18 Coral and jasper are not worthy of mention; the price of wisdom is beyond rubies.
18 No mention shall be made of coral,
18 No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal; the price of wisdom is above pearls.
18 Pearl necklaces and ruby bracelets - why bother? None of this is even a down payment on Wisdom!
18 No mention shall be made of coral or quartz, For the price of wisdom is above rubies.
18 Coral and jasper are worthless in trying to get it. The price of wisdom is far above rubies.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Job 28:18
Commentary on Job 28:12-19
(Read Job 28:12-19)
Job here speaks of wisdom and understanding, the knowing and enjoying of God and ourselves. Its worth is infinitely more than all the riches in this world. It is a gift of the Holy Ghost which cannot be bought with money. Let that which is most precious in God's account, be so in ours. Job asks after it as one that truly desired to find it, and despaired of finding it any where but in God; any way but by Divine revelation.