Job 28:18
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New International Version
Coral and jasper are not worthy of mention; the price of wisdom is beyond rubies.

New Living Translation
Coral and jasper are worthless in trying to get it. The price of wisdom is far above rubies.

English Standard Version
No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal; the price of wisdom is above pearls.

New American Standard Bible
"Coral and crystal are not to be mentioned; And the acquisition of wisdom is above that of pearls.

King James Bible
No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Coral and quartz are not worth mentioning. The price of wisdom is beyond pearls.

International Standard Version
Don't even bother to mention coral and crystal— wisdom is more valuable than a bag of rubies.

NET Bible
Of coral and jasper no mention will be made; the price of wisdom is more than pearls.

New Heart English Bible
No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal. Yes, the price of wisdom is above rubies.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
be exchanged for it. Wisdom is more valuable than gems.

JPS Tanakh 1917
No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal; Yea, the price of wisdom is above rubies.

New American Standard 1977
“Coral and crystal are not to be mentioned;
            And the acquisition of wisdom is above that of pearls.

Jubilee Bible 2000
No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls; for wisdom is better than precious stones.

King James 2000 Bible
No mention shall be made of coral, or of crystal: for the price of wisdom is above rubies.

American King James Version
No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies.

American Standard Version
No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal: Yea, the price of wisdom is above rubies.

Douay-Rheims Bible
High and eminent things shall not be mentioned in comparison of it: but wisdom is drawn out of secret places.

Darby Bible Translation
Corals and crystal are no more remembered; yea, the acquisition of wisdom is above rubies.

English Revised Version
No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal: yea, the price of wisdom is above rubies.

Webster's Bible Translation
No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies.

World English Bible
No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal. Yes, the price of wisdom is above rubies.

Young's Literal Translation
Corals and pearl are not remembered, The acquisition of wisdom is above rubies.
Study Bible
Wisdom an Excellent Gift of God
17"Gold or glass cannot equal it, Nor can it be exchanged for articles of fine gold. 18"Coral and crystal are not to be mentioned; And the acquisition of wisdom is above that of pearls. 19"The topaz of Ethiopia cannot equal it, Nor can it be valued in pure gold.…
Cross References
Proverbs 3:15
She is more precious than jewels; And nothing you desire compares with her.

Proverbs 8:11
"For wisdom is better than jewels; And all desirable things cannot compare with her.

Proverbs 31:10
An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels.

Lamentations 4:7
Her consecrated ones were purer than snow, They were whiter than milk; They were more ruddy in body than corals, Their polishing was like lapis lazuli.

Ezekiel 27:16
"Aram was your customer because of the abundance of your goods; they paid for your wares with emeralds, purple, embroidered work, fine linen, coral and rubies.
Treasury of Scripture

No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies.

coral. or, Ramoth

Ezekiel 27:16 Syria was your merchant by reason of the multitude of the wares of …

pearls

Matthew 7:6 Give not that which is holy to the dogs, neither cast you your pearls …

Matthew 13:45,46 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like to a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls…

1 Timothy 2:9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, …

Revelation 17:4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked …

Revelation 18:12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of …

Revelation 21:21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of …

rubies

Proverbs 3:15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things you can desire …

Proverbs 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

Lamentations 4:7 Her Nazarites were purer than snow, they were whiter than milk, they …

Verse 18. - No mention shall be made of coral. The word translated "coral" (רָאמות) means properly "things that are high." It occurs only here and in Ezekiel 27:16. The rabbinical interpretation of the word as "coral" is doubtful, since it was unknown to the LXX. Or of pearls. The word gabish (גָבִישׁ) occurs only in this place. Some identify it with rock-crystal. For the price of wisdom is above rubies. Here we have another obscure word (פָנִינִים), which is variously rendered by "rubies," "pearls," "carbuncles," and "red coral." The balance of authority is in favour of pearls. No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls,.... Coral is a marine plant, is as hard as a stone, and of such value as to be reckoned among precious stones; See Gill on Ezekiel 27:16. In Arabia Felix, on the shore of the Red sea, is a place called Coralia (n); it may be from coral found there. Pearls are from shellfish taken out of the sea, though these seem rather intended in the next clause: the words "ramoth" and "gabish" are left untranslated by some, and by others are taken for precious stones, though unknown, so called because they are found in high places, which both words signify. The Targum renders the first by "sandalchin", and seems to be the same with the sardonyx, a precious stone found in Arabia, and which found there is by Pliny (o) said to excel. Junius and Tremellius render it by "sandastros"; which, as Pliny says (p), some call "Garamantis", being bred in a place of that name in India; and he also observes, that it is found in Arabia towards the south, and has shining golden drops in the body of it; it is a sort of a carbuncle. "Gabish" seems to have some affinity with "chabazios", mentioned by Orpheus (q) as a precious stone; but whatever precious stones are meant, as it is hard to determine what, they are not to be spoken of with wisdom, or to be compared to it:

for the price of wisdom is above rubies; or rather pearls, as Bochart (r) seems to have abundantly proved, who renders the words,

"the extraction of wisdom is greater than the extraction of pearls;''

and so the Targum; there being, as he thinks, an allusion to the extraction of pearls out of the sea by divers into it (s); who get them through much art, difficulty, and danger; and he observes, that there is a double extraction, or drawing them out, first of the shellfish out of the sea, and then of the pearls out of the shells; but the drawing out of wisdom, or the attainment of that; is more difficult, and superior to it, as well as attended with greater advantage; see Proverbs 3:15 and See Gill on Lamentations 4:7; and though of pearls some are very large, Oviedo (t) speaks of one that weighed thirty one carats, and another twenty six; some as big as hazel nuts, and even as a middling walnut, and of very great price, as that bought by Pope Paul at 44,000 ducats (u); that by Philip the Second, of the size of a pigeon's egg, valued at an hundred forty four thousand ducats; that drank by Cleopatra at a draught, reckoned worth eighty thousand pounds sterling; and that of the emperor of Persia, bought at 110,400 pounds (w); yet the price of wisdom is above them.

(n) Plin. Nat. Hist. l. 6. c. 28. (o) Ib. l. 37. c. 6. (p) Ib. c. 7. (q) , p. 240. (r) Hierozoic. par. 2. l. 5. c. 6. col. 681, &c. (s) Of fishing for pearls in this way, see the Account of it in Vartoman. Navigat. l. 3. c. 2. in P. Martyr. Decad. 3. l. 2. and Oviedo de Occident. Ind. c. 4. and with nets, Aelian. de Animal. l. 15. c. 8. Vid. Plin. Nat. Hist. l. 9. c. 35. (t) Ut supra. (Oviedo de Occident. Ind. c. 4.) (u) P. Martyr, Decad. 3. l. 10. (w) See Chambers's Dictionary on the word "Pearl". 18. Red coral (Eze 27:16).

pearls—literally, "what is frozen." Probably crystal; and Job 28:17 will then be glass.

rubies—Umbreit translates "pearls" (see La 4:1; Pr 3:15). The Urim and Thummim, the means of consulting God by the twelve stones on the high priest's breastplate, "the stones of the sanctuary" (La 4:1), have their counterpart in this chapter; the precious stones symbolizing the "light" and "perfection" of the divine wisdom.28:12-19 Job here speaks of wisdom and understanding, the knowing and enjoying of God and ourselves. Its worth is infinitely more than all the riches in this world. It is a gift of the Holy Ghost which cannot be bought with money. Let that which is most precious in God's account, be so in ours. Job asks after it as one that truly desired to find it, and despaired of finding it any where but in God; any way but by Divine revelation.
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