Job 28:28
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New International Version
And he said to the human race, "The fear of the Lord--that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding."

New Living Translation
And this is what he says to all humanity: The fear of the Lord is true wisdom; to forsake evil is real understanding.'"

English Standard Version
And he said to man, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.’”

New American Standard Bible
"And to man He said, 'Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; And to depart from evil is understanding.'"

King James Bible
And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He said to mankind, "The fear of the Lord is this: wisdom. And to turn from evil is understanding."

International Standard Version
He has commanded mankind: 'To fear the Lord—that is wisdom; to move away from evil—that is understanding.'"

NET Bible
And he said to mankind, 'The fear of the LORD--that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.'"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So he told humans, 'The fear of the Lord is wisdom! To stay away from evil is understanding.'"

JPS Tanakh 1917
And unto man He said: 'Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; And to depart from evil is understanding.'

New American Standard 1977
“And to man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom;
            And to depart from evil is understanding.’”



Jubilee Bible 2000
And unto man he said, Behold, that the fear of the Lord, is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

King James 2000 Bible
And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

American King James Version
And to man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

American Standard Version
And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; And to depart from evil is understanding.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said to man: Behold the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom: and to depart from evil, is understanding.

Darby Bible Translation
And unto man he said, Lo, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

English Revised Version
And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

Webster's Bible Translation
And to man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

World English Bible
To man he said, 'Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom. To depart from evil is understanding.'"

Young's Literal Translation
And He saith to man: -- 'Lo, fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, And to turn from evil is understanding.'

Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
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.
Study Bible
Wisdom an Excellent Gift of God
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
Deuteronomy 4:6
"So keep and do them, for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes and say, 'Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.'

1 Kings 18:3
Ahab called Obadiah who was over the household. (Now Obadiah feared the LORD greatly;

Job 1:1
There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job; and that man was blameless, upright, fearing God and turning away from evil.

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?

Job 28:27
Then He saw it and declared it; He established it and also searched it out.

Psalm 111:10
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments; His praise endures forever.

Proverbs 1:7
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 3:7
Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.

Proverbs 9:10
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Treasury of Scripture

And to man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

unto man

Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong to the LORD our God: but those things which …

Proverbs 8:4,5,26-32 To you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man…

fear

Deuteronomy 4:6 Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding …

Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding …

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise …

Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge …

Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep …

James 3:13-17 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show …

to depart

Psalm 34:14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in your own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

Proverbs 13:14 The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

Proverbs 16:17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keeps …

Isaiah 1:16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before …

2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, …

1 Peter 3:11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.

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