Job sheweth that although man may by his industry search deep into nature, yet is the wisdom and understanding of God's ways beyond his reach, being comprehended by God only. Man's wisdom is to fear God and to depart from evil.
1 Surely there is aa vein for the silver, and a place for gold where 1they fine it.
2 Iron is taken out of the aearth, and brass is molten out of the stone.
3 He setteth an end to darkness, and 1searcheth out all perfection: the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death.
4 The flood breaketh out from the inhabitant; even the waters 1forgotten of the foot: they are dried up, they are gone away from men.
5 as for the earth, 1out of it cometh bread: and under it is turned up as it were 2fire.
6 The stones of it are the place of 1sapphires: and it hath dust of agold.
7 1There is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture's eye hath not seen:
8 The lion's whelps have not trodden it, nor the fierce lion passed by it.
9 He putteth forth his hand upon the arock; he overturneth the mountains by the roots.
10 He 1cutteth out rivers among the rocks; and his eye seeth every precious thing.
11 He bindeth the floods afrom overflowing; and the thing that is hid bringeth he forth to light.
12 But where shall 1wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding?
13 Man 1knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it 2found in the land of the living.
14 The 1depth saith, It is not in me: and the sea saith, It is not with me.
15 aIt 1cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof.
16 It cannot be valued with 1the gold of 2Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire.
17 The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange of it shall not be for ajewels of fine gold.
18 No mention shall be made of acoral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above 1rubies.
19 The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold.
20 1Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding?
21 Seeing 1it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the aair.
22 1Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears.
23 1God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof.
24 For 1he looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole heaven;
25 To 1make the weight for the winds; and he weigheth the waters by measure.
26 When 1he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder:
27 Then did he see it, and adeclare it; he prepared it, yea, and searched it out.
28 And 1unto man he said, Behold, 2the fear of the Lord, 3that is wisdom; and to 4depart from evil is understanding.