Bible: Job 28:12-28

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; 1 

it cannot be found in the land of the living.

28:14 The deep 2  says, ‘It is not with 3  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 4  with the gold of Ophir,

with precious onyx 5  or sapphires.

28:17 Neither gold nor crystal 6  can be compared with it,

nor can a vase 7  of gold match its worth.

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

the price 8  of wisdom is more than pearls. 9 

28:19 The topaz of Cush 10  cannot be compared with it;

it cannot be purchased with pure gold.

God Alone Has Wisdom

28:20But wisdom – where does it come from? 11 

Where is the place of understanding?

28:21 For 12  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 13  and Death say,

With our ears we have heard a rumor about where it can be found.’ 14 

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 15  the force of the wind

and measured 16  the waters with a gauge.

28:26 When he imposed a limit 17  for the rain,

and a path for the thunderstorm, 18 

28:27 then he looked at wisdom 19  and assessed its value; 20 

he established 21  it and examined it closely. 22 

28:28 And he said to mankind,

The fear of the Lord 23 that is wisdom,

and to turn away from evil is understanding.’ 24 

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