1Surely there is a veina for the silver, and a place for gold where they fine it.
2Iron is taken out of the earth,b and brass is molten out of the stone.3
He setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth out all perfection: the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death.4
The flood breaketh out from the inhabitant ; even the waters forgotten of the foot: they are dried up , they are gone away from men.5
As for the earth, out of it comethbread: and under it is turned up as it were fire.6
The stones of it are the place of sapphires: and it hath dustc of gold.7
There is a path which no fowlknoweth , and which the vulture'seye hath not seen :
The lion'swhelps have not trodden it, nor the fierce lionpassed by it.
He putteth forth his hand upon the rock;d he overturneth the mountains by the roots.10
He cutteth outrivers among the rocks; and his eyeseeth every precious thing.11
He bindeth the floods from overflowing;e and the thing that is hid bringeth he forth to light.12
But where shall wisdom be found ? and where is the place of understanding?13Manknoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living.14
The depthsaith , It is not in me: and the seasaith , It is not with me.
It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof.
It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the preciousonyx, or the sapphire.17
The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange of it shall not be for jewelsf of fine gold.18
No mention shall be made of coral,g or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies.19
The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with puregold.20Whence then comethwisdom? and where is the place of understanding?21
Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air.h22Destruction and deathsay , We have heard the fame thereof with our ears.23Godunderstandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof.
For he looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole heaven;25
To make the weight for the winds; and he weigheth the waters by measure.26
When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder:27
Then did he see it, and declarei it; he prepared it, yea, and searched it out .
And unto man he said , Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.