Job 22:24

22:24 and throw your gold in the dust –

your gold of Ophir

among the rocks in the ravines –

Job 28:16

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

with precious onyx or sapphires.


tc The form is the imperative. Eliphaz is telling Job to get rid of his gold as evidence of his repentance. Many commentators think that this is too improbable for Eliphaz to have said, and that Job has lost everything anyway, and so they make proposals for the text. Most would follow Theodotion and the Syriac to read וְשָׁתָּ (vÿshatta, “and you will esteem….”). This would mean that he is promising Job restoration of his wealth.

tn Heb “place.”

tn The word for “gold” is the rare בֶּצֶר (betser), which may be derived from a cognate of Arabic basara, “to see; to examine.” If this is the case, the word here would refer to refined gold. The word also forms a fine wordplay with בְצוּר (bÿtsur, “in the rock”).

tn The Hebrew text simply has “Ophir,” a metonymy for the gold that comes from there.

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

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