Job 28
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1"Surely there is a mine for silver, and a place where gold is refined. 1Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold where they fine it.
2Iron is taken from the ground, and rock is poured out as copper. 2Iron is taken out of the earth, and brass is molten out of the stone.
3Man puts an end to the darkness; he searches the farthest recesses for the ore in the deepest darkness. 3He setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth out all perfection: the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death.
4Far from where people live he sinks a shaft, in places travelers have long forgotten, far from other people he dangles and sways. 4The flood breaketh out from the inhabitant; even the waters forgotten of the foot: they are dried up, they are gone away from men.
5The earth, from which food comes, is overturned below as though by fire; 5As for the earth, out of it cometh bread: and under it is turned up as it were fire.
6a place whose stones are sapphires and which contains dust of gold; 6The stones of it are the place of sapphires: and it hath dust of gold.
7a hidden path no bird of prey knows--no falcon's eye has spotted it. 7There is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture's eye hath not seen:
8Proud beasts have not set foot on it, and no lion has passed along it. 8The lion's whelps have not trodden it, nor the fierce lion passed by it.
9On the flinty rock man has set to work with his hand; he has overturned mountains at their bases. 9He putteth forth his hand upon the rock; he overturneth the mountains by the roots.
10He has cut out channels through the rocks; his eyes have spotted every precious thing. 10He cutteth out rivers among the rocks; and his eye seeth every precious thing.
11He has searched the sources of the rivers and what was hidden he has brought into the light. 11He bindeth the floods from overflowing; and the thing that is hid bringeth he forth to light.
12"But wisdom--where can it be found? Where is the place of understanding? 12But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding?
13Mankind does not know its place; it cannot be found in the land of the living. 13Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living.
14The deep says, 'It is not with me.' And the sea says, 'It is not with me.' 14The depth saith, It is not in me: and the sea saith, It is not with me.
15Fine gold cannot be given in exchange for it, nor can its price be weighed out in silver. 15It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof.
16It cannot be measured out for purchase with the gold of Ophir, with precious onyx or sapphires. 16It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire.
17Neither gold nor crystal can be compared with it, nor can a vase of gold match its worth. 17The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange of it shall not be for jewels of fine gold.
18Of coral and jasper no mention will be made; the price of wisdom is more than pearls. 18No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies.
19The topaz of Cush cannot be compared with it; it cannot be purchased with pure gold. 19The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold.
20"But wisdom--where does it come from? Where is the place of understanding? 20Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding?
21For it has been hidden from the eyes of every living creature, and from the birds of the sky it has been concealed. 21Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air.
22Destruction and Death say, 'With our ears we have heard a rumor about where it can be found.' 22Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears.
23God understands the way to it, and he alone knows its place. 23God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof.
24For he looks to the ends of the earth and observes everything under the heavens. 24For he looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole heaven;
25When he made the force of the wind and measured the waters with a gauge. 25To make the weight for the winds; and he weigheth the waters by measure.
26When he imposed a limit for the rain, and a path for the thunderstorm, 26When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder:
27then he looked at wisdom and assessed its value; he established it and examined it closely. 27Then did he see it, and declare it; he prepared it, yea, and searched it out.
28And he said to mankind, 'The fear of the LORD--that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.'" 28And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
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