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Job’s Discourse on Wisdom

28 “Surely there is a mine for silver,

And a place where gold is refined.

2 Iron is taken from the 1earth,

And copper is smelted from ore.

3 Man puts an end to darkness,

And searches every recess

For ore in the darkness and the shadow of death.

4 He breaks open a shaft away from people;

In places forgotten by feet

They hang far away from men;

They swing to and fro.

5 As for the earth, from it comes bread,

But underneath it is turned up as by fire;

6 Its stones are the source of sapphires,

And it contains gold dust.

7 That path no bird knows,

Nor has the falcon’s eye seen it.

8 The 2proud lions have not trodden it,

Nor has the fierce lion passed over it.

9 He puts his hand on the flint;

He overturns the mountains 3at the roots.

10 He cuts out channels in the rocks,

And his eye sees every precious thing.

11 He dams up the streams from trickling;

What is hidden he brings forth to light.

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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The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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