Job 28:19
New International Version
The topaz of Cush cannot compare with it; it cannot be bought with pure gold.

New Living Translation
Precious peridot from Ethiopia cannot be exchanged for it. It’s worth more than the purest gold.

English Standard Version
The topaz of Ethiopia cannot equal it, nor can it be valued in pure gold.

Berean Study Bible
Topaz from Cush cannot compare to it, nor can it be valued in pure gold.

King James Bible
The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold.

New King James Version
The topaz of Ethiopia cannot equal it, Nor can it be valued in pure gold.

New American Standard Bible
“The topaz of Cush cannot equal it, Nor can it be valued in pure gold.

NASB 1995
“The topaz of Ethiopia cannot equal it, Nor can it be valued in pure gold.

NASB 1977
“The topaz of Ethiopia cannot equal it, Nor can it be valued in pure gold.

Amplified Bible
“The topaz of Ethiopia cannot compare with it, Nor can it be valued in pure gold.

Christian Standard Bible
Topaz from Cush cannot compare with it, and it cannot be valued in pure gold.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Topaz from Cush cannot compare with it, and it cannot be valued in pure gold.

American Standard Version
The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, Neither shall it be valued with pure gold.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The pearls of KushEthiopia and the stones of the ephod are not comparable to it

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The topaz of Ethiopia shall not be equalled to it; it shall not be compared with pure gold.

Contemporary English Version
All the topaz of Ethiopia and the finest gold cannot compare with it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The topaz of Ethiopia shall not be equal to it, neither shall it be compared to the cleanest dyeing.

English Revised Version
The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold.

Good News Translation
The finest topaz and the purest gold Cannot compare with the value of wisdom.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Topaz from Ethiopia cannot equal its value. It cannot be bought for [any amount of] pure gold.

International Standard Version
It can neither be compared with the topaz of Ethiopia nor valued in comparison to pure gold."

JPS Tanakh 1917
The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, Neither shall it be valued with pure gold.

Literal Standard Version
The topaz of Cush does not equal it, It is not valued with pure gold.

NET Bible
The topaz of Cush cannot be compared with it; it cannot be purchased with pure gold.

New Heart English Bible
The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, Neither shall it be valued with pure gold.

World English Bible
The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, Neither shall it be valued with pure gold.

Young's Literal Translation
Not equal it doth the topaz of Cush, With pure gold it is not valued.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Where Can Wisdom Be Found?
18Coral and quartz are unworthy of mention; the price of wisdom is beyond rubies. 19Topaz from Cush cannot compare to it, nor can it be valued in pure gold. 20From where then does wisdom come, and where does understanding dwell?…

Cross References
Proverbs 8:19
My fruit is better than gold, pure gold, and my harvest surpasses choice silver.

Job 28:20
From where then does wisdom come, and where does understanding dwell?


Treasury of Scripture

The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold.

topaz

Exodus 28:17
And thou shalt set in it settings of stones, even four rows of stones: the first row shall be a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle: this shall be the first row.

Exodus 39:10
And they set in it four rows of stones: the first row was a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle: this was the first row.

Ezekiel 28:13
Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.









Verse 19. - The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it. It is generally allowed that the pithdath (פִטְדַת) is either the "topaz" or the "chrysolite." In favour of its being the chrysolite is the passage of Pliny which mentions its being esteemed for its green tints ('Hist. Nat.,' 37:8). Otherwise "topaz" might have appeared to be the best rendering. By "Cush," here translated "Ethiopia," is probably meant Cushite Arabia, or the southern and south-eastern regions (see the author's 'Origin of Nations,' pp. 206-209). Neither shall it be valued with pare gold. Of the four words used for "gold" in this passage (vers. 15-17), one (זהב) seems to be the common name, and to designate the metal by its coleus, "yellow," since צָהַב means "to be yellow" Another (סָגוּר) means properly "what is treasured," or "shut up," from סָגַר, "to shut." The third (פַז) seems to be the name for "native gold," or that found in river-washings and nuggets, which was regarded as the purest. The fourth (כֶּחֶם) is a poetical name only, and designates gold of extreme purity (Song of Solomon 5:11), whether highly refined or native. Job uses them all, to show that there was no gold of any kind wherewith it was possible to purchase wisdom.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Topaz
פִּטְדַת־ (piṭ·ḏaṯ-)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 6357: (a precious stone) perhaps topaz

from Cush
כּ֑וּשׁ (kūš)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's 3568: A son of Ham, also his descendants, also a land in the southern Nile Valley

cannot
לֹֽא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

compare,
יַ֭עַרְכֶנָּה (ya·‘ar·ḵen·nāh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's 6186: To set in a, row, arrange, put in order

nor can it
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

be valued
תְסֻלֶּֽה׃ (ṯə·sul·leh)
Verb - Pual - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 5541: To make light of, toss aside

in pure
טָ֝ה֗וֹר (ṭā·hō·wr)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 2889: Clean, pure

gold.
בְּכֶ֥תֶם (bə·ḵe·ṯem)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3800: Something carved out, ore, gold


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