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Isaiah 13:12

“I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

I will make a man more pretious then fine gold; euen a man then the golden wedge of Ophir.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

I will make mortal man scarcer than pure gold And mankind than the gold of Ophir.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

I will make a man more rare than fine gold, even a man than the pure gold of Ophir.
- American Standard Version (1901)

I will make men so small in number, that a man will be harder to get than gold, even the best gold of Ophir.
- Basic English Bible

I will make a man more precious than fine gold, even man than the gold of Ophir.
- Darby Bible

I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.
- Webster's Bible

I will make people more rare than fine gold, even a person than the pure gold of Ophir.
- World English Bible

I make man more rare than fine gold, And a common man than pure gold of Ophir.
- Youngs Literal Bible

I will make man more rare than fine gold, even man than the pure gold of Ophir.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Isaiah 13:12

13:12 More precious - The city and nation shall be so depopulated.

Discussion for Isaiah 13

  • Bennie Martin for verse 5
    ISAIAH. 13:5 "They come from a far off country. " Far to the north of the state of Israel is Russia. Russia, I believe, is the far off country mentioned here. Some say Russia could represent the end of heaven " also in this scripture. On his second coming, others say that Christ will descend on a white cloud from the north bringing His "indignation " to "destroy the whole land from a far. " If you look on a global map far enough to the south of Israel you will come upon the United States of America the most powerful country in the world. Some say that Russia will step up and invade America, knocking out first its energy sources therefore rendering the US dysfunctional without electricity and the internet this country so much depend on. Confusion will run rampant among the armies and air forces of this nation and its allies which will allow Russia to literally walk in and take over this country. This idea may sound farfetched to some, maybe so, but I say to all disbelievers that the end is near. If we pay close attention to bible prophesies and understand them well, you too will see that the return of Christ is nearer than we think.
  • PEARL SANDOVAL for verse 12
    I think the scripture refers to the refinement and the purity of a human being in Jesus Christ. It is He who purifies us and refines us in mind, spirit and soul to be used for His honor and glory and to praise Him. He is God. He came to cleanse us from all unrighteousness and sin, iniquities and transgressions. Thus we become pure and refined through Him for Him, through Him
  • Gregory J.
    Couple this verse with Isiah 21, Jeremiah 50 51 and you get the whole picture of a future event. Babylon is Saudi Arabia more specific Mecca. Elam Iran will attack and destroy Mecca because of the two different sects of Islam, Shiite Muslims against Sunni Muslim.
  • Caro
    I am thinking this is possibly Babylon but the future Babylon and not the one that existed in Daniels Day....maybe even mystery Babylon that the book of Revelation speaks about...a city filled with sin, wealth and the Word calls her that grerat whore. She will be destroyed in one hour...maybe this is Mecca because the world did trade with her...but she shall fall in one hour....I don 't think America figures in this prophecy because we are not near the desert ..nor are we the center where man goes to worship...this is an Arabic Babylon
  • Lolita c bhatia for verse 8
    GOD gives us always a very clear view of all HIS messages to us. I'm a mother, who gave birth and a follower of Christ. It's always in my prayer that people around the world would come and understand the meaning of having the true RELATIONSHIP to our GOD THROUGH CHRIST JESUS our LORD and SAVIOUR.
  • Marietta Alexander for verse 12
    Have studied bible prophecy for years; never in my wildest imagine did I ever think this scripture applied to our generation (2013).The Lord is going to do these things to us! Comet ISON will hit the sun November 28th unleashing solar flares to earth.

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