It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof.
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George Leo Haydock
Finest, obrizum, which has the colour of fire. (Pliny, xxiii. 3.) The old Vulgate and Septuagint read "locked-up gold "aurum conclusum, (Calmet) and the Hebrew Segor, (Haydock) "that which is shut up "like things of value: gold is sometimes specified, 3 Kings vi. 20.
71. For what is denoted by ‘fine gold,’ save the holy Angels, who are rightly called both ‘gold,’ and ‘fine [obrysum];’ ‘gold,’ because they shine with brightness of righteousness; ‘fine,’ because they never had any defilement of sin. But for just men, so long as they are in this corruptible flesh with the conditions of mortality, ‘gold’ they may indeed be, ‘fine gold’ they cannot be in any wise; because the corruptible body presseth down the soul, and the earthy tabernacle weigheth down the mind, that museth upon many things. [Wisd. 9, 15] For though in this life they may shine by an extraordinary brightness of righteousness, yet they never purely lack the dross of sins; as John the Apostle bears witness, who says, if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us [1 John 1, 8]; and as James affirms, who puts a proof, saying, For in many things we all offend. [James 3, 2] As the Prophet likewise beseeches, who says, Enter not into judgment with Thy servant...