Where Can Wisdom be Found?
1“Surely there is a mine for silver, and a place where gold is refined.
2Iron is taken from the earth, and copper is smelted from ore.
3Man puts an end to darkness; he searches to the farthest reaches for ore in gloom and blackest darkness.
4He cuts open a shaft far from dwellings, in places forgotten by feet. Far from other people, they dangle back and forth.
5The earth, from which food comes, is transformed as by fire;
6a place whose rocks are sapphires, its dust contains gold.
7No bird of prey knows the path; nor falcon’s eye has seen it.
8Proud beasts have not set foot on it, and no lion has passed there.
9Man sets his hand against the flinty rock and overturns mountains by the roots.
10He carves out tunnels through the rocks; his eye sees every precious thing.
11He dams up streams from flowing. And brings hidden things to light.
12“But where can wisdom be found? Where is the place of understanding?
13No mortal comprehends its worth; it cannot be found in the land of the living.
14The deep says, ‘It is not in me’— The sea says, ‘It’s not with me.’
15Pure gold cannot be given for it, nor can its price be weighed in silver.
16It cannot be weighed in gold from Ophir, in precious onyx, or sapphire.
17Neither gold or crystal can compare with it, nor vessels of fine gold exchanged for it.
18No mention will be made of coral or jasper; the price of wisdom is more than pearls.
19The topaz of Ethiopia cannot compare to it; nor can it be valued in pure gold.
20Where then does wisdom come from? Where is the place of understanding?
21It has been hidden from the eyes of all living things, concealed from the birds of the sky.
22Abaddon and Death say, ‘With our ears we have heard a rumor of it.’
23“God understands its way and He knows its place.
24He looks to the ends of the earth, and sees everything under the heavens.
25When He made the force of the wind, and measured out the waters,
26when He set a limit for the rain and a path for the thunderstorm,
27then He looked at it and assessed it established it and examined it.
28And He said to mankind, ‘The fear of the Lord —that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.”’