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28:1 Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold where they fine it.
28:2 Iron is taken out of the earth, and brass is molten out of the stone.
28:3 He setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth out all perfection: the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death.
28:4 The flood breaketh out from the inhabitant; even the waters forgotten of the foot: they are dried up, they are gone away from men.
28:5 As for the earth, out of it cometh bread: and under it is turned up as it were fire.
28:6 The stones of it are the place of sapphires: and it hath dust of gold.
28:7 There is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture's eye hath not seen: 28:8 The lion's whelps have not trodden it, nor the fierce lion passed by it.
28:9 He putteth forth his hand upon the rock; he overturneth the mountains by the roots.
28:10 He cutteth out rivers among the rocks; and his eye seeth every precious thing.
28:11 He bindeth the floods from overflowing; and the thing that is hid bringeth he forth to light.
28:12 But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding? 28:13 Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living.
28:14 The depth saith, It is not in me: and the sea saith, It is not with me.
28:15 It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof.
28:16 It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire.
28:17 The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange of it shall not be for jewels of fine gold.
28:18 No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies.
28:19 The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold.
28:20 Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding? 28:21 Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air.
28:22 Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears.
28:23 God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof.
28:24 For he looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole heaven; 28:25 To make the weight for the winds; and he weigheth the waters by measure.
28:26 When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder: 28:27 Then did he see it, and declare it; he prepared it, yea, and searched it out.
28:28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

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Everything King James Bible:Job
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Job
Book: Job
Chapter: 28

Concerning worldly 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.

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