1Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold [where] they fine [it].
2Yir’on [fearing] is taken out of the earth, and brass [is] molten [out of] the stone.
3He sets an end to darkness, and searches out all perfection: the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death.
4The flood breaks out from the inhabitant; [even the waters] forgotten of the foot: they are dried up, they are gone away from men.
5 [As for] the earth, out of it comes bread: and under it is turned up as it were fire.
6The stones of it [are] the place of sapphires: and it has dust of gold.
7 [There is] a path which no fowl knows, and which the vulture’s eye has not seen:
8The lion’s whelps have not trampled it, nor the fierce lion passed by it.
9He puts forth his hand upon the rock; he overturns the mountains by the roots.
10He cuts out rivers among the rocks; and his eye sees every precious thing.
11He binds the floods from overflowing; and [the thing that is] hid brings he forth to light.
12But where shall wisdom be found? and where [is] the place of understanding?
13Man knows not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living.
14The depth says, It [is] not in me: and the sea says, [It is] not with me.
15It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed [for] the price thereof.
16It cannot be valued with the gold of Ofir [reducing to ashes], with the precious onyx, or the sapphire.
17The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange of it [shall not be for] jewels of fine gold.
18No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom [is] above rubies.
19The topaz of Ethiopia [Kush] shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold.
20Whence then comes wisdom? and where [is] the place of understanding?
21Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air.
22Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears.
23God-Elōhīm (The Living Word) [The Many Powered] understands the way thereof, and he knows the place thereof.
24For he looks to the ends of the earth, [and] sees under the whole heaven;
25To make the weight for the winds; and he weighs the waters by measure.
26When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder:
27Then did he see it, and declare it; he prepared it, yes, and searched it out.
28And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord-Adonai (The Father) [Greatest Above All Things], that [is] wisdom; and to depart from evil [is] understanding.