Job 28 TNIV

Interlude: Where Wisdom Is Found

1 There is a mine for silver and a place where gold is refined.1

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2 Iron is taken from the earth, and copper is smelted from ore.2

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3 Miners put an end to the darkness;3 they search out the farthest recesses for ore in the blackest darkness.4

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4 Far from human dwellings they cut a shaft,5 in places untouched by human feet; far from other people they dangle and sway.

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5 The earth, from which food comes,6 is transformed below as by fire;

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6 lapis lazuli7 comes from its rocks, and its dust contains nuggets of gold.8

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7 No bird of prey knows that hidden path, no falcon's eye has seen it.9

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      8 Proud beasts10 do not set foot on it, and no lion prowls there.11

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      9 The miners' hands assault the flinty rock12 and lay bare the roots of the mountains.13

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      10 They tunnel through the rock;14 their eyes see all its treasures.15

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          11 They searcha the sources of the rivers16 and bring hidden things17 to light.

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            • a 28:11 - Septuagint, Aquila and Vulgate; Hebrew "They dam up"
              12 But where can wisdom be found?18 Where does understanding dwell?19

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                  13 No mortal comprehends its worth;20 it cannot be found in the land of the living.21

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                  14 The deep22 says, "It is not in me"; the sea23 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 out in silver.24

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                  16 It cannot be bought with the gold of Ophir,25 with precious onyx or lapis lazuli.26

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                      17 Neither gold nor crystal can compare with it,27 nor can it be had for jewels of gold.28

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                      18 Coral29 and jasper30 are not worthy of mention; the price of wisdom is beyond rubies.31

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                      19 The topaz32 of Cush33 cannot compare with it; it cannot be bought with pure gold.34

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                      20 Where then does wisdom come from? Where does understanding dwell?35

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                          21 It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing, concealed even from the birds in the sky.36

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                              22 Destructionb37 and Death38 say, "Only a rumor of it has reached our ears."

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                              23 God understands the way to it and he alone39 knows where it dwells,40

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                              24 for he views the ends of the earth41 and sees everything under the heavens.42

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                              25 When he established the force of the wind and measured out the waters,43

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                              26 when he made a decree for the rain44 and a path for the thunderstorm,45

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                              27 then he looked at wisdom and appraised it; he confirmed it and tested it.46

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                              28 And he said to the human race, "The fear of the Lord--that is wisdom, and to shun evil47 is understanding."48

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