1"Surelythere is a amine for silver And a placebwhere they refinegold.
2"Iron is taken from the dust, And copper is smelted from rock.
"Man puts an end to darkness, And 1to the farthestlimit he searches out The rock in gloom and deepshadow.
"He csinks a shaft far from dhabitation, Forgotten by the foot ; They hang and swing to and fro far from men.
"The earth, from it comesfood, And underneath it is turned up as fire.
"Its rocks are the esource of sapphires, And its dust contains gold.
"The pathnobird of preyknows, Nor has the falcon'seyecaughtsight of it.
"The fproudbeasts have not trodden it, Nor has the fierce lionpassedover it.
"He puts his hand on the flint ; He overturns the mountains at the gbase.
"He hews out channels through the rocks, And his eyeseesanythingprecious.
"He dams up the streams from hflowing, And what is hidden he brings out to the light.
"But 2where can wisdom be found ? And where is the place of understanding ?
"3Man does not know its value, Nor is it found in the land of the living.
"The deepsays, 'It is not in me'; And the seasays, 'It is not with me.'
"4Puregoldcannot be given in exchange for it, Nor can silver be weighed as its price.
"It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir, In preciousonyx, or sapphire.
"5Gold or glasscannotequal it, Nor can it be exchanged for articles of finegold.
18"Coral and crystal are not to be mentioned ; And the acquisition of 6wisdom is above that of pearls.
"The topaz of Ethiopiacannotequal it, Nor can it be valued in 7puregold.
"8Where then does wisdomcome from? And where is the place of understanding ?
"Thus it is hidden from the eyes of allliving And concealed from the birds of the sky.
"i9Abaddon and Deathsay, 'With our ears we have heard a report of it.'
"10Godunderstands its way, And He knows its place.
"For He 11looks to the ends of the earth And seeseverythingunder the heavens.
"When He imparted12weight to the wind And 13meted out the waters by measure,
When He set a 14limit for the rain And a course for the 15thunderbolt ,
27Then He saw it and declared it; He established it and alsosearched it out.
"And to man He said, 'Behold, the 16fear of the Lord, that is wisdom ; And to depart from evil is understanding.' "