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24 Then shalt thou lay up [shiyth] gold [betser] as [`al] dust [`aphar], and the gold
of Ophir ['Owphiyr] as the stones [tsuwr] of the brooks [nachal].
25 Yea, the Almighty [Shadday] shall be thy defence [betser], and thou shalt have plenty [tow`aphah]
of silver [keceph]. KJV-Interlinear
24 And place your gold in the
dust, And the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks, 25 Then the Almighty will be your gold And
choice silver to you. NASB
The word for gold, 'betser' is real gold. But this is gold which you have to work
for. You have to find it in the ground,
and dig it out. 'Betser' means slivers
of gold which are broken off from veins and or from off of other pieces. And though it is valuable, as gold comes in a
pure form, you still have to work for it.
Dust is that which is common all over the world. Even on the sea floor and though wet, dust is
everywhere and counting it or quantifying it is virtually impossible because it
is so common and so numerous. Dust is
something which is generally taken for granted.
It is everywhere and therefore we tend to ignore it in our daily
lives. Except when we are dusting, and
then it is a nuisance.
Ophir is a region or a city generally thought to have
been located on the southern and western edge of Arabia, along the Red Sea. It was a center of commerce. It was a seaport, a cross roads between
Africa, the Middle East, India, and probably beyond.
Ophir was known for its rich gold deposits, said here
by Eliphaz to be vast. Even Solomon, who
lived some 1500 years later, received annual full barge shipments of gold from
Ophir. So its gold rush was not a flash
in the pan type of rush, that we are more familiar with in our contemporary
history, where the gold ran out after a few years.
Ophir was indeed an extremely wealthy region.
And one more thing here, this gold represents vast
wealth, or wealth in terms of possessions for which one has to work in order to
In contrast, the silver of the next verse represents
spending money, or annual income. The two together represent incredibly vast
wealth and prosperity.
The stones along the brooks are references to rocks
that are washed down from the mountains during flooding seasons. The mountains being the high regions above
which man lived. Man living in the lower
All wealth and blessing whether spiritual or temporal,
whether you work for it or it just falls in your lap, comes from God.
Now, 'betsar' is used again in the next verse and here
it carries a connotation of a defensive posture, a castle, a fortress, a wall
which protects its occupants. And in
life, gold plays that type of role for its owner. If you have gold then you have the means of
providing yourself with a defense, or a protected life. You can pay for things
and so forth.
Now I'll bet you think that you have figured this
passage out. But you are wrong, or at
least only half right.
Eliphaz has suggested that if you turn your life
around, replace your carnal lifestyle with a spiritual lifestyle, committing
yourself totally and exclusively to Gods Word, and this does not mean that you
go live in a monastery, but it does mean that you transform your daily thinking
pattern, then the capacity of your soul, will in turn transform into a wealth
of gold more numerous than the dust of the earth.
But, and here is the kicker, the gold of the world
will become as dust, or something which you disregard, as you advance in your
spiritual life toward maturity, and God Himself will become your treasure, more
valuable than all of the gold of the world.
And moreover, Gods wealth is far superior, and more
vast, and something that you do not have to work for.
In this life you have to work day in and day out for
whatever it is that you have. Most folks
have a meager existence. But even the
wealthy have to fight and work to get and keep what they have.
And even more, Gods wealth is better than the choicest
of silver, easier to obtain and spend, is readily available, and comes in
Your spiritual life is the single most valuable
possession that you can possibly ever have.
It comes to you as a gift from God.
It is the easiest possession that you can obtain. It is an eternal possession which can never
be taken away from you.
Your carnal life is of this world only. It is temporary and will never apply to
eternity. It affects your life in this world only.
Your spiritual life is eternal and makes up the vast
majority (99.99%+) of your life. Your
spiritual life affects both your life now as well as your life in eternity.
The blessings of your spiritual life overflow into
your carnal life. The blessings of your
carnal life do not overflow into your spiritual life.
Though you may have the wealth of Ophir, gold as thick
and numerous as the dust of the world, silver as common as the air that you
breathe, its value is nothing (dust) when compared to the wealth of your
spiritual life which comes from God.
Transform your life and God will make this destiny,
yours. Your destiny is not of this
world, but exists in the next life. This
life is temporary at best. The next life is permanent and forever.
The Lake of Fire is terrible and all of your work
won't keep you out. Believing in Christ
(a mere thought of faith) is infinitely better and it comes to you without work. Being saved is good, but advancement to
spiritual maturity (via your change in attitude and no muscle work involved) is
So you have a choice as to what kind of future you
want for yourself. You can be dirt poor
(no salvation) and burn in the fires of hell, or middle class (saved but with
little or no spiritual life) and live in heaven as a commoner, or be extreme
upper class (spiritually mature) and live in heaven as a multi-multi-multi-multi-trillionaire-gazillionaire.
Moses was the crown prince of Egypt. He was to become the next Pharaoh. He would have possessed the wealth, the
extremely vast wealth of Egypt. Moses
made a choice. Moses looked at the
wealth of Egypt and the wealth of Heaven, chose heaven, and never blinked,
never looked back.
You can think about that one and decide where your
priorities for life are, and just what you are going to believe and then make a
part of your life.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.