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   The Book of Job.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
XXVIII
 
 
[1]    SURELY 1 there is a mine for silver,
And a place for gold which they refine.
[2]  Iron is taken out of the earth, 2
And copper is molten out of the stone.
[3]  Man setteth an end to darkness,
And searcheth out, to the furthest bound,
The stones of obscurity and of thick darkness.
[4]  He 3 breaketh open a shaft away from where men sojourn;
They are forgotten of the foot;
They hang afar from men, they swing 4 to and fro.
[5]  As for the earth, out of it cometh bread;
And underneath it is turned up as it were by fire.
[6]  The stones thereof are the place of sapphires,
And 5 it hath dust of gold.
[7]  That path no bird of prey knoweth,
Neither hath the falcon’s eye seen it:
[8]  The proud 6 beasts have not trodden it,
Nor hath the fierce lion passed thereby.
[9]  He putteth forth his hand upon the flinty rock;
He overturneth the mountains by the roots.
[10]  He cutteth out channels 7 among the rocks;
And his eye seeth every precious thing.
[11]  He bindeth the streams that 8 they trickle not;
And the thing that is hid bringeth he forth to light.
[12]    But where shall wisdom be found?
And where is the place of understanding?
[13]  Man knoweth not the price thereof;
Neither is it found in the land of the living.
[14]  The deep saith, It is not in me;
And the sea saith, It is not with me.
[15]  It cannot be gotten for gold, 9
Neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof.
[16]  It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir,
With the precious onyx, 10 or the sapphire.
[17]  Gold and glass cannot equal it,
Neither shall it be exchanged for jewels 11 of fine gold.
[18]  No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal:
Yea, the price of wisdom is above rubies. 12
[19]  The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it,
Neither shall it be valued with pure gold.
[20]  Whence then cometh wisdom?
And where is the place of understanding?
[21]  Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living,
And kept close from the birds of the heavens.
[22]  Destruction 13 and Death say
We have heard a rumor thereof with our ears.
 
[23]  God understandeth the way thereof.
And he knoweth the place thereof.
[24]  For he looketh to the ends of the earth
And seeth under the whole heaven;
[25]  To 14 make a weight for the wind;
Yea, he meteth out the waters by measure.
[26]  When he made a decree for the rain,
And a way for the lightning of the thunder;
[27]  Then did he see it, and declare 15 it;
He established it, yea, and searched it out.
[28]  And unto man he said,
Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom;
And to depart from evil is understanding.
 
Note 1. Or, For. [back]
Note 2. Or, dust. [back]
Note 3. Or, The flood breaketh out from where men sojourn; Even the waters forgotten of the foot: They are diminished, they are gone away from man. [back]
Note 4. Or, flit. [back]
Note 5. Or, And he winneth lumps of gold. [back]
Note 6. Heb. sons of pride. [back]
Note 7. Or, passages. [back]
Note 8. Heb. from weeping. [back]
Note 9. Or, treasure. [back]
Note 10. Or, beryl. [back]
Note 11. Or, vessels. [back]
Note 12. Or, red coral.Or, pearls. [back]
Note 13. Heb. Abaddon. [back]
Note 14. Or, When he maketh. [back]
Note 15. Or, recount. [back]
 

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