Job, Chapter 28
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28:1 Surely there is a vein for the silver, a and a place for
gold [where] they fine [it].
(a) His purpose is to declare that man may attain in this
world to various secrets of nature, but man is never
able to comprehend the wisdom of God.
28:3 He setteth an end to darkness, b and searcheth out all
perfection: the stones of darkness, and the shadow of
(b) There is nothing but it is compassed within certain
limits, and has an end, but God's wisdom.
28:4 The flood breaketh out from the c inhabitant; [even the
waters] d forgotten of the foot: they are dried up, they
are gone away from men.
(c) Meaning, him that dwells by it.
28:5 [As for] the earth, out of it cometh e bread: and under
it is turned up as it were fire.
(e) That is, come and underneath is brimstone or coal,
which easily conceives fire.
28:6 The stones of it [are] the place f of sapphires: and it
hath dust of gold.
(f) He alludes to the mines and secrets of nature, which
are under the earth, into which neither souls nor
beasts can enter.
28:9 He putteth forth his hand upon the g rock; he overturneth
the mountains by the roots.
(g) After he has declared the wisdom of God in the secrets
of nature he describes his power.
28:12 But where shall wisdom be found? h and where [is] the
place of understanding?
(h) Though God's power and wisdom may be understood in
earthly things, yet his heavenly wisdom cannot be
28:13 Man knoweth not i the price thereof; neither is it found
in the land of the living.
(i) It is too high a thing for man to attain to in this
28:15 It cannot be gotten for k gold, neither shall silver be
weighed [for] the price thereof.
(k) It can neither be bought for gold nor precious stones,
but is only the gift of God.
28:18 No mention shall be made of coral, or of l pearls: for
the price of wisdom [is] above rubies.
(l) Which was thought to be a king of precious stone.
28:21 Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept
close from the m fowls of the air.
(m) Meaning that there is no natural means by which man
can attain heavenly wisdom: which he means by the
souls, that fly high.
28:23 God understandeth the n way thereof, and he knoweth the
(n) He makes God the only author of this wisdom, and the
giver of it.
28:28 And unto man he said, Behold, the o fear of the Lord,
that [is] wisdom; and to depart from evil [is]
(o) He declares that man has as much of this heavenly
wisdom as he shows by fearing God and departing from
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