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Job 28:1-21

Interlude: Where Wisdom Is Found

28‘Surely there is a mine for silver,
   and a place for gold to be refined.
2 Iron is taken out of the earth,
   and copper is smelted from ore.
3 Miners put* an end to darkness,
   and search out to the farthest bound
   the ore in gloom and deep darkness.
4 They open shafts in a valley away from human habitation;
   they are forgotten by travellers,
   they sway suspended, remote from people.
5 As for the earth, out of it comes bread;
   but underneath it is turned up as by fire.
6 Its stones are the place of sapphires,*
   and its dust contains gold.


7 ‘That path no bird of prey knows,
   and the falcon’s eye has not seen it.
8 The proud wild animals have not trodden it;
   the lion has not passed over it.


9 ‘They put their hand to the flinty rock,
   and overturn mountains by the roots.
10 They cut out channels in the rocks,
   and their eyes see every precious thing.
11 The sources of the rivers they probe;*
   hidden things they bring to light.


12 ‘But where shall wisdom be found?
   And where is the place of understanding?
13 Mortals do not know the way to it,*
   and it is not found in the land of the living.
14 The deep says, “It is not in me”,
   and the sea says, “It is not with me.”
15 It cannot be bought for gold,
   and silver cannot be weighed out as its price.
16 It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir,
   in precious onyx or sapphire.*
17 Gold and glass cannot equal it,
   nor can it be exchanged for jewels of fine gold.
18 No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal;
   the price of wisdom is above pearls.
19 The chrysolite of Ethiopia* cannot compare with it,
   nor can it be valued in pure gold.


20 ‘Where then does wisdom come from?
   And where is the place of understanding?
21 It is hidden from the eyes of all living,
   and concealed from the birds of the air.

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