Job 28:16

16 It cannot be bought with the gold of Ophir, with precious onyx or lapis lazuli.

Read Job 28:16 Using Other Translations

It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire.
It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir, in precious onyx or sapphire.
It’s worth more than all the gold of Ophir, greater than precious onyx or lapis lazuli.

What does Job 28:16 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Job 28:16

It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir
Which is often spoken of in Scripture as choice gold, if not the best; (See Gill on Job 22:24); the sense is, that the gold of Ophir is not of the value of wisdom, or of the same worth with that, and so not sufficient to purchase it: with the precious onyx and sapphire: two precious stones that were in the breastplate of the high priest, of which (See Gill on Exodus 28:9), (See Gill on Exodus 28:18), and (See Gill on Exodus 28:20); but not so precious, or of such value as wisdom. Pliny F25 speaks of the onyx stone as in Arabia, near which Job lived, and who doubtless was acquainted with it and its worth, and also with the sapphire he makes mention of before, (See Gill on Job 28:6). The word for "valued" is by some rendered "strowed" F26, as goods are when they are exposed to sale; but wisdom should not be laid, or put on a level with these, though so excellent and precious.


F25 Nat. Hist. l. 37. c. 6.
F26 (hlot) "verbum significat sternere", Michaelis.
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