28:1 Truly there is a mine for silver, and a place where gold is washed out.
28:2 Iron is taken out of the earth, and stone is changed into brass by the fire.
28:3 Man puts an end to the dark, searching out to the farthest limit the stones of the deep places of the dark.
28:4 He makes a deep mine far away from those living in the light of day; when they go about on the earth, they have no knowledge of those who are under them, who are hanging far from men, twisting from side to side on a cord.
28:5 As for the earth, bread comes out of it; but under its face it is turned up as if by fire.
28:6 Its stones are the place of sapphires, and it has dust of gold.
28:7 No bird has knowledge of it, and the hawk's eye has never seen it.
28:8 The great beasts have not gone over it, and the cruel lion has not taken that way.
28:9 Man puts out his hand on the hard rock, overturning mountains by the roots.
28:10 He makes deep ways, cut through the rock, and his eye sees everything of value.
28:11 He keeps back the streams from flowing, and makes the secret things come out into the light.
28:12 But where may wisdom be seen? and where is the resting-place of knowledge?
28:13 Man has not seen the way to it, and it is not in the land of the living.
28:14 The deep waters say, It is not in me: and the sea says, It is not with me.
28:15 Gold may not be given for it, or a weight of silver in payment for it.
28:16 It may not be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the onyx of great price, or the sapphire.
28:17 Gold and glass are not equal to it in price, and it may not be exchanged for jewels of the best gold.
28:18 There is no need to say anything about coral or crystal; and the value of wisdom is greater than that of pearls.
28:19 The topaz of Ethiopia is not equal to it, and it may not be valued with the best gold.
28:20 From where then does wisdom come, and where is the resting-place of knowledge?
28:21 For it is kept secret from the eyes of all living, unseen by the birds of the air.
28:22 Destruction and Death say, We have only had word of it with our ears.
28:23 God has knowledge of the way to it, and of its resting-place;
28:24 For his eyes go to the ends of the earth, and he sees everything under heaven.
28:25 When he made a weight for the wind, measuring out the waters;
28:26 When he made a law for the rain, and a way for the thunder-flames;
28:27 Then he saw it, and put it on record; he gave it its fixed form, searching it out completely.
28:28 And he said to man, Truly the fear of the Lord is wisdom, and to keep from evil is the way to knowledge.