Job, Chapter 28

28:1 Surely there is a mine for silver, And a place for gold which they refine.
28:2 Iron is taken out of the earth, And copper is molten out of the stone.
28:3 [Man] sets an end to darkness, And searches out, to the furthest bound, The stones of obscurity and of thick darkness.
28:4 He breaks open a shaft away from where men sojourn; They are forgotten of the foot; They hang far from common man, they swing to and fro.
28:5 As for the earth, out of it comes bread; And underneath it is turned up as it were by fire.
28:6 Its stones are the place of sapphires, And it has dust of gold.
28:7 That path no bird of prey knows, Neither has the falcon's eye seen it:
28:8 The proud beasts haven't trodden it, Nor has the fierce lion passed by it.
28:9 He puts forth his hand on the flinty rock; He overturns the mountains by the roots.
28:10 He cuts out channels among the rocks; And his eye sees every precious thing.
28:11 He dams up the sources of the rivers; And the thing that is hid he brings forth to light.
28:12 But where will wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?
28:13 Common man doesn't know its price; Neither is it found in the land of the living.
28:14 The deep says, It is not in me; And the sea says, It is not with me.
28:15 It can't be obtained for gold, Neither will silver be weighed for its price.
28:16 It can't be valued with the gold of Ophir, With the precious onyx, or the sapphire.
28:17 Gold and glass can't equal it, Neither will it be exchanged for jewels of fine gold.
28:18 No mention will be made of coral or of crystal: Yes, the price of wisdom is above rubies.
28:19 The topaz of Ethiopia will not equal it, Neither will it be valued with pure gold.
28:20 From where then comes wisdom? And where is the place of understanding?
28:21 Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, And kept close from the birds of the heavens.
28:22 Destruction and Death say, We have heard a rumor of it with our ears.
28:23 God understands its way, And he knows its place.
28:24 For he looks to the ends of the earth, And sees under the whole heaven;
28:25 To make a weight for the wind: Yes, he metes out the waters by measure.
28:26 When he made a decree for the rain, And a way for the lightning of the thunder;
28:27 Then he saw it, and declared it; He established it, yes, and searched it out.
28:28 And to man he said, Look, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; And to depart from evil is understanding.

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