Job 28
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1"Surely there are mines for silver and places where gold is refined.1“Surely there is a mine for silver, and a place for gold that they refine.
2Iron is taken from the ground; and copper is smelted from ore.2Iron is taken out of the earth, and copper is smelted from the ore.
3Mankind limits the darkness as they search the deepest depths for ore in unfathomable darkness.3Man puts an end to darkness and searches out to the farthest limit the ore in gloom and deep darkness.
4He sinks his shaft far from human habitations, in a place forgotten by explorers; they hang on harnesses as they swing back and forth.4He opens shafts in a valley away from where anyone lives; they are forgotten by travelers; they hang in the air, far away from mankind; they swing to and fro.
5"While the ground produces food, underneath it is torn up and burning hot, 5As for the earth, out of it comes bread, but underneath it is turned up as by fire.
6where stones are sapphire and gold dust can be found,6Its stones are the place of sapphires, and it has dust of gold.
7a place where birds of prey never fly, and the eyes of the falcon have never seen.7“That path no bird of prey knows, and the falcon’s eye has not seen it.
8The proud beasts haven't walked there; lions have never passed over it.8The proud beasts have not trodden it; the lion has not passed over it.
9"Using a flint, he thrusts his hand, overturning mountains by the roots.9“Man puts his hand to the flinty rock and overturns mountains by the roots.
10He cuts a channel through the rocks, while his eyes search for anything of value.10He cuts out channels in the rocks, and his eye sees every precious thing.
11He dams up flowing rivers, bringing hidden things to light."11He dams up the streams so that they do not trickle, and the thing that is hidden he brings out to light.
12"Where can wisdom be found? Where is understanding's home?12“But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?
13Mankind doesn't appreciate their value; and you won't find it anywhere on earth. 13Man does not know its worth, and it is not found in the land of the living.
14The deepest ocean says, 'It's not within me.' and the sea says, 'You'll never find it with me.'14The deep says, ‘It is not in me,’ and the sea says, ‘It is not with me.’
15You can't buy it with gold, and its value cannot be calculated in silver.15It cannot be bought for gold, and silver cannot be weighed as its price.
16It cannot be compared to gold from Ophir, with precious onyx, or with sapphire.16It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir, in precious onyx or sapphire.
17It cannot be compared to gold and fine glass crystal, nor can it be exchanged for gold-plated weaponry. 17Gold and glass cannot equal it, nor can it be exchanged for jewels of fine gold.
18Don't even bother to mention coral and crystal— wisdom is more valuable than a bag of rubies. 18No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal; the price of wisdom is above pearls.
19It can neither be compared with the topaz of Ethiopia nor valued in comparison to pure gold."19The topaz of Ethiopia cannot equal it, nor can it be valued in pure gold.
20"From where, then, does wisdom originate? Where does understanding live? 20“From where, then, does wisdom come? And where is the place of understanding?
21It has been concealed from the sight of every living creature and hidden even from the birds in the skies.21It is hidden from the eyes of all living and concealed from the birds of the air.
22Abaddon and death said, 'We did hear a rumor about it.'22Abaddon and Death say, ‘We have heard a rumor of it with our ears.’
23God understands how to get there; he knows where they live. 23“God understands the way to it, and he knows its place.
24For he looks as far as the ends of the earth and sees everything under the sky. 24For he looks to the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens.
25"He imparted weight to the wind; he regulated water by his measurement.25When he gave to the wind its weight and apportioned the waters by measure,
26He set in place ordinances for the rain; and determined the pathway for thunder that accompanies lightning. 26when he made a decree for the rain and a way for the lightning of the thunder,
27Then he looked at wisdom, and fixed it in place; he established it, and also examined it.27then he saw it and declared it; he established it, and searched it out.
28He has commanded mankind: 'To fear the Lord—that is wisdom; to move away from evil—that is understanding.'"28And he said to man, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.’”
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