|Job 28:12-28 |
12 But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?
13 Man does not know the price of it; neither is it found in the land of the living.
14 The depth said, 'It is not in me;' and the sea said, 'It is not with me.'
15 Wisdom cannot be obtained for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for its price.
16 It cannot be compared to the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire.
17 Gold and the crystal cannot equal it; it shall not be exchanged for jewels or fine gold.
18 No mention shall be made of coral or of pearls for the price of wisdom is above rubies.
19 The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold.
20 From where then does wisdom come? And where is the place of understanding?
21 Since it is hidden from the eyes of all living, and concealed from the birds [demons] of the air.
22 Destruction and death say, 'We have heard of its fame with our ears.'
23 God understands the way of it, and he knows the place of it.
24 For he looks to the ends of the earth, and sees under the whole heaven.
25 When he made the force for the winds; and weighed the waters by measure.
26 When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder.
27 Then he saw wisdom, and declared it; he prepared it, yes, and searched it out.
28 And to man he said, 'Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.'"