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Job 28:17


28:17 Neither gold nor crystal 1  can be compared with it,

nor can a vase 2  of gold match its worth.

Job 28:19


28:19 The topaz of Cush 3  cannot be compared with it;

it cannot be purchased with pure gold.

1 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.

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

3 tn Or “Ethiopia.” In ancient times this referred to the region of the upper Nile, rather than modern Ethiopia (formerly known as Abyssinia).

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