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Job 28 :: New English Translation (NET)

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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 rock is poured out as copper.

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Man puts an end to the darkness; he searches the farthest recesses for the ore in the deepest darkness.

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Far from where people live he sinks a shaft, in places travelers have long forgotten, far from other people he dangles and sways.

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The earth, from which food comes, is overturned below as though by fire;

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a place whose stones are sapphires and which contains dust of gold;

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a hidden path no bird of prey knows - no falcon's eye has spotted it.

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Proud beasts have not set foot on it, and no lion has passed along it.

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On the flinty rock man has set to work with his hand; he has overturned mountains at their bases.

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He has searched the sources of the rivers and what was hidden he has brought into the light.

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"But wisdom - where can it be found? Where is the place of understanding?

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Mankind does not know its place; it cannot be found in the land of the living.

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The deep says, 'It is not with me.' And the sea says, 'It is not with me.'

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Fine gold cannot be given in exchange for it, nor can its price be weighed out in silver.

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It cannot be measured out for purchase with the gold of Ophir, with precious onyx or sapphires.

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Neither gold nor crystal can be compared with it, nor can a vase of gold match its worth.

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Of coral and jasper no mention will be made; the price of wisdom is more than pearls.

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The topaz of Cush cannot be compared with it; it cannot be purchased with pure gold.

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"But wisdom - where does it come from? Where is the place of understanding?

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For it has been hidden from the eyes of every living creature, and from the birds of the sky it has been concealed.

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Destruction and Death say, 'With our ears we have heard a rumor about where it can be found.'

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God understands the way to it, and he alone knows its place.

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And he said to mankind, 'The fear of the LORD - that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.'"
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