Job 28 NIV

1 "There is a mine for silver and a place where gold is refined.1

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2 Iron is taken from the earth, and copper is smelted from ore.2

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3 Man puts an end to the darkness;3 he searches the farthest recesses for ore in the blackest darkness.4

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4 Far from where people dwell he cuts a shaft,5 in places forgotten by the foot of man; far from men he dangles and sways.

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5 The earth, from which food comes,6 is transformed below as by fire;

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6 sapphiresa7 come from its rocks, and its dust contains nuggets of gold.8

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    • a 28:6 - Or "lapis lazuli "; also in verse 16
      7 No bird of prey knows that hidden path, no falcon's eye has seen it.9

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          8 Proud beasts10 do not set foot on it, and no lion prowls there.11

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          9 Man's hand assaults the flinty rock12 and lays bare the roots of the mountains.13

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          10 He tunnels through the rock;14 his eyes see all its treasures.15

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              11 He searchesb the sources of the rivers16 and brings hidden things17 to light.

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                • b 28:11 - Septuagint, Aquila and Vulgate; Hebrew "He dams up"
                  12 "But where can wisdom be found?18 Where does understanding dwell?19

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                      13 Man does not comprehend its worth;20 it cannot be found in the land of the living.21

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                      14 The deep22 says, 'It is not in me'; the sea23 says, 'It is not with me.'

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                      15 It cannot be bought with the finest gold, nor can its price be weighed in silver.24

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                      16 It cannot be bought with the gold of Ophir,25 with precious onyx or sapphires.26

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                          17 Neither gold nor crystal can compare with it,27 nor can it be had for jewels of gold.28

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                          18 Coral29 and jasper30 are not worthy of mention; the price of wisdom is beyond rubies.31

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                          19 The topaz32 of Cush33 cannot compare with it; it cannot be bought with pure gold.34

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                          20 "Where then does wisdom come from? Where does understanding dwell?35

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                              21 It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing, concealed even from the birds of the air.36

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                                  22 Destructionc37 and Death38 say, 'Only a rumor of it has reached our ears.'

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                                  23 God understands the way to it and he alone39 knows where it dwells,40

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                                  24 for he views the ends of the earth41 and sees everything under the heavens.42

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                                  25 When he established the force of the wind and measured out the waters,43

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                                  26 when he made a decree for the rain44 and a path for the thunderstorm,45

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                                  27 then he looked at wisdom and appraised it; he confirmed it and tested it.46

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                                  28 And he said to man, 'The fear of the Lord--that is wisdom, and to shun evil47 is understanding.48' "

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