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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

  • Crystal
    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
  • Gwendolyn Bethel
    This is my favorite verse , it helps me to meditate more focused . It reminds us that no one or nothing can compare.
  • Courtley hunt
    Job 28 tells about how awsome God is. It makes mention of the of the great understanding of the Holy God.
  • 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 !!!
  • Lindiwe
    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.
  • It teaches us not to do bad things and to fear the lord Jesus.
  • Grady F.
    This is a really great chapter here that really sums up one of the recurrent themes of the whole bible which God says over and over. This is it, wisdom is the greatest treasure you can possibly have in all this world! There is no treasure or pleasure or thing that you can enjoy, buy, have, recieve or get than can compare to it. And that includes gold money jewels beautiful women great houses tasty food nothing that is as good as wisdom, (God's wisdom) not this world's wisdom but the true wisdom that is from and is Jesus Christ the only begotten son of God. And what is that wonderful wisdom you might ask? Well it is summed up right there at the end of the chapter in the last verse- Job 28:28 the fear of God is wisdom and to depart from evil is understanding. Does that mean that we should be afraid of God absolutely not, God is love we have no reason to fear Him unless we are sinning up a storm then look out because God is also just and He does punish for bad behaviour like any truly loving parent. That is why it says depart from evil that means quit doing bad stuff quit thinging bad stuff. Got it? simple, do it then. Yeah good luck with that one! none of us can turn from evil on our own, call on Jesus Christ to forgive you of your sins and ask Him to be your Saviour-King-God-Mster-Teacher-Messiah-Friend-God-Brother and He will, He wants to be this to each and every one of us so bad you can't even imagine how bad and how much He loves you. He is right next to you right now even though you can't see Him hoping you will invite Him in your heart no matter what bad things you have done thought or heard, the apostle Paul said Jesus is never far from any man!

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Bible Trivia

In Job's opinion, what must man obtain which is greater and more precious than wealth or precious stones such as Topaz?
  • Wisdom
  • Freedom
  • Honor
  • Respect