Coverdale Bible

Job 28

There is a knowledge of natural things,

Job 28:1 There are places where syluer is molte, & where golde is tryed: Job 28:2 where yron is dygged out of the grounde, & stones resolued to metall. Job 28:3 The darcknes shal once come to an ende, he can seke out the grounde of all thinges: the stones, the darcke, & the horrible shadowe, Job 28:4 wt the ryuer of water parteth he a sunder the straunge people, yt knoweth no good neghbourheade: soch as are rude, vnmanerly & boysteous. Job 28:5 He bryngeth foode out of the earth, & yt which is vnder, consumeth he with fyre. Job 28:6 There is founde a place, whose stones are clene Saphirs, and where ye clottes of the earth are golde. Job 28:7 There is a waye also that the byrdes knowe not, that no vulturs eye hath sene: Job 28:8 wherin ye proude & hye mynded walke not, & where no lyon commeth. Job 28:9 There putteth he his honde vpon the stony rockes, & ouerthroweth the mountaynes. Job 28:10 Ryuers flowe out of the rockes, & loke what is pleasaunt, his eye seyth it. Job 28:11 Out of droppes bryngeth he greate floudes together, & the thinge that is hyd bryngeth he to light.

but wisdom is an excellent gift of God.

Job 28:12 How commeth a man then by wysdome? Where is the place that men fynde vnderstondinge? Job 28:13 Verely no man can tell how worthy a thinge she is, nether is she foude in the lode of the lyuynge. Job 28:14 The depe sayeth: she is not in me. The see sayeth: she is not with me. Job 28:15 She can not be gotten for the most fyne golde, nether maye the pryce of her be bought with eny moneye. Job 28:16 No wedges of golde of Ophir, no precious Onix stones, no Saphirs maye be compared vnto her. Job 28:17 No, nether golde ner Christall, nether swete odours ner golden plate. Job 28:18 There is nothinge so worthy, or so excellet, as once to be named vnto her: for parfecte wysdome goeth farre beyonde the all. Job 28:19 The Topas that cometh out of Inde, maye in no wyse be lickened vnto her: yee no maner of apparell how pleasaunt and fayre so euer it be. Job 28:20 From whece then commeth wysdome? & where is the place of vnderstondinge? Job 28:21 She is hyd from the eyes of all men, yee & fro the foules of the ayre. Job 28:22 Destruccion & death saie: we haue herde tell of her wt oure eares. Job 28:23 But God seyth hir waie, & knoweth hir place. Job 28:24 For he beholdeth the endes of the worlde, and loketh vpon all that is vnder the heaue. Job 28:25 When he weyed the wyndes, & measured ye waters: Job 28:26 when he set the rayne in ordre, and gaue the mightie floudes a lawe: Job 28:27 Then dyd he se her, the declared he her, prepared her and knewe her. Job 28:28 And vnto man he sayde: Beholde, to feare the LORDE, is wysdome: & to forsake euell, is vnderstondinge.

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