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Job 28 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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A Hymn to Wisdom
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Surely there is a mine for silver

and a place where gold is refined.

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Iron is taken from the ground,

and copper is smelted from ore.

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A miner puts an end to the darkness;

he probes[fn] the deepest recesses

for ore in the gloomy darkness.

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He cuts a shaft far from human habitation,

in places unknown to those who walk above ground.

Suspended far away from people,

the miners swing back and forth.

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Food may come from the earth,

but below the surface the earth is transformed as by fire.

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Its rocks are a source of lapis lazuli,

containing flecks of gold.

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No bird of prey knows that path;

no falcon’s eye has seen it.

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Proud beasts have never walked on it;

no lion has ever prowled over it.

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The miner uses a flint tool

and turns up ore from the root of the mountains.

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He cuts out channels in the rocks,

and his eyes spot every treasure.

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He dams up the streams from flowing[fn]

so that he may bring to light what is hidden.

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But where can wisdom be found,

and where is understanding located?

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No one can know its value,[fn]

since it cannot be found in the land of the living.

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The ocean depths say, “It’s not in me,”

while the sea declares, “I don’t have it.”

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Gold cannot be exchanged for it,

and silver cannot be weighed out for its price.

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Wisdom cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir,

in precious onyx or lapis lazuli.

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Gold and glass do not compare with it,

and articles of fine gold cannot be exchanged for it.

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Coral and quartz are not worth mentioning.

The price of wisdom is beyond pearls.

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Topaz from Cush cannot compare with it,

and it cannot be valued in pure gold.

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Where then does wisdom come from,

and where is understanding located?

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It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing

and concealed from the birds of the sky.

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Abaddon and Death say,

“We have heard news of it with our ears.”

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But God understands the way to wisdom,

and he knows its location.

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For he looks to the ends of the earth

and sees everything under the heavens.

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When God fixed the weight of the wind

and distributed the water by measure,

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when he established a limit[fn] for the rain

and a path for the lightning,

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he considered wisdom and evaluated it;

he established it and examined it.

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He said to mankind,

“The fear of the Lord ​— ​that is wisdom.

And to turn from evil is understanding.”

CSB Footnotes
Lit probes all
LXX, Vg read He explores the sources of the streams
LXX reads way
Or decree

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