Bishops' Bible

Job 28

There is a knowledge of natural things,

Job 28:1 There is a place wher siluer is brought out of, and where golde is tryed, Job 28:2 Where yron is digged out of the grounde, & stones resolued to metall. Job 28:3 The darkenesse shall once come to an ende: he can seke out the grounde of all thinges, the stones, the darke, and the shadowe of death. Job 28:4 He causeth the fluddes to breake out against the inhabitant, and the waters forgotten of the foote, beyng hygher then man, are gone away. Job 28:5 Out of the same earth commeth bread, and vnder it as it were fire is turned vp. Job 28:6 The stones of it are a place of Saphires, and the dust of it is golde. Job 28:7 There is a way that the birdes knowe not, that no vultures eye hath seene: Job 28:8 Wherin the lions whelpes walke not, and where no lion commeth. Job 28:9 [There] putteth he his hande vpon the stonie rockes, and ouerthroweth the mountaynes by the rootes. Job 28:10 Riuers flowe out of the rockes, & loke what is pleasaunt, his eye seeth it. Job 28:11 He bindeth the fluddes that they do not ouerflow: and the thing that is hid bringeth he to light.

but wisdom is an excellent gift of God.

Job 28:12 Where then is wysdome founde? and where is the place of vnderstanding? Job 28:13 Ueryly no man can tell howe worthy a thing she is, neither is she found in the lande of them that lyue. Job 28:14 The deepe sayth, She is not in me: the sea sayth, She is not with me. Job 28:15 She can not be gotten for golde, neither may the price of her be bought with any siluer. Job 28:16 No wedges of gold of Ophir, no precious Onix stones, no Saphires may be valued with her. Job 28:17 No, neither golde nor christall shall be equall vnto it, nor her exchaunge shalbe for the plate of fine golde. Job 28:18 No mention shalbe made of Corall nor of the Gabis: for wisdome is more precious then pearles. Job 28:19 The Topas of Ethiopia shall not be equall vnto it, neither shall it be valued with the wedge of pure golde. Job 28:20 Whence then commeth wysdome? and where is the place of vnderstanding? Job 28:21 She is hid from the eyes of all men liuing, yea & from the foules of the ayre. Job 28:22 Destruction and death say, We haue hearde the fame therof with our eares. Job 28:23 But God seeth her way, and knoweth her place. Job 28:24 For he beholdeth the endes of the worlde, and loketh vpon all that is vnder heauen. Job 28:25 When he wayed the windes and measured the waters: Job 28:26 When he made a decree for the rayne, and a way for the lightninges of the thunder: Job 28:27 Then dyd he see her, then declared he her, prepared her, and knewe her. Job 28:28 And vnto man he sayd: To feare the Lorde is wysdome, and to forsake euyll is vnderstanding.

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