Job 28:20
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New International Version
Where then does wisdom come from? Where does understanding dwell?

New Living Translation
"But do people know where to find wisdom? Where can they find understanding?

English Standard Version
“From where, then, does wisdom come? And where is the place of understanding?

New American Standard Bible
"Where then does wisdom come from? And where is the place of understanding?

King James Bible
Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Where then does wisdom come from, and where is understanding located?

International Standard Version
"From where, then, does wisdom originate? Where does understanding live?

NET Bible
"But wisdom--where does it come from? Where is the place of understanding?

New Heart English Bible
From where then comes wisdom? Where is the place of understanding?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Where does wisdom come from? Where does understanding live?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Whence then cometh wisdom? And where is the place of understanding?

New American Standard 1977
“Where then does wisdom come from?
            And where is the place of understanding?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Where then does wisdom come from? And where is the place of understanding?

King James 2000 Bible
From where then comes wisdom? and where is the place of understanding?

American King James Version
From where then comes wisdom? and where is the place of understanding?

American Standard Version
Whence then cometh wisdom? And where is the place of understanding?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding?

Darby Bible Translation
Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding?

English Revised Version
Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding?

Webster's Bible Translation
Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding?

World English Bible
Where then does wisdom come from? Where is the place of understanding?

Young's Literal Translation
And the wisdom -- whence doth it come? And where is this, the place of understanding?
Study Bible
Wisdom an Excellent Gift of God
19"The topaz of Ethiopia cannot equal it, Nor can it be valued in pure gold. 20"Where then does wisdom come from? And where is the place of understanding? 21"Thus it is hidden from the eyes of all living And concealed from the birds of the sky.…
Cross References
Job 28:21
"Thus it is hidden from the eyes of all living And concealed from the birds of the sky.

Job 28:23
"God understands its way, And He knows its place.

Job 28:28
"And to man He said, 'Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; And to depart from evil is understanding.'"
Treasury of Scripture

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Job 28:12 But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding?

Proverbs 2:6 For the LORD gives wisdom: out of his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.

Ecclesiastes 7:23,24 All this have I proved by wisdom: I said, I will be wise; but it …

1 Corinthians 2:6-15 However, we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the …

James 1:5,17 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all …

Verse 20. - Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding? This is a repetition of ver. 12, with a mere variant of the verb in the first line. Job's elaborate inquiry of vers. 14-19 having thresh no light on the subject, the original question recurs - Where does wisdom come from? Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding? The same questions as in Job 28:12; repeated to set forth the superior excellency of wisdom, and to carry on the discourse, and lead on to other things concerning it. See Gill on Job 28:12. 20. Job 28:12 repeated with great force.28:20-28 There is a two-fold wisdom; one hid in God, which is secret, and belongs not to us; the other made known by him, and revealed to man. One day's events, and one man's affairs, have such reference to, and so hang one upon another, that He only, to whom all is open, and who sees the whole at one view, can rightly judge of every part. But the knowledge of God's revealed will is within our reach, and will do us good. Let man look upon this as his wisdom, To fear the Lord, and to depart from evil. Let him learn that, and he is learned enough. Where is this wisdom to be found? The treasures of it are hid in Christ, revealed by the word, received by faith, through the Holy Ghost. It will not feed pride or vanity, or amuse our vain curiosity. It teaches and encourages sinners to fear the Lord, and to depart from evil, in the exercise of repentance and faith, without desiring to solve all difficulties about the events of this life.
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