Job 28:1-11

Expertise in mining

1 There is a sure source of silver, a place where gold is refined.
2 Iron is taken from the earth; rock is smelted into copper.
3 Humans put an end to darkness, dig for ore to the farthest depths, into stone in utter darkness,
4 open a shaft away from any inhabitant, places forgotten by those on foot, apart from any human they hang and sway.
5 Earth—from it comes food— is turned over below ground as by fire.
6 Its rocks are the source for lapis lazuli; there is gold dust in it.
7 A path— no bird of prey knows it; a hawk's eye hasn't seen it;
8 proud beasts haven't trodden on it; a lion hasn't crossed over it.
9 Humans thrust their hands into flint, pull up mountains from their roots,
10 cut channels into rocks; their eyes see everything precious.
11 They dam up the sources of rivers; hidden things come to light.