1769 King James Bible

Job 28

There is a knowledge of natural things,

Job 28:1 Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold [where] they fine [it]. Job 28:2 Iron is taken out of the earth, and brass [is] molten [out of] the stone. Job 28:3 He setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth out all perfection: the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death. Job 28:4 The flood breaketh out from the inhabitant; [even the waters] forgotten of the foot: they are dried up, they are gone away from men. Job 28:5 [As for] the earth, out of it cometh bread: and under it is turned up as it were fire. Job 28:6 The stones of it [are] the place of sapphires: and it hath dust of gold. Job 28:7 [There is] a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture's eye hath not seen: Job 28:8 The lion's whelps have not trodden it, nor the fierce lion passed by it. Job 28:9 He putteth forth his hand upon the rock; he overturneth the mountains by the roots. Job 28:10 He cutteth out rivers among the rocks; and his eye seeth every precious thing. Job 28:11 He bindeth the floods from overflowing; and [the thing that is] hid bringeth he forth to light.

but wisdom is an excellent gift of God.

Job 28:12 But where shall wisdom be found? and where [is] the place of understanding? Job 28:13 Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living. Job 28:14 The depth saith, It [is] not in me: and the sea saith, [It is] not with me. Job 28:15 It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed [for] the price thereof. Job 28:16 It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire. Job 28:17 The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange of it [shall not be for] jewels of fine gold. Job 28:18 No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom [is] above rubies. Job 28:19 The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold. Job 28:20 Whence then cometh wisdom? and where [is] the place of understanding? Job 28:21 Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air. Job 28:22 Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears. Job 28:23 God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof. Job 28:24 For he looketh to the ends of the earth, [and] seeth under the whole heaven; Job 28:25 To make the weight for the winds; and he weigheth the waters by measure. Job 28:26 When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder: Job 28:27 Then did he see it, and declare it; he prepared it, yea, and searched it out. Job 28:28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that [is] wisdom; and to depart from evil [is] understanding.

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