There is a knowledge of natural things,
Job 28:1 There is a place where siluer is brought out of, and where golde is tried Job 28:2 where yron is dygged out of the ground, and stones resolued to metall. Job 28:3 The darckenes shall once come to an ende, he can seke out the grounde of all thinges: the stones, the darcke, and the shadow of death. Job 28:4 With the ryuer of water parteth he asunder the straunge people, þt knowe no good neyghbour head: soch as are rude, vnmanerly and boyustours. Job 28:5 He bringeth foode out of the erth, and that which is vnder, consumeth he with fyre. Job 28:6 There is founde a place, whose stones are cleane Saphirs, and where the 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 the lions whelpes walke not, and where no lion commeth. Job 28:9 There putteth he his hande vpon the stony rockes, and ouerthroweth the mountaines. Job 28:10 Riuers flowe out of the rockes, and loke what is pleasaunt, his eye seyth it. Job 28:11 Out of droppes bringeth he greate floudes together, and the thinge that is hyd bringeth 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 vnderstanding? Job 28:13 Uerely no man can tell how worthy a thinge she is, nether she is founde in the lande of them that lyue. Job 28:14 The depe saieth: she is not with me. The see saieth: she is not with me Job 28:15 She can not be gottten for golde, nether maye the pryce of her be bought with eny syluer. Job 28:16 No wedges of golde of Ophir, no precions 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 excellent, as once to be named vnto her: for perfecte wysdome goeth farre beyonde them all, Job 28:19 The Topas that commeth out of Inde, maye in no wyse be likened vnto her: yee, no maner of apparell howe pleasaunt and fayre soeuer it be. Job 28:20 From whence then commeth wisdome? and where is the place of vnderstandinge? Job 28:21 She is hid from the eyes of all men liuinge, yee, and from the foules of the ayre. Job 28:22 Destruccion and death saye: we haue herde tell of her with oure eares. Job 28:23 But God seeth her waye, and knoweth her place. Job 28:24 For he beholdeth the endes of the world, and loketh vpon all that is vnder heauen. Job 28:25 When he weyed the wyndes, and measured the waters: Job 28:26 when he set the rayne in ordre, and gaue the myghtye floudes a lawe: Job 28:27 Then dyd he se her, then declared he her, prepared her and knewe her. Job 28:28 And vnto man he sayde: Beholde, to feare the Lorde, is wysdome: and to for sake euell. is vnderstandinge.