New Living Translation
I will make people scarcer than gold--more rare than the fine gold of Ophir.
King James Bible
I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.
Darby Bible Translation
I will make a man more precious than fine gold, even man than the gold 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.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
13:12 More precious - The city and nation shall be so depopulated.
CHAPTERS I-XXXIX Isaiah is the most regal of the prophets. His words and thoughts are those of a man whose eyes had seen the King, vi. 5. The times in which he lived were big with political problems, which he met as a statesman who saw the large meaning of events, and as a prophet who read a divine purpose in history. Unlike his younger contemporary Micah, he was, in all probability, an aristocrat; and during his long ministry (740-701 B.C., possibly, but not probably later) he bore testimony, as …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
1 Kings 9:28
They sailed to Ophir and brought back to Solomon some sixteen tons of gold.
It's worth more than all the gold of Ophir, greater than precious onyx or lapis lazuli.
Kings' daughters are among your noble women. At your right side stands the queen, wearing jewelry of finest gold from Ophir!
In that day so few men will be left that seven women will fight for each man, saying, "Let us all marry you! We will provide our own food and clothing. Only let us take your name so we won't be mocked as old maids."
Then I said, "Lord, how long will this go on?" And he replied, "Until their towns are empty, their houses are deserted, and the whole country is a wasteland;
until the LORD has sent everyone away, and the entire land of Israel lies deserted.
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