They know how to put light into darkness and explore the farthest, darkest regions of the earth as they search for ore.
They sink a mine shaft into the earth far from where anyone lives. They descend on ropes, swinging back and forth.
Bread comes from the earth, but below the surface the earth is melted as by fire.
"People know how to find sapphires and gold dust --
treasures that no bird of prey can see, no falcon's eye observe --
for they are deep within the mines. No wild animal has ever walked upon those treasures; no lion has set his paw there.
People know how to tear apart flinty rocks and overturn the roots of mountains.
They cut tunnels in the rocks and uncover precious stones.
They dam up the trickling streams and bring to light the hidden treasures.
"But do people know where to find wisdom? Where can they find understanding?
No one knows where to find it, for it is not found among the living.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)