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JOB ยท Chapter 28

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

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