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Job Contemplates Wisdom

 1 “Surely there is a mine for silver,

 and a place for gold that they refine.

 

 2 Iron is taken out of the earth,

 and copper is smelted out of the ore.

 

 3 Man sets an end to darkness,

 and searches out, to the furthest bound,

 the stones of obscurity and of thick darkness.

 

 4 He breaks open a shaft away from where people live.

 They are forgotten by the foot.

 They hang far from men, they swing back and forth.

 

 5 As for the earth, out of it comes bread;

 underneath it is turned up as it were by fire.

 

 6 Sapphires come from its rocks.

 It has dust of gold.

 

 7 That path no bird of prey knows,

 neither has the falcon’s eye seen it.

 

 8 The proud animals have not walked it,

 nor has the fierce lion passed by there.

 

 9 He puts forth his hand on the flinty rock

 and he overturns the mountains by the roots.

 

 10 He cuts out channels among the rocks.

 His eye sees every precious thing.

 

 11 He binds the streams that they do not trickle.

 The thing that is hidden he brings forth to light.

 

 
12 
“But where can wisdom be found?

 Where is the place of understanding?

 

 13 Man doesn’t know its price;

 Neither is it found in the land of the living.

 

 14 The deep says, ‘It isn’t in me.’

 The sea says, ‘It isn’t with me.’

 

 15 It cannot be gotten for gold,

 neither can silver be weighed for its price.

 

 16 It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir,

 with the prized onyx, or the sapphire.

 

 17 Gold and glass cannot equal it,

 neither can it be exchanged for jewels of fine gold.

 

 18 No mention is to be made of coral or of crystal.

 Yes, the price of wisdom is above jewels.

 

 19 The topaz of Ethiopia can not equal it.

 Neither can it be valued with pure gold.

 

 
20 
“Where then does wisdom come from?

 Where is the place of understanding?

 

 21 Seeing it is hidden from the eyes of all living

 and concealed from the birds of the air.

 

 22 Destruction and Death say,

 ‘We have heard a rumor of it with our ears.’

 

 23 God understands its way,

 and he knows its place.

 

 24 For he looks to the ends of the earth

 and sees under the whole heavens.

 

 25 He establishes the force of the wind.

 Yes, he measures out the waters by measure.

 

 26 When he made a decree for the rain

 and a way for the lightning of the thunder,

 

 27 then he saw it, and declared it.

 He established it, yes, and searched it out.

 

 28 To man he said,

 ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom.

 To depart from evil is understanding.’”

 

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