Job 28:12–28

12 “But awhere can wisdom be found?

And where is the place of understanding?

13 Man does not know its bvalue,

Nor is it found in the land of the living.

14 cThe deep says, ‘It is not in me’;

And the sea says, ‘It is not with me.’

15 It dcannot be purchased for gold,

Nor can silver be weighed for its price.

16 It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir,

In precious onyx or sapphire.

17 Neither egold nor crystal can equal it,

Nor can it be exchanged for 4jewelry of fine gold.

18 No mention shall be made of 5coral or quartz,

For the price of wisdom is above frubies.

19 The topaz of Ethiopia cannot equal it,

Nor can it be valued in pure ggold.

20 “From hwhere then does wisdom come?

And where is the place of understanding?

21 It is hidden from the eyes of all living,

And concealed from the birds of the 6air.

22 iDestruction 7and Death say,

‘We have heard a report about it with our ears.’

23 God understands its way,

And He knows its place.

24 For He looks to the ends of the earth,

And jsees under the whole heavens,

25 kTo establish a weight for the wind,

And apportion the waters by measure.

26 When He lmade a law for the rain,

And a path for the thunderbolt,

27 Then He saw 8wisdom and declared it;

He prepared it, indeed, He searched it out.

28 And to man He said,

‘Behold, mthe fear of the Lord, that is wisdom,

And to depart from evil is understanding.’ ”

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