Job 28:28

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And vnto man he said, Behold, the feare of the Lord, that is wisedome, and to depart from euill, is vnderstanding.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"And to man He said, 'Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; And to depart from evil is understanding.'"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; And to depart from evil is understanding.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he said to man, Truly the fear of the Lord is wisdom, and to keep from evil is the way to knowledge.
- Basic English Bible

And unto man he said, Lo, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
- Darby Bible

And to man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
- Webster's Bible

To man he said, 'Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom. To depart from evil is understanding.'"
- World English Bible

And He saith to man: -- `Lo, fear of the Lord, that [is] wisdom, And to turn from evil [is] understanding.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

And unto man He said: 'Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Job 28:28


28:28 Man - Unto Adam in the day in which he was created. And in him, to all his posterity. Said - God spake it, at first to the mind of man, in which he wrote this with his own finger, and afterwards by the holy patriarchs, and prophets, and other teachers, whom he sent into the world to teach men true wisdom. Behold - Which expression denotes the great importance of this doctrine, and withal man's backwardness to apprehend it. The fear of the Lord - True religion. Wisdom - In man's wisdom, because that, and that only, is his duty, and safety, and happiness, both for this life and for the next. Evil - From sin, which is called evil eminently, as being the chief evil, and the cause of all other evils. Religion consists of two branches, doing good, and forsaking evil; the former is expressed in the former clause of this verse, and the latter in these words; and this is the best kind of knowledge or wisdom to which man can attain in this life. The design of Job in this close of his discourse, is not to reprove the boldness of his friends, in prying into God's secrets, and passing such a rash censure upon him, and upon God's carriage towards him; but also to vindicate himself from the imputation of hypocrisy, which they fastened upon him, by shewing that he had ever esteemed it to be his best wisdom, to fear God, and to depart from evil.


Discussion for Job 28

  • Gwendolyn Bethel
    This is my favorite verse , it helps me to meditate more focused . It reminds us that no one or nothing can compare.
  • HARY COLLINS
    Our God is great and awesome. His wisdom is beyond comprehension.
  • Courtley hunt
    Job 28 tells about how awsome God is. It makes mention of the of the great understanding of the Holy God.
  • Morris kamal for verse 12
    Where shall wisdom be found?
  • Ernest Brown
    A very interesting chapter endinng just like Ecclestites chapter 12 verse 13. May God be praised, Amen.
  • Timothy L
    Let every human being follow Job 28 28. And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom and to depart from evil is understanding!!! Oh what PEACE would all find... Also, The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. Proverbs 9 10 Thank you Jesus Christ my Lord and salvation !!!

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