Job 28:12-28 NIV

12 "But where can wisdom be found?1 Where does understanding dwell?2

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      13 Man does not comprehend its worth;3 it cannot be found in the land of the living.4

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      14 The deep5 says, 'It is not in me'; the sea6 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.7

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      16 It cannot be bought with the gold of Ophir,8 with precious onyx or sapphires.9

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          17 Neither gold nor crystal can compare with it,10 nor can it be had for jewels of gold.11

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          18 Coral12 and jasper13 are not worthy of mention; the price of wisdom is beyond rubies.14

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          19 The topaz15 of Cush16 cannot compare with it; it cannot be bought with pure gold.17

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          20 "Where then does wisdom come from? Where does understanding dwell?18

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              21 It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing, concealed even from the birds of the air.19

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                  22 Destructiona20 and Death21 say, 'Only a rumor of it has reached our ears.'

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                  23 God understands the way to it and he alone22 knows where it dwells,23

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                  24 for he views the ends of the earth24 and sees everything under the heavens.25

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                  25 When he established the force of the wind and measured out the waters,26

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                  26 when he made a decree for the rain27 and a path for the thunderstorm,28

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                  27 then he looked at wisdom and appraised it; he confirmed it and tested it.29

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                  28 And he said to man, 'The fear of the Lord--that is wisdom, and to shun evil30 is understanding.31' "

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