Job 28
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1"Surely there is a mine for silver, and a place where gold is refined. 1“People know where to mine silver and how to refine gold.
2Iron is taken from the ground, and rock is poured out as copper. 2They know where to dig iron from the earth and how to smelt copper from rock.
3Man puts an end to the darkness; he searches the farthest recesses for the ore in the deepest darkness. 3They know how to shine light in the darkness and explore the farthest regions of the earth as they search in the dark for ore.
4Far from where people live he sinks a shaft, in places travelers have long forgotten, far from other people he dangles and sways. 4They sink a mine shaft into the earth far from where anyone lives. They descend on ropes, swinging back and forth.
5The earth, from which food comes, is overturned below as though by fire; 5Food is grown on the earth above, but down below, the earth is melted as by fire.
6a place whose stones are sapphires and which contains dust of gold; 6Here the rocks contain precious lapis lazuli, and the dust contains gold.
7a hidden path no bird of prey knows--no falcon's eye has spotted it. 7These are treasures no bird of prey can see, no falcon’s eye observe.
8Proud beasts have not set foot on it, and no lion has passed along it. 8No wild animal has walked upon these treasures; no lion has ever set his paw there.
9On the flinty rock man has set to work with his hand; he has overturned mountains at their bases. 9People know how to tear apart flinty rocks and overturn the roots of mountains.
10He has cut out channels through the rocks; his eyes have spotted every precious thing. 10They cut tunnels in the rocks and uncover precious stones.
11He has searched the sources of the rivers and what was hidden he has brought into the light. 11They dam up the trickling streams and bring to light the hidden treasures.
12"But wisdom--where can it be found? Where is the place of understanding? 12“But do people know where to find wisdom? Where can they find understanding?
13Mankind does not know its place; it cannot be found in the land of the living. 13No one knows where to find it, for it is not found among the living.
14The deep says, 'It is not with me.' And the sea says, 'It is not with me.' 14‘It is not here,’ says the ocean. ‘Nor is it here,’ says the sea.
15Fine gold cannot be given in exchange for it, nor can its price be weighed out in silver. 15It cannot be bought with gold. It cannot be purchased with silver.
16It cannot be measured out for purchase with the gold of Ophir, with precious onyx or sapphires. 16It’s worth more than all the gold of Ophir, greater than precious onyx or lapis lazuli.
17Neither gold nor crystal can be compared with it, nor can a vase of gold match its worth. 17Wisdom is more valuable than gold and crystal. It cannot be purchased with jewels mounted in fine gold.
18Of coral and jasper no mention will be made; the price of wisdom is more than pearls. 18Coral and jasper are worthless in trying to get it. The price of wisdom is far above rubies.
19The topaz of Cush cannot be compared with it; it cannot be purchased with pure gold. 19Precious peridot from Ethiopia cannot be exchanged for it. It’s worth more than the purest gold.
20"But wisdom--where does it come from? Where is the place of understanding? 20“But do people know where to find wisdom? Where can they find understanding?
21For it has been hidden from the eyes of every living creature, and from the birds of the sky it has been concealed. 21It is hidden from the eyes of all humanity. Even the sharp-eyed birds in the sky cannot discover it.
22Destruction and Death say, 'With our ears we have heard a rumor about where it can be found.' 22Destruction and Death say, ‘We’ve heard only rumors of where wisdom can be found.’
23God understands the way to it, and he alone knows its place. 23“God alone understands the way to wisdom; he knows where it can be found,
24For he looks to the ends of the earth and observes everything under the heavens. 24for he looks throughout the whole earth and sees everything under the heavens.
25When he made the force of the wind and measured the waters with a gauge. 25He decided how hard the winds should blow and how much rain should fall.
26When he imposed a limit for the rain, and a path for the thunderstorm, 26He made the laws for the rain and laid out a path for the lightning.
27then he looked at wisdom and assessed its value; he established it and examined it closely. 27Then he saw wisdom and evaluated it. He set it in place and examined it thoroughly.
28And he said to mankind, 'The fear of the LORD--that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.'" 28And this is what he says to all humanity: ‘The fear of the Lord is true wisdom; to forsake evil is real understanding.’”
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