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Job 28 (asv)

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28:1Surely there is a mine for silver,

And a place for gold which they refine.

28:2Iron is taken out of the earth,

And copper is molten out of the stone.

28:3Man setteth an end to darkness,

And searcheth out, to the furthest bound,

The stones of obscurity and of thick darkness.

28:4He breaketh open a shaft away from where men sojourn;

They are forgotten of the foot;

They hang afar from men, they swing to and fro.

28:5As for the earth, out of it cometh bread;

And underneath it is turned up as it were by fire.

28:6The stones thereof are the place of sapphires,

And it hath dust of gold.

28:7That path no bird of prey knoweth,

Neither hath the falcon's eye seen it:

28:8The proud beasts have not trodden it,

Nor hath the fierce lion passed thereby.

28:9He putteth forth his hand upon the flinty rock;

He overturneth the mountains by the roots.

28:10He cutteth out channels among the rocks;

And his eye seeth every precious thing.

28:11He bindeth the streams that they trickle not;

And the thing that is hid bringeth he forth to light. \\ \\

28:12But where shall wisdom be found?

And where is the place of understanding?

28:13Man knoweth not the price thereof;

Neither is it found in the land of the living.

28:14The deep saith, It is not in me;

And the sea saith, It is not with me.

28:15It cannot be gotten for gold,

Neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof.

28:16It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir,

With the precious onyx, or the sapphire.

28:17Gold and glass cannot equal it,

Neither shall it be exchanged for jewels of fine gold.

28:18No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal:

Yea, the price of wisdom is above rubies.

28:19The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it,

Neither shall it be valued with pure gold.

28:20Whence then cometh wisdom?

And where is the place of understanding?

28:21Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living,

And kept close from the birds of the heavens.

28:22Destruction and Death say,

We have heard a rumor thereof with our ears. \\ \\

28:23God understandeth the way thereof,

And he knoweth the place thereof.

28:24For he looketh to the ends of the earth,

And seeth under the whole heaven;

28:25To make a weight for the wind:

Yea, he meteth out the waters by measure.

28:26When he made a decree for the rain,

And a way for the lightning of the thunder;

28:27Then did he see it, and declare it;

He established it, yea, and searched it out.

28:28And unto man he said,

Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom;

And to depart from evil is understanding.


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