Job 28
 Divine wisdom and nature
This chapter is considered to be among the greatest ancient descriptions of natural history.
It is also a fine testimony to the priceless wisdom from God.
 1 ¶ Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold where they fine it. 
 2 Iron is taken out of the earth, and brass is molten out of the stone. 
 3 He setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth out all perfection: the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death.
  1 - Vein ... silver Mining is an ancient skill de0809.
  2 - Brass Actually copper or bronze. ge0422, ex2503, ex2611.
  3 - End to darkness Miners bring light to places that have been in darkness from ages past.
4 The flood breaketh out from the inhabitant; even the waters forgotten of the foot: they are dried up, they are gone away from men.
 5 As for the earth, out of it cometh bread: and under it is turned up as it were fire.
 6 The stones of it are the place of sapphires: and it hath dust of gold.
 7 There is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture's eye hath not seen:
 8 The lion's whelps have not trodden it, nor the fierce lion passed by it.
 9 He putteth forth his hand upon the rock; he overturneth the mountains by the roots. 
 10 He cutteth out rivers among the rocks; and his eye seeth every precious thing.

  4 - Breaketh out The verse is unclear. It may describe mining practices. The NKJV is probably a better translation: "He breaks open a shaft away from people; In places forgotten by feet They hang far away from men; They swing to and fro."
  5, 6 - Earth The earth that produces bread also produces sapphires and gold.
  7 - There is a path The God who overturns mountains, as in the time of the flood ge0711, treads a path unknown to the birds and lions. He who can cut rivers knows the location of all the precious stones and metals.

The U-turn in the Colorado River reveals how nature has worked. Layers may be traced although some that are said to have been deposited over millions of years do not appear in the sequence in some places calling the theory into question. To me it's clear that the layers were developed from the time of the flood when large masses of material came up in volcanic action spreading out from different sources. Image © Corel.
 11 He bindeth the floods from overflowing; and the thing that is hid bringeth he forth to light. 
 12 But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding?
 13 Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living.
  11 - He God controls the waters jb3811. And hidden things other than stones and metals, He brings to light ec1214.
  12 - Where ... wisdom? This is the question that our nature lesson was leading to.
  13 - Man knoweth not the price We do not realize the value of true wisdom from God.
  13 - Land of the living It is not found among humans but from God ja0317, ja0117.
.14 ¶ The depth saith, It is not in me: and the sea saith, It is not with me.
 15 It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof. 
.16 It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire.
 17 The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange of it shall not be for jewels of fine gold. 
 18 No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies.
 19 The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold.

  14 - Depth ... not in me Comparing with v13, we see that wisdom is not from the land of the dead either. This does not mean that dead people are alive. It is a way of speaking of death. In the preceding chapter we saw Abraham gathered to his people who were in their graves jb2719. Ezekiel shows a similar way of speaking. Read beginning at ez3218.
  17 - Gold ... cannot equal Wisdom from God is beyond human ability to receive without grace mr0836. We find in the Bible.
Illustration © Correl
 20 ¶ Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding?
 21 Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air. 
 22 Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears.
  20 - Whence then? We have already suggested an answer with v14.
  22 - Destruction and death ... heard But they do not know is0819.
 23 God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof.
.24 For he looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole heaven;
 25 To make the weight for the winds; and he weigheth the waters by measure.
  23 - God understandeth Thus only in Him through His Son may be found the path of eternal life co0203.
 26 When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder:
 27 Then did he see it, and declare it; he prepared it, yea, and searched it out. 
 28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
  26 - Decree for rain ... thunder He will ever be ultimately in control of nature but in these last days has allowed more for Satan to govern as His spirit is being withdrawn re0701.
  27 - Declare it God has made for us a way of salvation and had expressed it through the written word jn1717 and the living Word, Jesus Christ jn0114.
  28 - Fear ... depart This is the way to eternal life ec0712, ps111010, pr0910.
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