Neither gold, neither glass shall be made even worth thereto; and high and far appearing vessels of gold shall not be (ex)changed for wisdom, (Neither gold, nor crystal, can be made equal in worth to it; and high-priced and outstanding vessels of gold cannot be exchanged for wisdom,)
neither they shall be had in mind in comparison thereof. Forsooth wisdom is drawn out of privy things; (nor shall they even be considered when compared to it. For wisdom is drawn from private, or hidden, things;)
topaz of Ethiopia shall not be made even worth to wisdom (the topaz of Ethiopia cannot be made equal in worth to wisdom), and most precious dyeings shall not be set together in price, or comparisoned, thereto.
Therefore whereof cometh wisdom, and which is the place of understanding? (And so from where cometh wisdom, and where is the place of understanding?)
It is hid from the eyes of all living men; and also it is hid from the birds of (the) heaven(s), or of the air.
Perdition and death said, With our ears we have heard (of) the fame of wisdom.
God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof.
For he beholdeth the ends of the world, and beholdeth all things that be under heaven.
He hath made weight to winds (He hath made a counter-weight for the winds), and he hath weighed (the) waters in measure.
When he set law to rain, and way to tempests sounding; (When he made a law for the rain, and a way for the sounding tempests;)
then he saw wisdom, and told it out, and he made it ready, and sought it out.