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Job 28:15-17

Context

28:15 Fine gold cannot be given in exchange for it,

nor can its price be weighed out in silver.

28:16 It cannot be measured out for purchase 1  with the gold of Ophir,

with precious onyx 2  or sapphires.

28:17 Neither gold nor crystal 3  can be compared with it,

nor can a vase 4  of gold match its worth.

1 tn The word actually means “weighed,” that is, lifted up on the scale and weighed, in order to purchase.

2 tn The exact identification of these stones is uncertain. Many recent English translations, however, have “onyx” and “sapphires.”

3 tn The word is from זָכַךְ (zakhakh, “clear”). It describes a transparent substance, and so “glass” is an appropriate translation. In the ancient world it was precious and so expensive.

4 tc The MT has “vase”; but the versions have a plural here, suggesting jewels of gold.



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