Job 28:21

21 It can't be found by looking, no matter how deep you dig, no matter how high you fly.

Job 28:21 Meaning and Commentary

Job 28:21

Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living
Meaning not the beasts of the field, as some interpret it; this makes the sentiment jejune and trifling; but rational creatures, men, so the Septuagint, Eve is said to be the mother of, ( Genesis 3:20 ) ; wisdom, as a perfection in God, displayed in his works of creation and providence, is but imperfectly known by men; and the secret reasons of his providential dealings with men, good and bad, are hid from all at present; and as for spiritual wisdom or godliness, and the Gospel of Christ, and Christ himself, they are hid from the eyes of all natural and carnal men, though ever so wise and prudent in other things:

and kept close from the fowls of the air,
or "heaven" F11; either the devils so called, because they dwell in the air, and are the posse or power of the air, ( Ephesians 2:2 ) ; and because of their ravenous and cruel disposition, and swiftness to do mischief; see ( Luke 8:5 Luke 8:12 ) ; or rather the holy angels, as Jarchi, whose habitation is in heaven, and who are swift to do the will of God, and are represented as having wings like fowls; though these know much, yet the wisdom of God in his providence, in the doctrines of the Gospel, and Christ himself, the Wisdom of God, are in a good measure hid from them; at least their knowledge is imperfect, and they are desirous of prying more into these things, ( 1 Peter 1:12 ) : unless men of the most piercing and penetrating geniuses, that soar aloft in the things of nature, and make the greatest discoveries therein, and yet know nothing of divine and spiritual things, of the arcanas of Providence or of grace, should be meant.


F11 (Mymvh) "caeli", Pagninus, Montanus

Job 28:21 In-Context

19 Pile gold and African diamonds as high as you will, they can't hold a candle to Wisdom.
20 "So where does Wisdom come from? And where does Insight live?
21 It can't be found by looking, no matter how deep you dig, no matter how high you fly.
22 If you search through the graveyard and question the dead, they say, 'We've only heard rumors of it.'
23 "God alone knows the way to Wisdom, he knows the exact place to find it.
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