Bible: Job 28

III. Job’s Search for Wisdom (28:1-28)

No Known Road to Wisdom 1 

28:1Surely 2  there is a mine 3  for silver,

and a place where gold is refined. 4 

28:2 Iron is taken from the ground, 5 

and rock is poured out 6  as copper.

28:3 Man puts an end to the darkness; 7 

he searches the farthest recesses

for the ore in the deepest darkness. 8 

28:4 Far from where people live 9  he sinks a shaft,

in places travelers have long forgotten, 10 

far from other people he dangles and sways. 11 

28:5 The earth, from which food comes,

is overturned below as though by fire; 12 

28:6 a place whose stones are sapphires 13 

and which contains dust of gold; 14 

28:7 a hidden path 15  no bird of prey knows

no falcon’s 16  eye has spotted it.

28:8 Proud beasts 17  have not set foot on it,

and no lion has passed along it.

28:9 On the flinty rock man has set to work 18  with his hand;

he has overturned mountains at their bases. 19 

28:10 He has cut out channels 20  through the rocks;

his eyes have spotted 21  every precious thing.

28:11 He has searched 22  the sources 23  of the rivers

and what was hidden he has brought into the light.

No Price Can Buy Wisdom

28:12But wisdom – where can it be found?

Where is the place of understanding?

28:13 Mankind does not know its place; 24 

it cannot be found in the land of the living.

28:14 The deep 25  says, ‘It is not with 26  me.’

And the sea says, ‘It is not with me.’

28:15 Fine gold cannot be given in exchange for it,

nor can its price be weighed out in silver.

28:16 It cannot be measured out for purchase 27  with the gold of Ophir,

with precious onyx 28  or sapphires.

28:17 Neither gold nor crystal 29  can be compared with it,

nor can a vase 30  of gold match its worth.

28:18 Of coral and jasper no mention will be made;

the price 31  of wisdom is more than pearls. 32 

28:19 The topaz of Cush 33  cannot be compared with it;

it cannot be purchased with pure gold.

God Alone Has Wisdom

28:20But wisdom – where does it come from? 34 

Where is the place of understanding?

28:21 For 35  it has been hidden

from the eyes of every living creature,

and from the birds of the sky it has been concealed.

28:22 Destruction 36  and Death say,

With our ears we have heard a rumor about where it can be found.’ 37 

28:23 God understands the way to it,

and he alone knows its place.

28:24 For he looks to the ends of the earth

and observes everything under the heavens.

28:25 When he made 38  the force of the wind

and measured 39  the waters with a gauge.

28:26 When he imposed a limit 40  for the rain,

and a path for the thunderstorm, 41 

28:27 then he looked at wisdom 42  and assessed its value; 43 

he established 44  it and examined it closely. 45 

28:28 And he said to mankind,

The fear of the Lord 46 that is wisdom,

and to turn away from evil is understanding.’ 47 

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