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Job 28 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Job Continues: Where Is Wisdom?

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:1 - “Surely there is a mine for silver,
and a place for gold that they refine.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:2 - Iron is taken out of the earth,
and copper is smelted from the ore.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:3 - Man puts an end to darkness
and searches out to the farthest limit
the ore in gloom and deep darkness.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:4 - He opens shafts in a valley away from where anyone lives;
they are forgotten by travelers;
they hang in the air, far away from mankind; they swing to and fro.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:5 - As for the earth, out of it comes bread,
but underneath it is turned up as by fire.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:6 - Its stones are the place of sapphires,[fn]
and it has dust of gold.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:7 - “That path no bird of prey knows,
and the falcon’s eye has not seen it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:8 - The proud beasts have not trodden it;
the lion has not passed over it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:9 - “Man puts his hand to the flinty rock
and overturns mountains by the roots.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:10 - He cuts out channels in the rocks,
and his eye sees every precious thing.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:11 - He dams up the streams so that they do not trickle,
and the thing that is hidden he brings out to light.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:12 - “But where shall wisdom be found?
And where is the place of understanding?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:13 - Man does not know its worth,
and it is not found in the land of the living.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:14 - The deep says, ‘It is not in me,’
and the sea says, ‘It is not with me.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:15 - It cannot be bought for gold,
and silver cannot be weighed as its price.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:16 - It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir,
in precious onyx or sapphire.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:17 - Gold and glass cannot equal it,
nor can it be exchanged for jewels of fine gold.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:18 - No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal;
the price of wisdom is above pearls.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:19 - The topaz of Ethiopia cannot equal it,
nor can it be valued in pure gold.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:20 - “From where, then, does wisdom come?
And where is the place of understanding?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:21 - It is hidden from the eyes of all living
and concealed from the birds of the air.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:22 - Abaddon and Death say,
‘We have heard a rumor of it with our ears.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:23 - “God understands the way to it,
and he knows its place.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:24 - For he looks to the ends of the earth
and sees everything under the heavens.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:25 - When he gave to the wind its weight
and apportioned the waters by measure,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:26 - when he made a decree for the rain
and a way for the lightning of the thunder,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:27 - then he saw it and declared it;
he established it, and searched it out.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:28 - And he said to man,
‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom,
and to turn away from evil is understanding.’”
ESV Footnotes
Or lapis lazuli; also verse 16

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version copyright © 2001, 2007, 2011, 2016 by Crossway Books and Bibles, a Publishing Ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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