Job 28
Job Tells of Earth’s Treasures
1“Surely there is a mine for silver,
And a place where they refine gold.
2Iron is taken out of the earth,
And copper is smelted from the stone ore.
3 Man puts an end to darkness [by bringing in a light],
And to the farthest bounds he searches out
The rock buried in gloom and deep shadow.
4He breaks open (mine) shafts far away from where people live,
[In places] forgotten by the [human] foot;
They dangle [in the mines] and hang away from men.
5[As for] the earth, out of it comes food,
But underneath [its surface, down deep] it is turned over as fire.
6Its stones are the bed of sapphires;
It holds dust of gold.
7The path [deep within] no bird of prey knows,
And the falcon’s eye has not caught sight of it.
8The proud beasts [and their young] have not walked on it,
Nor has the fierce lion passed over it.
9Man puts his hand on [and tears apart] the flinty rock;
He overturns the mountains at the base [looking for treasure].
10He cuts out channels and passages among the rocks;
And his eye sees every precious thing.
11Man dams up the streams from flowing [so that they do not trickle into the mine],
And what is hidden he brings out to the light.
The Search for Wisdom Is Harder
12“But where can wisdom be found?
And where is the place of understanding?
13Man does not know the value of it;
Nor is it found in the land of the living.
14The deep says, ‘It is not in me’;
And the sea says, ‘It is not with me.’
15It cannot be obtained for pure gold,
Nor can silver be weighed as its price.
16It cannot be valued in [terms of] the gold of Ophir,
In the precious onyx or beryl, or the sapphire.
17Gold and glass cannot equal wisdom,
Nor can it be exchanged for articles of fine gold.
18No mention of coral and crystal can be made;
For the possession of wisdom is even above [that of] rubies or pearls.
19The topaz of Ethiopia cannot compare with it,
Nor can it be valued in pure gold.
20From where then does wisdom come?
And where is the place of understanding?
21It is hidden from the eyes of all the living
And concealed from the birds of the heavens.
22Abaddon (the place of destruction) and Death say,
‘We have [only] heard a report of it with our ears.’
23“God understands the way [to wisdom]
And He knows its place [for wisdom is with God alone].
24For He looks to the ends of the earth
And sees everything under the heavens.
25When He gave weight and pressure to the wind
And allotted the waters by measure,
26When He made a limit for the rain
And a way for the thunderbolt,
27Then He saw wisdom and declared it;
He established it and searched it out.
28But to man He said, ‘Behold, the reverential and worshipful fear of the Lord—that is wisdom;
And to depart from evil is understanding.’ ”

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