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Job 28

1 Surely there is a source for silver, and a place where gold is refined.
2 Iron is taken out of the earth, and copper is smelted from stone.
3 Man puts an end to darkness, and searches every recess for stone in the gloom and deep darkness.
4 The torrent breaks out far from the sojourners; forgotten by the feet of men, they hang and swing to and fro.
5 As for the earth, from it comes bread, but underneath it is churned up like fire;
6 its stones are the source of sapphires, and it contains gold dust.
7 It is a path no bird knows, nor has the falcon's eye caught sight of it.
8 The young of the majestic beasts have not trodden it, nor has the lion passed by it.
9 He has put his hand on the rock; He has overturned the mountains by the roots.
10 He cuts out streams in the rocks, and his eye sees every precious thing.
11 He has bound up the streams from flowing; He brings what is hidden out into the light.
12 But where can wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?
13 Man does not know its value, nor is it found in the land of the living.
14 The deep says, It is not in me; and the sea says, It is not with me.
15 It cannot be given for gold, nor can silver be weighed for its price.
16 It cannot be weighed against the gold of Ophir, the precious onyx or sapphire.
17 Neither gold nor crystal can be compared to it, nor can it be exchanged for articles of fine gold.
18 No mention shall be made of coral or crystal, for the acquiring of wisdom is above precious stones.
19 The topaz of Ethiopia cannot be compared to it, nor can it be weighed out for pure gold.
20 From where then does wisdom come? And where is the place of understanding?
21 It is hidden from the eyes of all living, and concealed from the birds of the heavens.
22 Abaddon and Death say, We have heard a report 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 to appoint a weight for the wind, and mete out the waters by measure.
26 When He made a decree for the rain, and a path for the thunderbolt,
27 then He saw and declared it; He prepared it, yea, He searched it out.
28 And to man He said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to depart from evil is understanding.
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