above [that of] pearls.
  19 “The topaz of Ethiopia cannot equal it,
  Nor can it be valued in apure gold.
  20aWhere then does wisdom come from?
  And where is the place of understanding?
  21 “Thus it is hidden from the eyes of all living
  And concealed from the birds of the sky.
  22IaAbaddon and Death say,
  ‘With our ears we have heard a report of it.’

[12] aJb 28:23, 28; Ec 7:24
[13] aMt 13:44-46
[15] aPv 3:13, 14; 8:10, 11; 16:16
[17] aPv 8:10; 16:16
[18] aPv 8:11
[19] aPv 8:19
[20] aJb 28:23, 28
[22] II.e. Destruction aJb 26:6; Pv 8:32-36

  23 ¶ “aGod understands its way,
  And He knows its place.
  24 “For He alooks to the ends of the earth
  And sees everything under the heavens.
  25 “When He imparted aweight to the wind
  And bmeted out the waters by measure,
  26 When He set a alimit for the rain
  And a course for the bthunderbolt,
  27 Then He saw it and declared it;
  He established it and also searched it out.
  28 “And to man He said, ‘Behold, the afear of the Lord, that is wisdom;
  And to depart from evil is understanding.’”

[23] aJb 9:4; Pv 8:22-36
[24] aPs 11:4; 33:13, 14; 66:7; Pv 15:3
[25] aPs 135:7 bJb 12:15; 38:8-11
[26] aJb 37:6, 11, 12; 38:26-28 bJb 37:3; 38:25
[28] aPs 111:10; Pv 1:7; 9:10; Ec 12:13


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There is a knowledge of natural things,

1 ¶ Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold [where] they fine [it]. 2 Iron is taken out of the earth, and brass [is] molten [out of] the stone. 3 He setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth out all perfection: the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death. 4 The flood breaketh out from the inhabitant; [even the waters] forgotten of the foot: they are dried up, they are gone away from men. 5 [As for] the earth, out of it cometh bread: and under it is turned up as it were fire. 6 The stones of it [are] the place of sapphires: and it hath dust of gold. 7 [There is] a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture's eye hath not seen: 8 The lion's whelps have not trodden it, nor the fierce lion passed by it. 9 He putteth forth his hand upon the rock; he overturneth the mountains by the roots. 10 He cutteth out rivers among the rocks; and his eye seeth every precious thing. 11 He bindeth the floods from overflowing; and [the thing that is] hid bringeth he forth to light.

[1] Gn 2:11; 23:15; 24:22; 1K 7:48; 10:21; 1Ch 29:2; Ps 12:6; Pv 17:3; 27:21; Is 48:10; Zc 13:9; Mal 3:2; 1P 1:7.
[2] Gn 4:22; Nu 31:22; Dt 8:9; 1Ch 22:14.
[3] Jb 10:21; 12:22; 38:16; Pv 2:4; Ec 1:13; Hab 2:13; Mt 6:33; Lk 16:8.
[5] Gn 1:11, 29; Ps 104:14; Is 28:25; Ezk 28:13.
[6] Ex 24:10; Jb 28:16; So 5:14; Is 54:11; Rv 21:19.
[7] Jb 11:6; 28:21; 38:19, 24; Ro 11:33.
[9] Na 1:4.
[10] Pv 14:23; 24:4; Hab 3:9.
[11] Jb 26:8; Is 37:25; 44:27; 45:2; 1Co 4:5.

but wisdom is an excellent gift of God.

12 But where shall wisdom be found? and where [is] the place of understanding? 13 Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living. 14 The depth saith, It [is] not in me: and the sea saith, [It is] not with me. 15 It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed [for] the price thereof. 16 It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire. 17 The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange of it [shall not be for] jewels of fine gold. 18 No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom [is] above rubies. 19 The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold. 20 Whence then cometh wisdom? and where [is] the place of understanding? 21 Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air. 22 Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears. 23 God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof. 24 For he looketh to the ends of the earth, [and] seeth under the whole heaven; 25 To make the weight for the winds; and he weigheth the waters by measure. 26 When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder: 27 Then did he see it, and declare it; he prepared it, yea, and searched it out. 28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that [is] wisdom; and to depart from evil [is] understanding.

[12] 1K 3:9; Jb 28:20, 28; Ps 51:6; Pv 2:4; 3:19; Ec 7:23; 1Co 1:19; Col 2:3; Jm 1:5, 17.
[13] Jb 28:15, 21; Ps 19:10; 52:5; 119:72; Pv 3:14; 8:11, 18; 16:16; 23:23; Ec 8:16; Is 38:11; 53:8.
[14] Ro 11:33.
[15] Jb 28:18; Pv 3:13; 8:10, 17, 19; 16:16.
[16] Ex 28:20; 1Ch 29:4; Ps 45:9; Is 13:12; Ezk 28:13.
[17] Ezk 1:22; Rv 4:6; 21:11; 22:1.
[18] Pv 3:15; 31:10; Lm 4:7; Ezk 27:16; Mt 7:6; 13:45; 1Ti 2:9; Rv 17:4; 18:12; 21:21.
[19] Ex 28:17; 39:10; Ezk 28:13; Rv 21:20.
[20] Jb 28:12; Pv 2:6; Ec 7:23; 1Co 2:6; Jm 1:5, 17.
[21] Jb 28:7; Ps 49:3; Mt 11:25; 13:17, 35; 1Co 2:7; Col 2:3.
[22] Jb 28:14; Ps 83:10.
[23] Ps 19:7; 147:5; Pv 2:6; 8:14; Mt 11:27; Lk 10:21; Ac 15:18; Ro 11:33; 1Co 1:30; Jde 1:25.
[24] 2Ch 16:9; Pv 15:3; Zc 4:10; Rv 5:6.
[25] Ps 135:7; Is 40:12.
[26] Jb 36:26, 32; 37:3; 38:25; Ps 29:3; 148:8; Jr 14:22; Am 4:7; Zc 10:1.
[27] Ps 19:1; Pv 8:22.
[28] Dt 4:6; 29:29; Ps 34:14; 111:10; Pv 1:7; 3:7; 8:4, 26; 9:10; 13:14; 16:17; Ec 12:13; Is 1:16; 2Ti 2:19; Jm 3:13; 1P 3:11.


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