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Job 28 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:1 - "Surely there is a mine for silver, and a place for gold which 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 - Men put an end to darkness, and search out to the farthest bound the ore in gloom and deep darkness.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:4 - They open shafts in a valley away from where men live; they are forgotten by travelers, they hang afar from men, 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, 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 binds up the streams so that they do not trickle, and the thing that is hid he brings forth to light.

The Search for Wisdom Is Harder

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 the way to it, 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 gotten 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 compare with it, nor can it be valued in pure gold.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:20 - "Whence then comes wisdom? And where is the place of understanding?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 28:21 - It is hid 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 meted out 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 depart from evil is understanding.'"

Downloaded from the Oxford Text Archive and used with permission. The following header is required to be posted:

Source: Transcribed from: The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version containing the Old and New Testaments, translated from the original tongues: being the version set forth A.D. 1611, revised A.D. 1881-1885 and A.D. 1901: compared with the most ancient authorities and revised A.D. 1946-52. — 2nd ed. of New Testament A.D. 1971. There should be enough in the rest of the description to identify the text.

Language: English

Availability: Freely available for non-commercial use provided that this header is included in its entirety with any copy distributed.


Pericope taken from the NASB95 and has been graciously provided by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif. All rights reserved.

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