Job Chapter 28 to 29 : American Standard Version
1Surely there is a mine for silver, And a place for gold which they refine. 2Iron is taken out of the earth, And copper is molten out of the stone. 3Man setteth an end to darkness, And searcheth out, to the furthest bound, The stones of obscurity and of thick darkness. 4He breaketh open a shaft away from where men sojourn; They are forgotten of the foot; They hang afar from men, they swing to and fro. 5As for the earth, out of it cometh bread; And underneath it is turned up as it were by fire. 6The stones thereof are the place of sapphires, And it hath dust of gold. 7That path no bird of prey knoweth, Neither hath the falcon's eye seen it: 8The proud beasts have not trodden it, Nor hath the fierce lion passed thereby. 9He putteth forth his hand upon the flinty rock; He overturneth the mountains by the roots. 10He cutteth out channels among the rocks; And his eye seeth every precious thing. 11He bindeth the streams that they trickle not; And the thing that is hid bringeth he forth to light. 12But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding? 13Man knoweth not the price thereof; Neither is it found in the land of the living. 14The deep saith, It is not in me; And the sea saith, It is not with me. 15It cannot be gotten for gold, Neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof. 16It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, With the precious onyx, or the sapphire. 17Gold and glass cannot equal it, Neither shall it be exchanged for jewels of fine gold. 18No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal: Yea, the price of wisdom is above rubies. 19The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, Neither shall it be valued with pure gold. 20Whence then cometh wisdom? And where is the place of understanding? 21Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, And kept close from the birds of the heavens. 22Destruction and Death say, We have heard a rumor thereof with our ears. 23God understandeth the way thereof, And he knoweth the place thereof. 24For he looketh to the ends of the earth, And seeth under the whole heaven; 25To make a weight for the wind: Yea, he meteth out the waters by measure. 26When he made a decree for the rain, And a way for the lightning of the thunder; 27Then did he see it, and declare it; He established it, yea, and searched it out. 28And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; And to depart from evil is understanding.
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1And Job again took up his parable, and said, 2Oh that I were as in the months of old, As in the days when God watched over me; 3When his lamp shined upon my head, And by his light I walked through darkness; 4As I was in the ripeness of my days, When the friendship of God was upon my tent; 5When the Almighty was yet with me, And my children were about me; 6When my steps were washed with butter, And the rock poured me out streams of oil! 7When I went forth to the gate unto the city, When I prepared my seat in the street, 8The young men saw me and hid themselves, And the aged rose up and stood; 9The princes refrained from talking, And laid their hand on their mouth; 10The voice of the nobles was hushed, And their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth. 11For when the ear heard me, then it blessed me; And when the eye saw me, it gave witness unto me: 12Because I delivered the poor that cried, The fatherless also, that had none to help him. 13The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me; And I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy. 14I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: My justice was as a robe and a diadem. 15I was eyes to the blind, And feet was I to the lame. 16I was a father to the needy: And the cause of him that I knew not I searched out. 17And I brake the jaws of the unrighteous, And plucked the prey out of his teeth. 18Then I said, I shall die in my nest, And I shall multiply my days as the sand: 19My root is spread out to the waters, And the dew lieth all night upon my branch; 20My glory is fresh in me, And my bow is renewed in my hand. 21Unto me men gave ear, and waited, And kept silence for my counsel. 22After my words they spake not again; And my speech distilled upon them. 23And they waited for me as for the rain; And they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain. 24I smiled on them, when they had no confidence; And the light of my countenance they cast not down. 25I chose out their way, and sat as chief, And dwelt as a king in the army, As one that comforteth the mourners.