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Job 28:21

    Job 28:21 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, And kept close from the birds of the heavens.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For it is kept secret from the eyes of all living, unseen by the birds of the air.

    Webster's Revision

    Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, And kept close from the birds of the heavens.

    World English Bible

    Seeing it is hidden from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the birds of the sky.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air.

    Definitions for Job 28:21

    Fowls - Birds.

    Barnes' Notes on Job 28:21

    It is hid from the eyes of all living - That is, of all people, and of all animals. Man has not found it by the most sagacious of all his discoveries, and the keenest vision of beasts and fowls has not traced it out.

    And kept close - Hebrew "concealed."

    From the fowls of the air - Compare the notes at Job 28:7. Umbreit remarks, on this passage, that there is attributed to the fowls in Oriental countries a deep knowledge, and an extraordinary gift of divination, and that they appear as the interpreters and confidants of the gods. One cannot but reflect, says he, on the personification of the good spirit of Ormuzd through the fowls, according to the doctrine of the Persians (Compare Creutzer's Symbolik Thes 1. s. 723); upon the ancient fowlking (Vogelkonig) Simurg upon the mountain Kap, representing the highest wisdom of life; upon the discourses of the fowls of the great mystic poet of the Persians, Ferideddin Attar, etc. Among the ancient Greeks and Romans, also, a considerable part of their divinations consisted in observing the flight of birds, as if they were endowed with intelligence, and indicated coming events by the course which they took; compare also, Ecclesiastes 10:20, where wisdom or intelligence is ascribed to the birds of the air. "Curse not the king, no, not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bed-chamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter."
    Book: Job