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1Surely there is a mine for the kesef, and a makom for zahav where they refine it. 2Barzel (iron) is taken out of aphar, and nechoshet is smelted out of the even (stone, ore). 3He setteth a ketz to choshech, and searcheth out all extremities, the even (ore) of darkness and tzalmavet. 4He cuts out a shaft down far from the inhabitant; forgotten of the regel, they dangle, suspended, away from enosh. 5As for eretz, out of it cometh lechem, and under it is transformed as by eish. 6The stones of it are the makom of the sapphire, and it hath ore of zahav. 7There is a hidden path of which no bird of prey has da'as, and which the falcon's eye hath not seen. 8The proud beasts have not trodden it, nor the shachal (lion's cub) passed over it. 9He [the miner] putteth forth his yad upon the rock; he upturneth the mountains by the shoresh. 10He cutteth out channels through the tzurot (rocks), and his eye seeth every precious thing. 11He dams up the streams from flowing, and the thing that is hidden bringeth he forth to ohr. 12But where shall chochmah be found? And where is the makom binah? 13Enosh knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the Eretz HaChayyim. 14The tehom (abyss) saith, It is not in me; and the yam saith, It is not with me. 15It cannot be gotten in exchange for fine gold, neither shall kesef be weighed for the price thereof. 16It cannot be valued with the fine gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire. 17The zahav and the crystal cannot equal it, and the exchange of it shall not be for the jewel of gold. 18Nor shall mention be made of coral or crystal, for the price of chochmah is above pearls. 19The chrysolite of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with tahor gold. 20From where then cometh chochmah? And where is the makom binah? 21Seeing it is hidden from the eyes of kol chai, and concealed from the oph HaShomayim. 22Abaddon and Mavet say, We have heard a rumor thereof with our ears. 23Elohim understandeth the way to it, and He knoweth the makom thereof. 24For He looketh to the ketzot ha'aretz, and seeth all under Shomayim. 25The weight He appointed for the ruach, and He weigheth the mayim by measure. 26When He made a decree for the matar, and a derech for the lightning of the thunder, 27Az (then) did He see it, and declare it; He prepared it, yea, and searched it out. 28And unto adam He said, See, the Yirat Adonoi, that is chochmah, and to depart from rah is binah.
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