Can I exchange some gold for wisdom? 

Old Testament: Job 28.15–19

To read the Bible in a year, read Job 26–28 on July 3, In the year of our Lord Christ 2022

By Don Ruhl 

Part of the debate between Job and his friends included their views on wisdom and who was wise. Job 28 is all about wisdom, where it cannot be found and where it can be found. 

Job proposed whether or not we can purchase wisdom with valuable things that we own: 

“It cannot be purchased for gold,
Nor can silver be weighed for its price.
It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir,
In precious onyx or sapphire.
Neither gold nor crystal can equal it,
Nor can it be exchanged for jewelry of fine gold.
No mention shall be made of coral or quartz,
For the price of wisdom is above rubies.
The topaz of Ethiopia cannot equal it,
Nor can it be valued in pure gold.”

– Job 28.15–19 

We all know this to be true, if we give it even the slightest thought, because we have never seen anyone doing it, nor have we heard of any such thing. 

Wisdom is a quality of the mind and of the spirit. Therefore, nothing exists on this earth that we can give in exchange for it. 

We gain it through another means. 


  • Do you know what Job will say is the way to get wisdom? 
  • Have you sought that way that Job proposes later? 

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Don preaches with the Savage Street Church of Christ in Grants Pass, Oregon. 

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