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Job 28

There is a knowledge of natural things,

Job 28:1 Surely there is a mine for silver, And a place for gold which they refine. Job 28:2 Iron is taken out of the earth, And copper is molten out of the stone. Job 28:3 [Man] setteth an end to darkness, And searcheth out, to the furthest bound, The stones of obscurity and of thick darkness. Job 28:4 He breaketh open a shaft away from where men sojourn; They are forgotten of the foot; They hang afar from men, they swing to and fro. Job 28:5 As for the earth, out of it cometh bread; And underneath it is turned up as it were by fire. Job 28:6 The stones thereof are the place of sapphires, And it hath dust of gold. Job 28:7 That path no bird of prey knoweth, Neither hath the falcon's eye seen it: Job 28:8 The proud beasts have not trodden it, Nor hath the fierce lion passed thereby. Job 28:9 He putteth forth his hand upon the flinty rock; He overturneth the mountains by the roots. Job 28:10 He cutteth out channels among the rocks; And his eye seeth every precious thing. Job 28:11 He bindeth the streams that they trickle not; 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 deep 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 Gold and glass cannot equal it, Neither shall it be exchanged for jewels of fine gold. Job 28:18 No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal: Yea, 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 birds of the heavens. Job 28:22 Destruction and Death say, We have heard a rumor 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 a weight for the wind: Yea, he meteth out 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 established 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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