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John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Job 28:12

But where shall wisdom be found ?.... Though there is a vein for silver, a track where that lies, and is to be come at, and a place where gold is found, and where it may be refined, and parts of the earth, out of which brass and iron, and bread corn, may be produced, and even from whence may be fetched brilliant gems and precious stones; which, though attended with many difficulties, in cutting through rocks, draining rivers, and restraining the waters, yet are got over through the art and... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Job 28:12

But where shall wisdom be found? - It is most evident that the terms wisdom and understanding are used here in a widely different sense from all those arts and sciences which have their relation to man in his animal and social state, and from all that reason and intellect by which man is distinguished from all other animals. Now as these terms חכמה chochmah , wisdom, and בינה binah , understanding or discernment, are often applied in the sacred writings in their common acceptations,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Job 28:1-28

The connection of this chapter with the preceding is somewhat obscure. Probably we are to regard Job as led to see, even while he is justifying God's ways with sinners ( Job 27:8-23 ), how many and how great are the difficulties in the way of forming a single consistent theory of the Divine action, which shall be applicable to all cases. Hence he comes to the conclusion that God is incomprehensible by man and inscrutable; and that it is only given to man to know him sufficiently for his... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Job 28:1-28

Job's first parable: 3. A discourse upon true wisdom. I. THE WISDOM UNDISCOVERABLE BY HUMAN GENIUS . Among the stupendous efforts of human industry and skill with which Job was acquainted, nothing was better fitted to impress the mind with a sense of man's illimitable daring, resistless might, and wonderful success in searching out all perfection (verse 3), and brining hidden things to light (vet, 11), than the operations of the miner. These, a knowledge of which may have been... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Job 28:12

But where shall wisdom be found? "Wisdom is the principal thing," says Solomon ( Proverbs 4:7 ); and again, "It is better to get wisdom than gold" ( Proverbs 16:16 ). But where is it to be found? Job's three friends thought that it dwelt with them ( Job 12:2 ); but this was a mistake, since God reproaches them with their "folly" ( Job 42:8 ). Job does not claim to possess it ( Job 26:3 ); he only desires it. It is his deep conviction that it is only possessed, in the true sense of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Job 28:12-28

Here we come on an abrupt change. From human ingenuity and contrivance Job turns to the consideration of "wisdom"—that wisdom which has been defined as "the reason which deals with principles "(Canon Cook). "Where," he asks, "is this to be found?" It is a wholly different thing from cleverness and ingenuity. It inquires into causes and origins, into the ends and purposes of things; it seeks to solve the riddle of the universe. Perfect wisdom can, of course, only dwell with God (verse 23). Man... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Job 28:12

But where shall wisdom be found? - That is, the full understanding of the plans of God - for this is the point of inquiry. The object of Job is to show that it is not to be found in the most profound science; by penetrating to the farthest extent of which man was capable in the earth, nor by any human investigations whatever. None of these things revealed the great plans of the Almighty in reference to his moral government, and particularly to the points which engrossed the attention of Job and... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Job 28:12

Job 28:12. But where shall wisdom be found? I confess that man hath one kind of wisdom, and that in a great degree, namely, to discover the works of nature, and to perform the operations of art; but as for that sublime and eminent wisdom which consists in the perfect knowledge of all God’s counsels and ways, and of the reasons of the dispensations of his providence toward good and bad men, this is far above man’s reach, and is the prerogative of God alone. Nay, and that wisdom which... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Job 28:1-28

The search for true wisdom (28:1-28)At this point there is a pause in the story while the writer inserts a poem on the pricelessness of true wisdom. The poem does not state who composed it, though it could have been spoken by Job during the period of quiet that followed the last of the friends’ speeches. The theme of the poem is that, though people go to much trouble to find the riches hidden in the earth, they are not able to find the far greater riches of true wisdom.Mining is an occupation... read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Job 28:12

WISDOM - THE MOST PRECIOUS OF ALL THINGS; IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND"But where shall wisdom be found?And where is the place of understanding?Man knoweth not the price thereof,Neither is it found in the land of the living.The deep saith, It is not in me;And the sea saith, It is not with me.It cannot be gotten for gold,Neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof.It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir,With the precious onyx, or the sapphire.Gold and glass cannot equal it,Neither shall it be... read more

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