Job 28:1
New International Version
There is a mine for silver and a place where gold is refined.

New Living Translation
"People know where to mine silver and how to refine gold.

English Standard Version
“Surely there is a mine for silver, and a place for gold that they refine.

Berean Study Bible
Surely there is a mine for silver and a place where gold is refined.

New American Standard Bible
"Surely there is a mine for silver And a place where they refine gold.

King James Bible
Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold where they fine it.

Christian Standard Bible
Surely there is a mine for silver and a place where gold is refined.

Contemporary English Version
Gold and silver are mined, then purified;

Good News Translation
There are mines where silver is dug; There are places where gold is refined.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Surely there is a mine for silver and a place where gold is refined.

International Standard Version
"Surely there are mines for silver and places where gold is refined.

NET Bible
"Surely there is a mine for silver, and a place where gold is refined.

New Heart English Bible
"Surely there is a mine for silver, and a place for gold which they refine.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"There is a place where silver is mined and a place where gold is refined.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For there is a mine for silver, And a place for gold which they refine.

New American Standard 1977
“Surely there is a mine for silver, And a place where they refine gold.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Surely there is a mine for the silver, and a place for gold where they refine it.

King James 2000 Bible
Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold where they refine it.

American King James Version
Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold where they fine it.

American Standard Version
Surely there is a mine for silver, And a place for gold which they refine.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For there is a place for the silver, whence it comes, and a place for the gold, whence it is refined.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Silver hath beginnings of its veins, and gold hath a place wherein it is melted.

Darby Bible Translation
Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold which they refine;

English Revised Version
Surely there is a mine for silver, and a place for gold which they refine.

Webster's Bible Translation
Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold where they fine it.

World English Bible
"Surely there is a mine for silver, and a place for gold which they refine.

Young's Literal Translation
Surely there is for silver a source, And a place for the gold they refine;
Study Bible
Where Can Wisdom Be Found?
1Surely there is a mine for silver and a place where gold is refined. 2Iron is taken from the earth, and copper is smelted from ore.…
Cross References
Job 27:23
It claps its hands at him and hisses him out of his place.

Job 28:2
Iron is taken from the earth, and copper is smelted from ore.

Treasury of Scripture

Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold where they fine it.

vein.

Genesis 2:11,12
The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; …

Genesis 23:15
My lord, hearken unto me: the land is worth four hundred shekels of silver; what is that betwixt me and thee? bury therefore thy dead.

Genesis 24:22
And it came to pass, as the camels had done drinking, that the man took a golden earring of half a shekel weight, and two bracelets for her hands of ten shekels weight of gold;

where they fine it

Psalm 12:6
The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

Proverbs 17:3
The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.

Proverbs 27:21
As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.







Lexicon
Surely
כִּ֤י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

there is
יֵ֣שׁ (yêš)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 3426: Being, substance, existence, is

a mine
מוֹצָ֑א (mō·w·ṣā)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4161: A place or act of going forth, issue, export, source, spring

for silver
לַכֶּ֣סֶף (lak·ke·sep̄)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3701: Silver, money

and a place
וּ֝מָק֗וֹם (ū·mā·qō·wm)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4725: A standing, a spot, a condition

where gold
לַזָּהָ֥ב (laz·zā·hāḇ)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2091: Gold, something gold-colored, as oil, a clear sky

is refined.
יָזֹֽקּוּ׃ (yā·zōq·qū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2212: To strain, extract, clarify
XXVIII.

(1) Surely there is a vein for the silver.--In this chapter Job draws out a magnificent contrast between human skill and ingenuity and Divine wisdom. The difficulty to the ordinary reader is in not perceiving that the person spoken of in Job 28:3 is man, and not God. Man possesses and exercises this mastery over nature, but yet is ignorant of wisdom unless God bestows it on him. That Job should say this is but natural, after his painful experience of the want of wisdom in his friends.

Verses 1-28. - The connection of this chapter with the preceding is somewhat obscure. Probably we are to regard Job as led to see, even while he is justifying God's ways with sinners (Job 27:8-23), how many and how great are the difficulties in the way of forming a single consistent theory of the Divine action, which shall be applicable to all cases. Hence he comes to the conclusion that God is incomprehensible by man and inscrutable; and that it is only given to man to know him sufficiently for his practical guidance. To impress this on his hearers is his main object (vers. 12-28); and, to impress it the more, he introduces it by a sharp contrast. Wonderful as is man's cleverness and ingenuity in respect of earthly things and physical phenomena (vers. 1-11), with respect to heavenly things and the spiritual world - wherewith true wisdom is concerned - he knows next to nothing. All that he knows is just enough to guide his conduct aright (ver. 28). Verse 1. - Surely there is a vein for the silver; literally, an issue for silver? i.e. a place or places whence it is drawn forth from the earth. The silver-mines of Spain were very early worked by the Phoenicians, and produced the metal in great abundance (see the author's 'History of Phoenicia,' p. 314). But Asia itself was probably the source whence silver was obtained in primitive times. And a place for gold where they fine it; or, fuse it. Gold is very widely spread over the earth's surface, and in ancient times was especially abundant in Arabia (Diod. Sic.. 2:1; 3:42; Strabo, 16:4. § 18; Pit,y, 'Hist. Nat.,' 6:32, etc.); so that Job might easily have been acquainted with the processes of fusing and refining it. Two processes of refining are mentioned by Diodorus as practised by the Egyptians (3:11). 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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