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Job 28 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Job Tells of Earth’s Treasures

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:1 - “Certainly there is a [fn]mine for silver
And a place [fn]for refining gold.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:2 - “Iron is taken from the dust,
And copper is smelted from rock.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:3 - Man puts an end to darkness,
And to the farthest limit he searches out
The rock in gloom and deep shadow.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:4 - “He [fn]sinks a shaft away from [fn]inhabited areas,
Forgotten by the foot;
They hang and swing, away from people.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:5 - [fn]From the earth comes food,
And underneath, it is turned over like fire.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:6 - “Its rocks are the [fn]source of sapphires,
And its dust contains gold.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:7 - “No bird of prey knows the path,
Nor has the falcon’s eye caught sight of it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:8 - “The [fn]proud animals have not trodden it,
Nor has the lion passed over it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:9 - “He puts his hand on the flint;
He overturns the mountains at the [fn]base.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:10 - “He carves out channels through the rocks,
And his eye sees anything precious.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:11 - “He dams up the streams from [fn]flowing,
And brings to light what is hidden.

The Search for Wisdom Is Harder

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:12 - “But where can wisdom be found?
And where is the place of understanding?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:13 - “Mankind does not know its value,
Nor is it found in the land of the living.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:14 - “The ocean depth says, ‘It is not in me’;
And the sea says, ‘It is not with me.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:15 - “Pure gold cannot be given in exchange for it,
Nor can silver 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 or glass cannot equal it,
Nor can it be exchanged for articles of pure gold.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:18 - “Coral and crystal are not to be mentioned;
And the acquisition of wisdom is more valuable than pearls.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:19 - “The topaz of [fn]Cush cannot equal it,
Nor can it be valued in pure gold.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:20 - “Where then does wisdom come from?
And where is this place of understanding?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:21 - “It is hidden from the eyes of every living creature,
And concealed from the birds of the sky.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:22 - [fn]Abaddon and Death say,
‘With our ears we have heard a report of it.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:23 - “God understands its way,
And He knows its place.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:24 - “For He looks to the ends of the earth;
He sees everything under the heavens.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:25 - “When He imparted weight to the wind,
And assessed the waters by measure,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:26 - When He made a limit for the rain,
And a course for the thunderbolt,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:27 - Then He saw it and declared it;
He established it and also searched it out.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:28 - “And to mankind He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom;
And to turn away from evil is understanding.’”
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit source
Lit for gold they refine
Lit breaks open
Lit sojourning
Lit Earth, from it
Or place
Lit sons of pride
Lit root
Lit weeping
Or Ethiopia
I.e., Destruction

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