Wycliffe Bible

Job 28

There is a knowledge of natural things,

Job 28:1 Siluer hath bigynnyngis of his veynes; and a place is to gold, in which it is wellid togidere. Job 28:2 Irun is takun fro erthe, and a stoon resolued, ethir meltid, bi heete, is turned in to money. Job 28:3 God hath set tyme to derknessis, and he biholdith the ende of alle thingis. Job 28:4 Also a stronde departith a stoon of derknesse, and the schadewe of deth, fro the puple goynge in pilgrymage; it departith tho hillis, whiche the foot of a nedi man foryat, and hillis with out weie. Job 28:5 The erthe, wher of breed cam forth in his place, is destried bi fier. Job 28:6 The place of saphir ben stoonys therof, and the clottis therof ben gold. Job 28:7 A brid knewe not the weie, and the iye of a vultur, ethir rauenouse brid, bihelde it not. Job 28:8 The sones of marchauntis tretiden not on it, and a lyonesse passide not therbi. Job 28:9 God stretchide forth his hond to a flynt; he distriede hillis fro the rootis. Job 28:10 He hewide doun ryuers in stoonys; and his iye siy al precious thing. Job 28:11 And he souyte out the depthis of floodis; and he brouyte forth hid thingis in to liyt.

but wisdom is an excellent gift of God.

Job 28:12 But where is wisdom foundun, and which is the place of vndurstondyng? Job 28:13 A man noot the prijs therof, nether it is foundun in the lond of men lyuynge swetli, ether delicatli. Job 28:14 The depthe of watris seith, It is not in me; and the see spekith, It is not with me. Job 28:15 Gold ful cleene schal not be youun for wisdom, nether siluer schal be weied in the chaungyng therof. Job 28:16 It schal not be comparysound to the died colours of Iynde, not to the moost preciouse stoon of sardius, nether to saphir. Job 28:17 Nether gold, nether glas schal be maad euene worth therto; Job 28:18 and hiye and fer apperynge vessels of gold schulen not be chaungid for wisdom, nether schulen be had in mynde in comparisoun therof. Forsothe wisdom is drawun of pryuy thingis; Job 28:19 topasie of Ethiope schal not be maad euene worth to wisdom, and moost preciouse diyngis schulen not be set togidere in prijs, ether comparisound, therto. Job 28:20 Therfor wherof cometh wisdom, and which is the place of vndurstondyng? Job 28:21 It is hid fro the iyen of alle lyuynge men; also it is hid fro briddis of heuene. Job 28:22 Perdicioun and deeth seiden, With oure eeris we herden the fame therof. Job 28:23 God vndurstondith the weye therof, and he knowith the place therof. Job 28:24 For he biholdith the endis of the world, and biholdith alle thingis that ben vndur heuene. Job 28:25 Which God made weiyte to wyndis, and weiede watris in mesure. Job 28:26 Whanne he settide lawe to reyn, and weie to tempestis sownynge; Job 28:27 thanne he siy wisdom, and telde out, and made redi, and souyte out. Job 28:28 And he seide to man, Lo! the drede of the Lord, thilke is wisdom; and to go awei fro yuel, is vndurstondyng.

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