Job 28:27
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New International Version
then he looked at wisdom and appraised it; he confirmed it and tested it.

New Living Translation
Then he saw wisdom and evaluated it. He set it in place and examined it thoroughly.

English Standard Version
then he saw it and declared it; he established it, and searched it out.

New American Standard Bible
Then He saw it and declared it; He established it and also searched it out.

King James Bible
Then did he see it, and declare it; he prepared it, yea, and searched it out.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He considered wisdom and evaluated it; He established it and examined it.

International Standard Version
Then he looked at wisdom, and fixed it in place; he established it, and also examined it.

NET Bible
then he looked at wisdom and assessed its value; he established it and examined it closely.

New Heart English Bible
then he saw it, and declared it. He established it, yes, and searched it out.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
then he saw it and announced it. He confirmed it and examined it.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then did He see it, and declare it; He established it, yea, and searched it out.

New American Standard 1977
Then He saw it and declared it;
            He established it and also searched it out.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then he saw it and counted it; he prepared it and also searched it out.

King James 2000 Bible
Then did he see it, and declare it; he prepared it, yea, and searched it out.

American King James Version
Then did he see it, and declare it; he prepared it, yes, and searched it out.

American Standard Version
Then did he see it, and declare it; He established it, yea, and searched it out.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then he saw it, and declared, and prepared, and searched it.

Darby Bible Translation
Then did he see it, and declare it; he established it, yea, and searched it out;

English Revised Version
Then did he see it, and declare it; he established it, yea, and searched it out.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then did he see it, and declare it; he prepared it, yea, and searched it out.

World English Bible
then he saw it, and declared it. He established it, yes, and searched it out.

Young's Literal Translation
Then He hath seen and declareth it, He hath prepared it, and also searched it out,
Study Bible
Wisdom an Excellent Gift of God
26When He set a limit for the rain And a course for the thunderbolt, 27Then He saw it and declared it; He established it and also searched it out. 28"And to man He said, 'Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; And to depart from evil is understanding.'"…
Cross References
Job 28:26
When He set a limit for the rain And a course for the thunderbolt,

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

Then did he see it, and declare it; he prepared it, yes, and searched it out.

declare it. or, number it. he prepared it

Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handiwork.

Proverbs 8:22-29 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old…

(27) The terms employed with reference to the Lord's knowledge of wisdom are remarkable. They are: (1) seeing, or intuition; (2) declaring or numbering, ratiocination; (3) preparing or establishing, determination; (4) searching out, or investigation. Each of these actions implies the operation of mind, and is so far opposed to the fatality of an impersonal law or the fixed necessity of an inevitable nature.

Verse 27. - Then did he see it, and declare it. From the creation of the world, and before it, God foresaw all that was necessary to maintain his universe in the perfect order and the perfect beauty that he designed for it. At the Creation he, in a certain sense, "declared it," or set it forth, before such intelligences as then existed. Subsequently, in part to Adam, in part to Noah, in part to Moses, he further declared, by revelation, at any rate a portion of the design of his creation, and of the laws by which it was regulated. He prepared it, yea, and searched it out. This is an inversion of what seems to us the natural order, whereof there are many examples. God must first have investigated and searched out, in his own secret counsels, the entire scheme of creation, and afterwards have proceeded to the "preparation" or "establishment" of it. Then did he see it, and declare it,.... His own wisdom, when he made and executed his decrees concerning rain, lightning, and thunder; he saw it in himself, and as it appeared in the works of his hands, which he looked on and approved of, and saw that all was very good; and he declared it to others, by his works of nature and providence; for they declare the glory of God, and particularly the glory of his wisdom:

he prepared it, yea, and searched it out; he prepared it in his counsels, according to which he wrought all things in the creation, and still does in Providence; and his searching out denotes his perfect knowledge of it, and the way and course of it, or he takes with it, though it is unsearchable, and past finding out by us. Mr. Broughton understands this of a person, as do some others, even Christ, the Wisdom of God; rendering the words, "then he saw her, and showed her", &c. and so the passages in Proverbs 8:27, may be a comment on these words and the foregoing; for when the above decrees were formed in the divine mind, then he "saw" his Wisdom, his Logos, his eternal Son; for he was by him, and with him, and in him, lying in his bosom; he looked at him in creation, and made man after his image, the idea he had formed of his human nature, and made all things for his sake; and he viewed him with the utmost delight and pleasure, as being the express image of his person; he declared him to be his only begotten Son, saying, "this day I have begotten thee", Psalm 2:7; be made him known to the angels, as the Targum here expresses it, and what he designed to do by him, and with him; which occasioned the revolt of many of them from him; and he declared him to Adam as soon as there was an opportunity and occasion for it; he prepared him in his eternal purposes to be the Redeemer and Saviour of his people, to be the Head of the church, and the Judge of quick and dead; he searched him out in his infinite wisdom, and found him, singled him out, laid help on him with his holy oil anointed him, and appointed him to be the ransomer of his chosen ones, Job 33:24. 27. declare—manifest her, namely, in His works (Ps 19:1, 2). So the approval bestowed by the Creator on His works (Ge 1:10, 31); compare the "rejoicing" of wisdom at the same (Pr 8:30; which Umbreit translates; "I was the skilful artificer by His side").

prepared—not created, for wisdom is from everlasting (Pr 8:22-31); but "established" her as Governor of the world.

searched … out—examined her works to see whether she was adequate to the task of governing the world [Maurer].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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