1“Surely there is a source for silver, and a place where gold is refined.
2Iron is taken out of the dust, and copper is smelted from the stone.
3Men put an end to the darkness and search out to the furthest limit, the rock in gloom and deep shadow.
4He breaks open a shaft far from where people live, forgotten by the foot. Far from other people, they hang and they swing back and forth.
5As for the earth, out of it comes food; but underneath it is overturned as by fire.
6Its rocks are the place of sapphires, and it has dust of gold.
7No bird of prey knows that path, nor has the falcon’s eye seen it.
8The proud animals have not walked it, nor has the fierce lion passed by there.
9Man puts out his hand to the flinty rock and he overturns the mountains by the roots.
10He cuts out channels among the rocks, and his eye sees every precious thing.
11He binds the streams so that they do not trickle, and the thing that is hidden he brings out to the light.
12“But where can wisdom be found? Where is the place to find understanding?
13Humans do not know its worth, nor is it found in the land of the living.
14The deep says, ‘It is not in me.’ The sea says, ‘It is not with me.’
15It cannot be obtained in exchange for solid gold, nor can silver be weighed for its price.
16It cannot be weighed in the balances with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire.
17Neither gold nor glass can equal it, nor can it be exchanged for vessels of fine gold.
18Coral or crystal are not worth mentioning, the price of wisdom is above jewels.
19The topaz of Ethiopia can not equal it, nor can it be weighed in a balance with pure gold.
20“Where then does wisdom come from? Where is the place to find understanding?
21She is hidden from the eyes of all living and concealed from the birds of the air.
22Destructiona and Death say, ‘We have heard a report about her with our ears.’
23God understands the way to her, and it is he who knows her place,
24because he looks to the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens.
25When he made the wind have its weight, and meted out the waters by measure,
26when he made a decree for the rain and a path for the thunderstorm,
27then he saw wisdom and appraised her, established her, and searched her out.
28And he said to humankind, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.’”