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Job 28:13

    Job 28:13 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Man knows not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Man knoweth not the price thereof; Neither is it found in the land of the living.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Man has not seen the way to it, and it is not in the land of the living.

    Webster's Revision

    Man knoweth not the price thereof; Neither is it found in the land of the living.

    World English Bible

    Man doesn't know its price; Neither is it found in the land of the living.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living.

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 28:13

    Man knoweth not the price thereof - It is of infinite value; and is the only science which concerns both worlds. Without it, the wisest man is but a beast; with it, the simplest man is next to an angel.

    Neither is it found in the land of the living - The world by wisdom, its wisdom, never knew God. True religion came by Divine revelation: that alone gives the true notion of God, his attributes, ways, designs, judgments, providences, etc., whence man came, what is his duty, his nature, and his end. Literature, science, arts, etc., etc., can only avail man for the present life, nor can they contribute to his true happiness, unless tempered and directed by genuine religion.

    Barnes' Notes on Job 28:13

    Man knoweth not the price thereof - The word rendered "price" (ערך ‛êrek) means properly that which is set in a pile or row, or which is arranged in order. Here it means preparation, equipment - that is, anything put in order, or ready, Judges 17:10. It is also used in the sense of estimation or valuation, Leviticus 5:15, Leviticus 5:18. The word "price" here, however, seems to form no proper answer to the question in the previous verse, as the question is, "where" wisdom is to be found, not what is its "value." Many expositors have, therefore, introduced a different idea in their interpretation. Dr. Good renders it, "Man knoweth not its source." Prof. Lee, "Man knoweth not its equal." Herder, "Man knoweth not the seat thereof." Coverdale, "No man can tell how worthy a thing she is." The Septuagint renders it, "Man knoweth not - όδὸν άυτῆς hodon autēs - her way." But the word used here is not employed to denote a "place" or "way," and the true interpretation doubtless is, that Job does not confine himself to a strict answer of the question proposed in Job 28:12, but goes on to say that man could not buy it; he could neither find it, nor had he the means of purchasing it with all the wealth of which he was the owner.

    Neither is it found in the land of the living - That is, it is not found among human beings. We must look to a higher source than man for true wisdom; compare Isaiah 38:11; Isaiah 53:8.

    Wesley's Notes on Job 28:13

    28:13 Found - Among men upon earth, but only among those blessed spirits that dwell above.
    Book: Job