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Job 28 Jubilee Bible 2000 (JUB)

28 ¶ Surely there is a mine for the silver, and a place for gold where they refine it.

Iron is taken out of the dust, and bronze is melted out of the stone.

He set a border unto the darkness, and unto every perfect work that he made, he placed a stone of darkness and shadow of death.

The river breaks forth next to the inhabitant; even the waters forgotten of the foot, that were higher than man, are gone away.

Land out of which bread comes forth, and underneath it shall be as if it were converted in fire.

A place where its stones shall be sapphires; and it shall have dust of gold.

A path which no fowl knows and which the vulture’s eye has never seen;

the young of the proud have not trodden it, nor has the fierce lion passed by it.

He put his hand upon the flint and overturned the mountains from the root.

10 He cut rivers out of the rocks; and his eye saw every precious thing.

11 He detained the rivers in their source and caused that which was hid to be brought to light.

12 But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?

13 Man never knew its price; 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, neither shall silver be weighed for its price.

16 It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx or the sapphire.

17 Gold cannot equal it, nor can diamond; neither shall it be exchanged for vessels of fine gold.

18 No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls; for wisdom is better than precious stones.

19 The emerald of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold.

20 ¶ Where then does wisdom come from? And where is the place of understanding?

21 Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living and kept concealed from every fowl of the heaven.

22 Hell and death say, We have heard its fame with our ears.

23 God understands its way, and he alone knows its place.

24 For he looks unto the ends of the earth and sees under the whole heaven,

25 To make a weight for the wind and to supply water by measure,

26 when he made a law for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunders.

27 Then he saw it and counted it; he prepared it and also searched it out.

28 And unto man he said, Behold, that the fear of the Lord, is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

Jubilee Bible 2000 (JUB)

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Job 28 New International Version (NIV)

Interlude: Where Wisdom Is Found

28 There is a mine for silver
    and a place where gold is refined.
Iron is taken from the earth,
    and copper is smelted from ore.
Mortals put an end to the darkness;
    they search out the farthest recesses
    for ore in the blackest darkness.
Far from human dwellings they cut a shaft,
    in places untouched by human feet;
    far from other people they dangle and sway.
The earth, from which food comes,
    is transformed below as by fire;
lapis lazuli comes from its rocks,
    and its dust contains nuggets of gold.
No bird of prey knows that hidden path,
    no falcon’s eye has seen it.
Proud beasts do not set foot on it,
    and no lion prowls there.
People assault the flinty rock with their hands
    and lay bare the roots of the mountains.
10 They tunnel through the rock;
    their eyes see all its treasures.
11 They search[a] the sources of the rivers
    and bring hidden things to light.

12 But where can wisdom be found?
    Where does understanding dwell?
13 No mortal comprehends its worth;
    it cannot be found in the land of the living.
14 The deep says, “It is not in me”;
    the sea says, “It is not with me.”
15 It cannot be bought with the finest gold,
    nor can its price be weighed out in silver.
16 It cannot be bought with the gold of Ophir,
    with precious onyx or lapis lazuli.
17 Neither gold nor crystal can compare with it,
    nor can it be had for jewels of gold.
18 Coral and jasper are not worthy of mention;
    the price of wisdom is beyond rubies.
19 The topaz of Cush cannot compare with it;
    it cannot be bought with pure gold.

20 Where then does wisdom come from?
    Where does understanding dwell?
21 It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing,
    concealed even from the birds in the sky.
22 Destruction[b] and Death say,
    “Only a rumor of it has reached our ears.”
23 God understands the way to it
    and he alone knows where it dwells,
24 for he views the ends of the earth
    and sees everything under the heavens.
25 When he established the force of the wind
    and measured out the waters,
26 when he made a decree for the rain
    and a path for the thunderstorm,
27 then he looked at wisdom and appraised it;
    he confirmed it and tested it.
28 And he said to the human race,
    “The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom,
    and to shun evil is understanding.”


  1. Job 28:11 Septuagint, Aquila and Vulgate; Hebrew They dam up
  2. Job 28:22 Hebrew Abaddon
New International Version (NIV)

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