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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.

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.

Commentary for Job 28

Concerning wordly wealth. (1-11) Wisdom is of inestimable value. (12-19) Wisdom is the gift of God. (20-28)1-11 Job maintained that the dispensations of Providence were regulated by the highest wisdom. To confirm this, he showed of what a great deal of knowledge and wealth men may make themselves masters. The caverns of the earth may be discovered, but not the counsels of Heaven. Go to the miners, thou sluggard in religion, consider their ways, and be wise. Let their courage and diligence in seeking the wealth that perishes, shame us out of slothfulness and faint-heartedness in labouring for the true riches. How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! How much easier, and safer! Yet gold is sought for, but grace neglected. Will the hopes of precious things out of the earth, so men call them, though really they are paltry and perishing, be such a spur to industry, and shall not the certain prospect of truly precious things in heaven be much more so?

12-19 Job here speaks of wisdom and understanding, the knowing and enjoying of God and ourselves. Its worth is infinitely more than all the riches in this world. It is a gift of the Holy Ghost which cannot be bought with money. Let that which is most precious in God's account, be so in ours. Job asks after it as one that truly desired to find it, and despaired of finding it any where but in God; any way but by Divine revelation.

20-28 There is a two-fold wisdom; one hid in God, which is secret, and belongs not to us; the other made known by him, and revealed to man. One day's events, and one man's affairs, have such reference to, and so hang one upon another, that He only, to whom all is open, and who sees the whole at one view, can rightly judge of every part. But the knowledge of God's revealed will is within our reach, and will do us good. Let man look upon this as his wisdom, To fear the Lord, and to depart from evil. Let him learn that, and he is learned enough. Where is this wisdom to be found? The treasures of it are hid in Christ, revealed by the word, received by faith, through the Holy Ghost. It will not feed pride or vanity, or amuse our vain curiosity. It teaches and encourages sinners to fear the Lord, and to depart from evil, in the exercise of repentance and faith, without desiring to solve all difficulties about the events of this life.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Job 28

  • Stanjett on Job 28
    28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom and to depart from evil is understanding
  • Crystal on Job 28
    I believe the only way to have wisdom and understand is to have faith and trust in our Savior Jesus Christ. In this Chapter of Job tells this plain and clear. No matter what Satan did to Job he never blame God for any of it. It show us no matter what Satan does to us we can always trust Jesus. Like it said in 1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such is common to man God is
  • James Johnson on Job 28
    Their is nothing as breathtaking as a good thunderstorm especially over a beautiful mountain range or a ocean. It reminds me that God is ultimately at the controls he is great and greatly to be feared. But he don't want us to serve him because we fear him but because we love him. Creation shows how great he is and deserves our loyalty and devotion."We love him because he first loved us" John's...
  • Anne on Job 28
    Wisdom can only be found in God. Men may seek for gold, silver and other precious stones in the earth but wisdom can only be found in God.
  • Gwendolyn Bethel on Job 28
    This is my favorite verse , it helps me to meditate more focused . It reminds us that no one or nothing can compare.
  • Courtley hunt on Job 28
    Job 28 tells about how awsome God is. It makes mention of the of the great understanding of the Holy God.
  • Ernest Brown on Job 28
    A very interesting chapter endinng just like Ecclestites chapter 12 verse 13. May God be praised, Amen.
  • Timothy L on Job 28
    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 !!!
  • ED on Job 28
    GRADY in the beggining the scriptures said by our FATHER himself hear the word and i will teach you my wisdom .then it was changed to fear.just one letter changes its meaning check it out ok. salt water and sweet water cant come our of the same spring .the comandment spoken by MOSES was to love your maker not fear him.and love your neibor like you love your maker.because he is your bro. or sister. IF you fear him sooner or latter you will judge him for something he did in your life.every thing that happens in this life is for our own good.not only does he speek to us through is word .he also speeks to us in a solf voice inside of us.and he never lies.sure he is on the outside of us,because he is everwhere,but his voice inside of you can and will teach you things you never heard before and no outher person has ever heard before.and the scriptures will prove it to you.thats when the scriptures come alive only then can anyone know the truth.remember MAN teaches what he believes is truth.but your creator teaches what he knows is the truth.and he cant lie.he and his word was alone when he created and no one was there to tell him how to do it.love you
  • Lindiwe on Job 28
    Job here is looking the amazing wisdom of the miners of all type of minerals that are hidden under the ground,such are economic resources peolpe can even fight for and be killed in such battles but he says even that wisdom is not compared to the wisdom that God gives to the person who obeys and fear the Lord. people who always run away from evil are considered people of understanding.


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