Isaiah 13:12
New International Version
I will make people scarcer than pure gold, more rare than the gold of Ophir.

New Living Translation
I will make people scarcer than gold— more rare than the fine gold of Ophir.

English Standard Version
I will make people more rare than fine gold, and mankind than the gold of Ophir.

Berean Study Bible
I will make man scarcer than pure gold, and mankind rarer than the gold of Ophir.

New American Standard Bible
I will make mortal man scarcer than pure gold And mankind than the gold of Ophir.

New King James Version
I will make a mortal more rare than fine gold, A man more than the golden wedge of Ophir.

King James Bible
I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.

Christian Standard Bible
I will make a human more scarce than fine gold, and mankind more rare than the gold of Ophir.

Contemporary English Version
Survivors will be harder to find than the purest gold.

Good News Translation
Those who survive will be scarcer than gold.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I will make man scarcer than gold, and mankind more rare than the gold of Ophir.

International Standard Version
I'll make people scarcer than pure gold, and mankind rarer than gold from Ophir.

NET Bible
I will make human beings more scarce than pure gold, and people more scarce than gold from Ophir.

New Heart English Bible
I will make people more rare than fine gold, even a person than the pure gold of Ophir.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I will make people harder to find than pure gold and human beings more rare than gold from Ophir.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I will make man more rare than fine gold, Even man than the pure gold of Ophir.

New American Standard 1977
I will make mortal man scarcer than pure gold, And mankind than the gold of Ophir.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I will make the noble man more precious than fine gold and man more than the gold of Ophir.

King James 2000 Bible
I will make a man more rare than fine gold; even a man more than the golden wedge of Ophir.

American King James Version
I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.

American Standard Version
I will make a man more rare than fine gold, even a man than the pure gold of Ophir.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And they that are left shall be more precious than gold tried in the fire; and a man shall be more precious than the stone that is in Suphir.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A man shall be more precious than gold, yea a man than the finest of gold.

Darby Bible Translation
I will make a man more precious than fine gold, even man than the gold of Ophir.

English Revised Version
I will make a man more rare than fine gold, even a man than the pure gold of Ophir.

Webster's Bible Translation
I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.

World English Bible
I will make people more rare than fine gold, even a person than the pure gold of Ophir.

Young's Literal Translation
I make man more rare than fine gold, And a common man than pure gold of Ophir.
Study Bible
An Oracle Concerning Babylon
11I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity. I will end the haughtiness of the arrogant and humiliate the pride of tyrants. 12I will make man scarcer than pure gold, and mankind rarer than the gold of Ophir. 13Therefore I will make the heavens tremble, and the earth will be shaken from its place at the wrath of the LORD of Hosts on the day of His burning anger.…
Cross References
1 Kings 9:28
They sailed to Ophir and imported gold from there--420 talents--and delivered it to Solomon.

Job 28:16
It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir, in precious onyx or sapphire.

Psalm 45:9
The daughters of kings are among your honored women; the queen stands at your right hand, adorned with the gold of Ophir.

Isaiah 4:1
On that day seven women will take hold of one man and say, "We will eat our own bread and provide our own clothes. Just let us be called by your name. Take away our disgrace!"

Isaiah 6:11
Then I asked, "How long, O Lord?" And He replied, "Until cities lie in ruins without an inhabitant, until the houses are left unoccupied, and the land is desolate and ravaged,

Isaiah 6:12
until the LORD has driven men far away, and the land is utterly forsaken.

Treasury of Scripture

I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.

Isaiah 13:15-18
Every one that is found shall be thrust through; and every one that is joined unto them shall fall by the sword…

Isaiah 4:1
And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.

Isaiah 24:6
Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.







Lexicon
{I will make} man
אֱנ֖וֹשׁ (’ĕ·nō·wōš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 376: A man as an individual, a male person

scarcer
אוֹקִ֥יר (’ō·w·qîr)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3365: To be heavy, valuable, to make rare

than pure gold,
מִפָּ֑ז (mip·pāz)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6337: Refined, pure gold

and mankind
וְאָדָ֖ם (wə·’ā·ḏām)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 120: Ruddy, a human being

rarer than the gold
מִכֶּ֥תֶם (mik·ke·ṯem)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3800: Something carved out, ore, gold

of Ophir.
אוֹפִֽיר׃ (’ō·w·p̄îr)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 211: Ophir -- a son of Joktan, also his descendants, also a region from which gold comes
(12) I will make a man more precious.--Both the words for man (e?nosh and a?dam) express, as in Psalm 8:2, the frailty of man's nature. The words may point to the utter destruction, in which but few men should be left. The "gold of Ophir" (the gold coast near the mouth of the Indus) was proverbial for its preciousness (Job 22:24; Job 28:16; 1Chronicles 29:4; 1Kings 9:28; 1Kings 22:48).

Verse 12. - I will make a man more precious than fine gold (comp. Isaiah 4:1). Population shall he so diminished that man shall be the most highly esteemed of commodities. The more scanty the supply of a thing, the greater its value. The golden wedge of Ophir; rather, pure gold of Ophir. Ophir is mentioned as a gold-region in 1 Kings 9:28; 1 Kings 10:11; 1 Kings 22:48; 1 Chronicles 29:4; 2 Chronicles 8:18; 2 Chronicles 9:10; Job 22:24; Job 28:16; Psalm 45:9. Its locality is uncertain. Gold of Ophir appears to have been considered especially pure. 13:6-18 We have here the terrible desolation of Babylon by the Medes and Persians. Those who in the day of their peace were proud, and haughty, and terrible, are quite dispirited when trouble comes. Their faces shall be scorched with the flame. All comfort and hope shall fail. The stars of heaven shall not give their light, the sun shall be darkened. Such expressions are often employed by the prophets, to describe the convulsions of governments. God will visit them for their iniquity, particularly the sin of pride, which brings men low. There shall be a general scene of horror. Those who join themselves to Babylon, must expect to share her plagues, Re 18:4. All that men have, they would give for their lives, but no man's riches shall be the ransom of his life. Pause here and wonder that men should be thus cruel and inhuman, and see how corrupt the nature of man is become. And that little infants thus suffer, which shows that there is an original guilt, by which life is forfeited as soon as it is begun. The day of the Lord will, indeed, be terrible with wrath and fierce anger, far beyond all here stated. Nor will there be any place for the sinner to flee to, or attempt an escape. But few act as though they believed these things.
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