Job 28
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Gold and Silver Are Mined

1Gold and silver are mined,

then purified;

2the same is done

with iron and copper.

3Miners carry lanterns

deep into the darkness

to search for these metals.

4They dig tunnels

in distant, unknown places,

where they dangle by ropes.

5Far beneath the grain fields,

fires are built

to break loose those rocks

6that have jewels or gold.+

7Miners go to places unseen

by the eyes of hawks;

8they walk on soil unknown

to the proudest lions.

9With their own hands

they remove sharp rocks

and uproot mountains.

10They dig through the rocks

in search of jewels

and precious metals.

11They also uncover

the sources of+ rivers

and discover secret places.

Where Is Wisdom Found?

12 But where is wisdom found?

13 No human knows the way.+

14Nor can it be discovered

in the deepest sea.

* 15It is worth much more

than silver or pure gold

16or precious stones.

17Nothing is its equal—

not gold or costly glass.+

18Wisdom is worth much more than

coral, jasper,+ or rubies.

19All the topaz+ of Ethiopia+

and the finest gold

cannot compare with it.

20Where then is wisdom?

21It is hidden from human eyes

and even from birds.

22Death and destruction

have merely heard rumors

about where it is found.

23 God is the only one who knows

the way to wisdom;

24he alone sees everything

beneath the heavens.

25When God divided out

the wind and the water,

26and when he decided the path

for rain and lightning,

27 he also determined the truth

and defined wisdom.

28 God told us, “Wisdom means

that you respect me, the Lord,

and turn from sin.”


28.6 gold: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verses 5,6.
28.11 uncover the sources of: Two ancient translations; Hebrew “dam up.”
28.13 the way: Or “its worth.”
28.17 costly glass: In the ancient world, objects made of glass were costly.
28.18 jasper: A valuable stone, usually green or clear.
28.19 topaz: A valuable, yellow stone.
28.19 Ethiopia: The Hebrew text has “Cush,” which was a region south of Egypt that included parts of the present countries of Ethiopia and Sudan.

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