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Job 28:28 & meaning...


the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom. To depart from evil is understanding.’

Job 28:28


Job 28 [20.] Where then does wisdom come from?

    Where is the place of understanding?

Seeing it is hidden from the eyes of all living,

    and kept close from the birds of the sky.

Destruction and Death say,

    ‘We have heard a rumor of it with our ears.’

“God understands its way,

    and he knows its place.

For he looks to the ends of the earth,

    and sees under the whole sky.

He establishes the force of the wind.

    Yes, he measures out the waters by measure.

When he made a decree for the rain,

    and a way for the lightning of the thunder;

then he saw it, and declared it.

    He established it, yes, and searched it out.

To man he said,

    ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom.

    To depart from evil is understanding.’


In this verse, Job reflects on the essence of true wisdom as he ponders the question of where wisdom can be found. He asserts that true wisdom begins with the fear of the Lord. The fear of the Lord does not imply a sense of terror but rather a reverence, awe, and respect for God's authority, wisdom, and holiness. It is the recognition of God's sovereignty and the acknowledgment of our dependence on Him for guidance and understanding.

The phrase "to depart from evil is understanding" emphasizes the practical outworking of wisdom in one's life. It suggests that true understanding is demonstrated by living a life that is characterized by righteousness and obedience to God's commands. Departing from evil involves not only avoiding sinful behavior but also actively pursuing righteousness and holiness.

The significance of Job 28:28 lies in its timeless wisdom about the nature and source of true wisdom. It teaches us that wisdom is not merely intellectual knowledge or cleverness but a moral and spiritual quality that stems from a right relationship with God. It is found in humbly submitting to God's will, seeking His guidance, and obeying His commands.

This verse echoes similar sentiments found throughout the Bible. In Proverbs 9:10, we read, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight." Likewise, in Ecclesiastes 12:13, we are reminded, "Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man."

As we reflect on Job 28:28, we are challenged to examine our own hearts and lives. Do we approach life with a reverence for God and a desire to honor Him in all that we do? Are we actively seeking to grow in wisdom by aligning our lives with God's truth and pursuing righteousness?

Ultimately, Job 28:28 points us to the foundational importance of our relationship with God in cultivating wisdom. It reminds us that true wisdom begins with a humble acknowledgment of God's authority and a commitment to living in obedience to His will. As we walk in the fear of the Lord and depart from evil, we will experience the fullness of wisdom and understanding that God desires for us.

In conclusion, Job 28:28 offers timeless wisdom about the nature and source of true wisdom. It teaches us that wisdom begins with a reverent fear of the Lord and is demonstrated by a life of righteousness and obedience. As we embrace the fear of the Lord and seek to depart from evil, may we grow in wisdom and understanding, experiencing the abundant life that God desires for us.

PIB Scriptures are derived from the World English Bible


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