The topaz1 of Cush2 cannot compare with it; it cannot be bought with pure gold.3
"Where then does wisdom come from? Where does understanding dwell?4
It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing, concealed even from the birds of the air.5
Destruction6 and Death7 say, 'Only a rumor of it has reached our ears.'
God understands the way to it and he alone8 knows where it dwells,9
for he views the ends of the earth10 and sees everything under the heavens.11
When he established the force of the wind and measured out the waters,12
when he made a decree for the rain13 and a path for the thunderstorm,14
then he looked at wisdom and appraised it; he confirmed it and tested it.15
And he said to man, 'The fear of the Lord--that is wisdom, and to shun evil16 is understanding.17' "
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