Job 28:23
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New International Version
God understands the way to it and he alone knows where it dwells,

New Living Translation
"God alone understands the way to wisdom; he knows where it can be found,

English Standard Version
“God understands the way to it, and he knows its place.

New American Standard Bible
"God understands its way, And He knows its place.

King James Bible
God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But God understands the way to wisdom, and He knows its location.

International Standard Version
God understands how to get there; he knows where they live.

NET Bible
God understands the way to it, and he alone knows its place.

New Heart English Bible
"God understands its way, and he knows its place.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"God understands the way to it. He knows where it lives

JPS Tanakh 1917
God understandeth the way thereof, And He knoweth the place thereof.

New American Standard 1977
“God understands its way;
            And He knows its place.

Jubilee Bible 2000
God understands its way, and he alone knows its place.

King James 2000 Bible
God understands its way, and he knows its place.

American King James Version
God understands the way thereof, and he knows the place thereof.

American Standard Version
God understandeth the way thereof, And he knoweth the place thereof.

Douay-Rheims Bible
God understandeth the way of it, and he knoweth the place thereof.

Darby Bible Translation
God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth its place:

English Revised Version
God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof.

Webster's Bible Translation
God understandeth the way of it, and he knoweth its place.

World English Bible
"God understands its way, and he knows its place.

Young's Literal Translation
God hath understood its way, And He hath known its place.
Study Bible
Wisdom an Excellent Gift of God
22"Abaddon and Death say, 'With our ears we have heard a report of it.' 23"God understands its way, And He knows its place. 24"For He looks to the ends of the earth And sees everything under the heavens.…
Cross References
Job 9:4
"Wise in heart and mighty in strength, Who has defied Him without harm?

Job 28:12
"But where can wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?

Job 28:20
"Where then does wisdom come from? And where is the place of understanding?

Proverbs 8:22
"The LORD possessed me at the beginning of His way, Before His works of old.
Treasury of Scripture

God understands the way thereof, and he knows the place thereof.

Psalm 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony …

Psalm 147:5 Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.

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

Proverbs 8:14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.

Matthew 11:27 All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knows the …

Luke 10:21,22 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank you, O Father, …

Acts 15:18 Known to God are all his works from the beginning of the world.

Romans 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! …

1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made to us wisdom, …

Jude 1:25 To the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and …

(23) God understandeth the way thereof.--God is the author of wisdom, and His fear is the beginning thereof; so with His infinite knowledge of the universe He cannot but be cognisant of the place and way thereof. It is to be observed that while the foundation of wisdom is said to be coeval with that of the world, the very existence of wisdom in relation to man implied the existence of evil, because except by departing from evil there could for man be no wisdom, though evil itself may undoubtedly involve and imply the deflection from a previously existing right. Wrong, for example, is what is wrung aside from the right. The two ideas which Job starts with are man's ignorance of the price and the place of wisdom. Neither he nor nature knows the place of it: neither all living, nor the deep, nor the sea; and as for its price, though man is prepared to give any high price for the costly stones and jewels of the earth, yet all that he has to give is not to be mentioned in comparison with the value of wisdom. Wisdom, however, is to be purchased by the poor, as we may infer from the language of the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 55:1), or, at all events, that which ranks with wisdom; and in like manner Christ represented the kingdom of heaven as a pearl of great price, which would demand all that a man had to buy it, and yet he represented the poor as those especially to whom it was preached. It is true that the wisdom of which Job speaks (Job 28:28) is in no way connected with the Gospel of the kingdom; but yet, if the words of the wise are indeed given from one Shepherd, it is impossible not to recognise a central thought underlying all such words, if not in the separate minds of the wise at heart, in the original mind of the one Shepherd. So we can see that that which is true of wisdom as described by Job receives its illustration from that which is true of the Gospel of the kingdom and of the evangelical promises of Isaiah.

Verse 23. - God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof. God only understands what true wisdom is. It is a part of his being, an essential element of his nature. He knows "the way" of it, i.e. how it works and manifests itself; and he knows "the place' of it, i.e. where it dwells, what limits it has, if any, and how far it is communicable to any beside himself. The highest knowledge is all hid in God (Colossians 2-3); and, except so far as God imparts it to him, man can know nothing of it. God understandeth the way thereof,.... And he only; not the way that men can come at the knowledge of wisdom, which at present appears to be past finding out; but rather the way which wisdom itself takes, and is in the deep, and its footsteps not known by any other, and the grounds and reasons of its taking such a course it does; which are only understood by the Lord: it may be applied to spiritual wisdom in men, and the way to come at it; which God only knows and instructs in, and is his special and peculiar gift; and to Christ, the wisdom of God, and the way which he has taken in the council and covenant of grace and peace, for the salvation of his people; and which he took in time, in the assumption of human nature, and by sufferings and death to obtain it for them:

and he knoweth the place thereof; the seat of wisdom within himself, the source of all his dealings with men, his sovereign will and pleasure in his own heart; the place of spiritual wisdom and knowledge, the heart of a regenerate man, where his Gospel is, and has come with power, and took place and works effectually; and where Christ, the Logos, the Wisdom of God is, even with himself, and in his bosom, as in the times of Job, and now at his right hand, in human nature. 23. God hath, and is Himself, wisdom.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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