Isaiah 13:12
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New International Version
I will make people scarcer than pure gold, more rare than the gold of Ophir.

New Living Translation
I will make people scarcer than gold--more rare than the fine gold of Ophir.

English Standard Version
I will make people more rare than fine gold, and mankind than the gold of Ophir.

New American Standard Bible
I will make mortal man scarcer than pure gold And mankind than the gold of Ophir.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I will make man scarcer than gold, and mankind more rare than the gold of Ophir.

International Standard Version
I'll make people scarcer than pure gold, and mankind rarer than gold from Ophir.

NET Bible
I will make human beings more scarce than pure gold, and people more scarce than gold from Ophir.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I will make people harder to find than pure gold and human beings more rare than gold from Ophir.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I will make the noble man more precious than fine gold and man more than the gold of Ophir.

King James 2000 Bible
I will make a man more rare than fine gold; even a man more than the golden wedge of Ophir.

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

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
A man shall be more precious than gold, yea a man than the finest of gold.

Darby Bible Translation
I will make a man more precious than fine gold, even man than the gold of Ophir.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.

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

Young's Literal Translation
I make man more rare than fine gold, And a common man than pure gold of Ophir.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

13:6-18 We have here the terrible desolation of Babylon by the Medes and Persians. Those who in the day of their peace were proud, and haughty, and terrible, are quite dispirited when trouble comes. Their faces shall be scorched with the flame. All comfort and hope shall fail. The stars of heaven shall not give their light, the sun shall be darkened. Such expressions are often employed by the prophets, to describe the convulsions of governments. God will visit them for their iniquity, particularly the sin of pride, which brings men low. There shall be a general scene of horror. Those who join themselves to Babylon, must expect to share her plagues, Re 18:4. All that men have, they would give for their lives, but no man's riches shall be the ransom of his life. Pause here and wonder that men should be thus cruel and inhuman, and see how corrupt the nature of man is become. And that little infants thus suffer, which shows that there is an original guilt, by which life is forfeited as soon as it is begun. The day of the Lord will, indeed, be terrible with wrath and fierce anger, far beyond all here stated. Nor will there be any place for the sinner to flee to, or attempt an escape. But few act as though they believed these things.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 12. - I will make a man more precious than fine gold (comp. Isaiah 4:1). Population shall he so diminished that man shall be the most highly esteemed of commodities. The more scanty the supply of a thing, the greater its value. The golden wedge of Ophir; rather, pure gold of Ophir. Ophir is mentioned as a gold-region in 1 Kings 9:28; 1 Kings 10:11; 1 Kings 22:48; 1 Chronicles 29:4; 2 Chronicles 8:18; 2 Chronicles 9:10; Job 22:24; Job 28:16; Psalm 45:9. Its locality is uncertain. Gold of Ophir appears to have been considered especially pure.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

I will make a man more precious than fine gold,.... Which may denote either the scarcity of men in Babylon, through the slaughter made of them; so things that are scarce and rare are said to be precious, 1 Samuel 3:1 or the resolution of the Medes to spare none, though ever so much gold were offered to them, they being not to be bribed therewith, Isaiah 13:17 or that such should be the fear of men, that they would not be prevailed upon to take up arms to defend themselves or their king, whatever quantity of gold, even the best, was proposed unto them, a man was not to be got for money:

even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir; which designs the same thing in different words. The Targum gives another sense of the whole, paraphrasing it thus,

"I will love them that fear me more than gold, of which men glory; and those that keep the law more than the fine gold of Ophir;''

understanding it of the Israelites, that were in Babylon when it was taken, and who were precious and in high esteem with the Medes and Persians, more than gold, and whose lives they spared. Jarchi interprets it particularly of Daniel, and of the honour that was done him by Belshazzar, upon his reading and interpreting the writing on the wall, Daniel 5:29. This is interpreted by the Jews also of the King Messiah; for in an ancient writing (g) of theirs, where having mentioned this passage, it is added, this is the Messiah, that shall ascend and be more precious than all the children of the world, and all the children of the world shall worship and bow before him. Some take "Phaz", the word for fine gold, to be the name of a place from whence it came, and therefore was so called; and that the kingdom of Phez, in Africa, has its name from hence; and Ophir is taken to be Peru in America; though others place it in India; and the Arabic version renders it, "a man shall be more precious than a little stone that is" brought "from India"; and the Septuagint version is, "than a stone in", or "of sapphire".

(g) Zohar in Gen. fol. 71, 1.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12. man … precious—I will so cut off Babylon's defenders, that a single man shall be as rare and precious as the finest gold.

Isaiah 13:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Judgment against Babylon
11Thus I will punish the world for its evil And the wicked for their iniquity; I will also put an end to the arrogance of the proud And abase the haughtiness of the ruthless. 12I will make mortal man scarcer than pure gold And mankind than the gold of Ophir. 13Therefore I will make the heavens tremble, And the earth will be shaken from its place At the fury of the LORD of hosts In the day of His burning anger.…
Cross References
1 Kings 9:28
They sailed to Ophir and brought back 420 talents of gold, which they delivered to King Solomon.

Job 28:16
It cannot be bought with the gold of Ophir, with precious onyx or lapis lazuli.

Psalm 45:9
Daughters of kings are among your honored women; at your right hand is the royal bride in gold of Ophir.

Isaiah 4:1
In that day seven women will take hold of one man and say, "We will eat our own food and provide our own clothes; only let us be called by your name. Take away our disgrace!"

Isaiah 6:11
Then I said, "For how long, Lord?" And he answered: "Until the cities lie ruined and without inhabitant, until the houses are left deserted and the fields ruined and ravaged,

Isaiah 6:12
until the LORD has sent everyone far away and the land is utterly forsaken.
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I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.

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Psalm 137:9 Happy shall he be, that takes and dashes your little ones against the stones.

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