Job 28:3
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New International Version
Mortals put an end to the darkness; they search out the farthest recesses for ore in the blackest darkness.

King James Bible
He setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth out all perfection: the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death.

Darby Bible Translation
[Man] putteth an end to the darkness, and exploreth to the utmost limit, the stones of darkness and of the shadow of death.

World English Bible
Man sets an end to darkness, and searches out, to the furthest bound, the stones of obscurity and of thick darkness.

Young's Literal Translation
An end hath he set to darkness, And to all perfection he is searching, A stone of darkness and death-shade.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

He setteth an end to darkness - As it is likely Job still refers to mining, the words above may be understood as pointing out the persevering industry of man in penetrating into the bowels of the earth, in order to seek for metals and precious stones. Even the stones that lay hidden in the bowels of the earth he has digged for and brought to light, and has penetrated in directions in which the solar light could not be transmitted; so that he appears to have gone to the regions of the shadow of death. Mr. Good translates: "Man delveth into the region of darkness; and examineth, to the uttermost limit, the stones of darkness and death-shade."

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

searcheth

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

Ecclesiastes 1:13 And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven...

Habakkuk 2:13 Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts that the people shall labor in the very fire...

Matthew 6:33 But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.

Luke 16:8 And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely...

the stones

Job 10:21,22 Before I go from where I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death...

Job 12:22 He discovers deep things out of darkness, and brings out to light the shadow of death.

Job 38:16,17 Have you entered into the springs of the sea? or have you walked in the search of the depth...

Library
December 4 Morning
Where shall wisdom be found?--JOB 28:12. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.--Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.--The only wise God.--Be not wise in thine own eyes. Ah, Lord God! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. But the Lord said unto me, Say not,
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

The Hidden Path
"There is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture's eye hath not seen."--Job xxviii. 7. T. P. tr., Emma Frances Bevan, 1899 One place have I in heaven above The glory of His throne-- On this dark earth, whence He is gone, I have one place alone, And if His rest in Heaven I know, I joy to find His path below, We meet to own that place alone Around the broken bread-- The dead whose life is hid with Christ Remembering Jesus dead. For us has set the earthly light, Above, the glory; here,
Frances Bevan—Hymns of Ter Steegen and Others (Second Series)

Whether Wisdom Should be Reckoned among the Gifts of the Holy Ghost?
Objection 1: It would seem that wisdom ought not to be reckoned among the gifts of the Holy Ghost. For the gifts are more perfect than the virtues, as stated above ([2705]FS, Q[68], A[8]). Now virtue is directed to the good alone, wherefore Augustine says (De Lib. Arb. ii, 19) that "no man makes bad use of the virtues." Much more therefore are the gifts of the Holy Ghost directed to the good alone. But wisdom is directed to evil also, for it is written (James 3:15) that a certain wisdom is "earthly,
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

"But Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God, and his Righteousness, and all These Things Shall be Added unto You. "
Matth. vi. 33.--"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you." The perfection even of the most upright creature, speaks always some imperfection in comparison of God, who is most perfect. The heavens, the sun and moon, in respect of lower things here, how glorious do they appear, and without spot! But behold, they are not clean in God's sight! How far are the angels above us who dwell in clay! They appear to be a pure mass of light and
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

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

Job 28:4
Far from human dwellings they cut a shaft, in places untouched by human feet; far from other people they dangle and sway.

Ecclesiastes 1:13
I applied my mind to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under the heavens. What a heavy burden God has laid on mankind!

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