Job 28:28
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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.’”

King James Bible
And unto 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.

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.

Job 28:28 Parallel
Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

21 It is veiled from the eyes of all living,

And concealed from the fowls of heaven.

22 Destruction and death say:

With our ears we heard a report of it. -

23 Elohim understandeth the way to it,

And He - He knoweth its place.

24 For He looketh to the ends of the earth,

Under the whole heaven He seeth.

No living created being (כּל־חי, as Job 12:10; Job 30:23) is able to answer the question; even the birds that fly aloft, that have keener and farther-seeing eyes than man, can give us no information concerning wisdom; and the world at least proclaims its existence in a rich variety of its operations, but in the realm of Abaddon and of death below (comp. the combination שׁאול ואבדון, Proverbs 15:11, ᾅδου καὶ τοῦ θανάτου, Revelation 1:18) it is known only by an indistinct hearsay, and from confused impressions. Therefore: no creature, whether in the realm of the living or the dead, can help us to get wisdom. There is but One who possesses a perfect knowledge concerning wisdom, namely Elohim, whose gave extends to the ends of the earth, and who sees under the whole heaven, i.e., is everywhere present (תּחת, definition of place, not equivalent to אשׁר תּחת; comp. on Job 24:9), who therefore, after the removal of everything earthly (sub-celestial), alone remains. And why should He with His knowledge, which embraces everything, not also know the way and place of wisdom? Wisdom is indeed the ideal, according to which He has created the world.

Job 28:28 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

unto man

Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong to the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children for ever...

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 in the sight of the nations...

Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments...

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

Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

James 3:13-17 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom...

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 his way preserves his soul.

Isaiah 1:16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil;

2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, The Lord knows them that are his. And...

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

Cross References
Deuteronomy 4:6
Keep them and do them, for that will be your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, 'Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.'

1 Kings 18:3
And 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 and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil.

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

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

Job 28:27
then he saw it and declared it; he established it, and searched it out.

Psalm 111:10
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!

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