Job 28:6
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New International Version
lapis lazuli comes from its rocks, and its dust contains nuggets of gold.

New Living Translation
Here the rocks contain precious lapis lazuli, and the dust contains gold.

English Standard Version
Its stones are the place of sapphires, and it has dust of gold.

New American Standard Bible
"Its rocks are the source of sapphires, And its dust contains gold.

King James Bible
The stones of it are the place of sapphires: and it hath dust of gold.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Its rocks are a source of sapphire, containing flecks of gold.

International Standard Version
where stones are sapphire and gold dust can be found,

NET Bible
a place whose stones are sapphires and which contains dust of gold;

New Heart English Bible
Sapphires come from its rocks. It has dust of gold.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
That place's stones are sapphire. Its dust contains gold.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The stones thereof are the place of sapphires, And it hath dust of gold.

New American Standard 1977
“Its rocks are the source of sapphires,
            And its dust contains gold.

Jubilee Bible 2000
A place where its stones shall be sapphires; and it shall have dust of gold.

King James 2000 Bible
The stones of it are the place of sapphires: and it has dust of gold.

American King James Version
The stones of it are the place of sapphires: and it has dust of gold.

American Standard Version
The stones thereof are the place of sapphires, And it hath dust of gold.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The stones of it are the place of sapphires, and the clods of it are gold.

Darby Bible Translation
The stones of it are the place of sapphires, and it hath dust of gold.

English Revised Version
The stones thereof are the place of sapphires, and it hath dust of gold.

Webster's Bible Translation
The stones of it are the place of sapphires: and it hath dust of gold.

World English Bible
Sapphires come from its rocks. It has dust of gold.

Young's Literal Translation
A place of the sapphire are its stones, And it hath dust of gold.
Study Bible
The Earth's Treasures
5"The earth, from it comes food, And underneath it is turned up as fire. 6"Its rocks are the source of sapphires, And its dust contains gold. 7"The path no bird of prey knows, Nor has the falcon's eye caught sight of it.…
Cross References
Job 28:5
"The earth, from it comes food, And underneath it is turned up as fire.

Job 28:7
"The path no bird of prey knows, Nor has the falcon's eye caught sight of it.
Treasury of Scripture

The stones of it are the place of sapphires: and it has dust of gold.

sapphires

Job 28:16 It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, …

Exodus 24:10 And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it …

Songs 5:14 His hands are as gold rings set with the beryl: his belly is as bright …

Isaiah 54:11 O you afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, …

Revelation 21:19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all …

dust of gold. or, gold ore

(6) The stones of it are the place of sapphires.--So ingenious is man that he discovereth a place of which the stones are sapphires and the very dust gold, and a path that no bird of prey knoweth, and which the falcon's eye hath not seen.

Verse 6. - The stones of it are the place of sapphires. Among the rocks and stones whereof the interior of the earth is mainly composed are found gems of inestinable value, for instance, sapphires. It is doubtful whether the Hebrew sapphire (ספיר) was the gem which bears that name among ourselves, or the lapis lazuli. In either case it was highly esteemed, and appeared in kings' crowns (Ezekiel 28:13), and in the high priest's breastplate (Exodus 28:18); Job notes its high value in ver. 16. And it (i.e. the earth) hath dust of gold; literally, dusts; i.e. a multitude of small specks or atoms. In the auriferous rocks gold is commonly scattered in such specks. The stones of it are the place of sapphires,.... In some parts of the earth its stones are a quarry of sapphires, put here for all precious stones: this is a most excellent precious stone, of a sky colour, with golden specks, and was one of the stones in the breast plate of the high priest; and by which are represented the pavement under the feet of the God of Israel, the throne of Christ, his bowels and affections for his people, the comeliness of them, and the glory of his church in the latter day, Exodus 24:10;

and it hath dust of gold; some parts of the earth abound with the dust of gold; its dust is gold, or it hath gold as plenty as dust; though some think this refers to the sapphire in the preceding clause, which, as Pliny says (d), has "pulvis aureus", dust of gold, in it, and shines and sparkles with golden points, or specks; and so say other writers (e); but the word used rather signifies clods, lumps, masses of gold, which better agree with the earth; and, besides, no very good reason can be given why there should be such a particular description of the sapphire; whereas the earth is the original of that, and of all the other things before spoken of.

(d) Nat. Hist. l. 37. c. 9. (e) Ruaeus de Gemmis, l. 2. c. 2.6. Sapphires are found in alluvial soil near rocks and embedded in gneiss. The ancients distinguished two kinds: 1. The real, of transparent blue: 2. That improperly so called, opaque, with gold spots; that is, lapis lazuli. To the latter, looking like gold dust, Umbreit refers "dust of gold." English Version better, "The stones of the earth are, etc., and the clods of it (Vulgate) are gold"; the parallel clauses are thus neater.28:1-11 Job maintained that the dispensations of Providence were regulated by the highest wisdom. To confirm this, he showed of what a great deal of knowledge and wealth men may make themselves masters. The caverns of the earth may be discovered, but not the counsels of Heaven. Go to the miners, thou sluggard in religion, consider their ways, and be wise. Let their courage and diligence in seeking the wealth that perishes, shame us out of slothfulness and faint-heartedness in labouring for the true riches. How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! How much easier, and safer! Yet gold is sought for, but grace neglected. Will the hopes of precious things out of the earth, so men call them, though really they are paltry and perishing, be such a spur to industry, and shall not the certain prospect of truly precious things in heaven be much more so?
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