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Job 28 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Job’s Discourse on Wisdom
Wisdom Is God’s Gift
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:1 - “Surely there is a mine for silver,
And a place where gold is refined.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:2 - Iron is taken from the earth,
And copper is smelted from ore.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:3 - Man puts an end to darkness,
And searches every recess
For ore in the darkness and the shadow of death.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:4 - He breaks open a shaft away from people;
In places forgotten by feet
They hang far away from men;
They swing to and fro.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:5 - As for the earth, from it comes bread,
But underneath it is turned up as by fire;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:6 - Its stones are the source of sapphires,
And it contains gold dust.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:7 - That path no bird knows,
Nor has the falcon’s eye seen it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:8 - The proud lions[fn] have not trodden it,
Nor has the fierce lion passed over it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:9 - He puts his hand on the flint;
He overturns the mountains at 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 from trickling;
What is hidden he brings forth to light.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:12 - “But where can wisdom be found?
And where is the place of understanding?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:13 - Man does not know its value,
Nor is it 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 purchased for gold,
Nor can silver be weighed for 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 - Neither gold nor crystal can equal it,
Nor can it be exchanged for jewelry of fine gold.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:18 - No mention shall be made of coral or quartz,
For the price of wisdom is above rubies.
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 - Destruction and Death say,
‘We have heard a report about it with our ears.’
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,
And sees under the whole heavens,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:25 - To establish a weight for the wind,
And apportion the waters by measure.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:26 - When He made a law for the rain,
And a path for the thunderbolt,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:27 - Then He saw wisdom[fn] and declared it;
He prepared it, indeed, He searched it out.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:28 - And to man He said,
‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom,
And to depart from evil is understanding.’ ”
NKJV Footnotes
Literally sons of pride, figurative of the great lions
Literally it

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