Job 28:12
New International Version
But where can wisdom be found? Where does understanding dwell?

New Living Translation
"But do people know where to find wisdom? Where can they find understanding?

English Standard Version
“But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?

Berean Study Bible
But where can wisdom be found, and where does understanding dwell?

New American Standard Bible
"But where can wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?

King James Bible
But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding?

Christian Standard Bible
But where can wisdom be found, and where is understanding located?

Contemporary English Version
But where is wisdom found?

Good News Translation
But where can wisdom be found? Where can we learn to understand?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But where can wisdom be found, and where is understanding located?

International Standard Version
"Where can wisdom be found? Where is understanding's home?

NET Bible
"But wisdom--where can it be found? Where is the place of understanding?

New Heart English Bible
"But where shall wisdom be found? Where is the place of understanding?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Where can wisdom be found? Where does understanding live?

JPS Tanakh 1917
But wisdom, where shall it be found? And where is the place of understanding?

New American Standard 1977
“But where can wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?

Jubilee Bible 2000
But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?

King James 2000 Bible
But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding?

American King James Version
But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding?

American Standard Version
But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?

Douay-Rheims Bible
But where is wisdom to be found, and where is the place of understanding?

Darby Bible Translation
But wisdom, where shall it be found? and where is the place of understanding?

English Revised Version
But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding?

Webster's Bible Translation
But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding?

World English Bible
"But where shall wisdom be found? Where is the place of understanding?

Young's Literal Translation
And the wisdom -- whence is it found? And where is this, the place of understanding?
Study Bible HEB ▾ 
Where Can Wisdom Be Found?
11He searches the sources of the streams to bring what is hidden to light. 12But where can wisdom be found, and where does understanding dwell? 13No man can know its value, nor is it found in the land of the living.…
Cross References
Job 28:11
He searches the sources of the streams to bring what is hidden to light.

Job 28:23
But God understands its way, and He knows its place.

Job 28:28
And He said to man, 'Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.'"

Ecclesiastes 7:24
What exists is out of reach and very deep. Who can fathom it?

Treasury of Scripture

But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding?

Job 28:20,28 From where then comes wisdom? and where is the place of understanding…

1 Kings 3:9 Give therefore your servant an understanding heart to judge your …

Psalm 51:6 Behold, you desire truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part …

Proverbs 2:4-6 If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hid treasures…

Proverbs 3:19 The LORD by wisdom has founded the earth; by understanding has he …

Ecclesiastes 7:23-25 All this have I proved by wisdom: I said, I will be wise; but it …

1 Corinthians 1:19,20 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will …

Colossians 2:3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

James 1:5,17 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all …







Lexicon
But where
מֵאַ֣יִן (mê·’a·yin)
Preposition-m | Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 370: Whence?

can wisdom
וְֽ֭הַחָכְמָה (wə·ha·ḥā·ḵə·māh)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2451: Wisdom

be found,
תִּמָּצֵ֑א (tim·mā·ṣê)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4672: To come forth to, appear, exist, to attain, find, acquire, to occur, meet, be present

and where
וְאֵ֥י (wə·’ê)
Conjunctive waw | Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 335: Where?, how?

does understanding
בִּינָֽה׃ (bî·nāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 998: An understanding

dwell?
מְק֣וֹם (mə·qō·wm)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 4725: A standing, a spot, a condition
(12) But where shall wisdom be found?--With magnificent effect comes in this question, after the gigantic achievements of man just recounted; notwithstanding his industry, science, and skill, he is altogether ignorant of true wisdom. Neither his knowledge nor his wealth can make him master of that; nor can he find it where he discovers so many other secret and precious things.

Verses 12-28. - Here we come on an abrupt change. From human ingenuity and contrivance Job turns to the consideration of "wisdom" - that wisdom which has been defined as "the reason which deals with principles "(Canon Cook). "Where," he asks, "is this to be found?" It is a wholly different thing from cleverness and ingenuity. It inquires into causes and origins, into the ends and purposes of things; it seeks to solve the riddle of the universe. Perfect wisdom can, of course, only dwell with God (ver. 23). Man must be content with something much below this. With him "the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to depart from evil is understanding" (ver. 28). Verse 12. - But where shall wisdom be found? "Wisdom is the principal thing," says Solomon (Proverbs 4:7); and again, "It is better to get wisdom than gold" (Proverbs 16:16). But where is it to be found? Job's three friends thought that it dwelt with them (Job 12:2); but this was a mistake, since God reproaches them with their "folly" (Job 42:8). Job does not claim to possess it (Job 26:3); he only desires it. It is his deep conviction that it is only possessed, in the true sense of the word, by God. And where is the place of understanding? It is not quite clear whether Job intends to make any distinction between "wisdom" (חכמה) and "understanding" (בינה). Canon Cook suggests that "wisdom" is "the reason which deals with principles," and "understanding" "the faculty which discerns and appreciates their application." But refined distinctions of this kind are scarcely suitable to the age of Job. Dean Plumptre, in his comment on Proverbs ('Speaker's Commentary,' vol. 4. p. 529), accepts the distinction implied in the Septuagint translation of that book, which renders חכמה by σοφία' and בינה by φρόνησις. This is a much simpler and more easily understood distinction, being that which separates between scientific know. ledge and the practical intelligence which directs conduct. But it may be doubted whether Job does not use the two words as synonyms. 28:12-19 Job here speaks of wisdom and understanding, the knowing and enjoying of God and ourselves. Its worth is infinitely more than all the riches in this world. It is a gift of the Holy Ghost which cannot be bought with money. Let that which is most precious in God's account, be so in ours. Job asks after it as one that truly desired to find it, and despaired of finding it any where but in God; any way but by Divine revelation.
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