"But where can wisdom be found?1 Where does understanding dwell?213
Man does not comprehend its worth;3 it cannot be found in the land of the living.414
The deep5 says, 'It is not in me'; the sea6 says, 'It is not with me.'
It cannot be bought with the finest gold, nor can its price be weighed in silver.716
It cannot be bought with the gold of Ophir,8 with precious onyx or sapphires.917
Neither gold nor crystal can compare with it,10 nor can it be had for jewels of gold.1118
Coral12 and jasper13 are not worthy of mention; the price of wisdom is beyond rubies.1419
The topaz15 of Cush16 cannot compare with it; it cannot be bought with pure gold.1720
"Where then does wisdom come from? Where does understanding dwell?1821
It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing, concealed even from the birds of the air.1922
Destructiona20 and Death21 say, 'Only a rumor of it has reached our ears.'
God understands the way to it and he alone22 knows where it dwells,2324
for he views the ends of the earth24 and sees everything under the heavens.2525
When he established the force of the wind and measured out the waters,2626
when he made a decree for the rain27 and a path for the thunderstorm,2827
then he looked at wisdom and appraised it; he confirmed it and tested it.2928
And he said to man, 'The fear of the Lord--that is wisdom, and to shun evil30 is understanding.31' "