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Isaiah 13:12

    Isaiah 13:12 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    I will make a man more rare than fine gold, even a man than the pure gold of Ophir.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    I will make men so small in number, that a man will be harder to get than gold, even the best gold of Ophir.

    Webster's Revision

    I will make a man more rare than fine gold, even a man than the pure gold of Ophir.

    World English Bible

    I will make people more rare than fine gold, even a person than the pure gold of Ophir.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    I will make a man more rare than fine gold, even a man than the pure gold of Ophir.

    Clarke's Commentary on Isaiah 13:12

    I will make a man more precious than fine gold-wedge of Ophir - The Medes and Persians will not be satisfied with the spoils of the Babylonians. They seek either to destroy or enslave them; and they will accept no ransom for any man - either for אנוש enosh, the poor man, or for אדם adam, the more honorable person. All must fall by the sword, or go into captivity together; for the Medes, (Isaiah 13:17), regard not silver, and delight not in gold.

    Barnes' Notes on Isaiah 13:12

    I will make a man ... - I will so cut off and destroy the men of Babylon, that a single man to defend the city will be more rare and valuable than fine gold. The expression indicates that there would be a great slaughter of the people of Babylon.

    Than fine gold - Pure, unalloyed gold. The word used here (פז pâz) is often distinguished from common gold Psalm 19:11; Psalm 119:127; Proverbs 8:19.

    Than the golden wedge of Ophir - The word (כתם kethem) rendered 'wedge' means properly "gold;" yellow gold; what is hidden, precious, or hoarded; and is used only in poetry. It indicates nothing about the shape of the gold, as the word, wedge would seem to suppose. 'Ophir was a country to which the vessels of Solomon traded, and which was particularly distinguished for producing gold; but respecting its particular situation, there has been much discussion. The 'ships of Tarshish' sailed from Ezion-geber on the Red Sea, and went to Ophir 1 Kings 9:26; 1 Kings 10:22; 1 Kings 22:48. Three years were required for the voyage; and they returned freighted with gold, peacocks, apes, spices, ivory, and ebony (1 Kings 9:28; 1 Kings 10:11-12; compare 2 Chronicles 8:18). The gold of that country was more celebrated than that of any other country for its purity. Josephus supposes that it was in the East Indies; Bruce that it was in South Africa; Rosenmuller and others suppose that it was in Southern Arabia. It is probable that the situation of Ophir must ever remain a matter of conjecture. The Chaldee Paraphrase gives a different sense to this passage. 'I will love those who fear me, more than gold in which people glory; and those who observe the law more than the tried gold of Ophir.' (On the situation of Ophir the following works may be consulted: The "Pictorial Bible," vol. ii. pp. 364-369; Martini Lipenii, "Dissert. de Ophir;" Joan. Christophori Wichmanshausen "Dissert. de Navig. Ophritica:" H. Relandi, "Dissert. de Ophir;" Ugolini, "Thes. Sac. Ant." vol. viii.; and Forster "On Arabia.")

    Wesley's Notes on Isaiah 13:12

    13:12 More precious - The city and nation shall be so depopulated.