28 Job Tells of Earth's Treasures
1 "Surely there is a mine for silver
And a place where they refine gold.
2 "Iron is taken from the dust,
And copper is smelted from rock.
3 "Man puts an end to darkness,
And to the farthest limit he searches out
The rock in gloom and deep shadow.
4 "He sinks a shaft far from habitation,
Forgotten by the foot;
They hang and swing to and fro far
5 "The earth, from it comes food,
And underneath it is turned up as fire.
6 "Its rocks are the source of sapphires,
And its dust contains gold.
7 "The path no bird of prey knows,
Nor has the falcon's eye caught sight of it.
8 "The proud beasts have not trodden it,
Nor has the fierce lion passed over it.
9 "He puts his hand on the flint;
He overturns the mountains at the base.
10 "He hews out channels through the rocks,
And his eye sees anything precious.
11 "He dams up the streams from flowing,
And what is hidden he brings out to the light.
The Search for Wisdom Is Harder
12 "But where can wisdom be found?
And where is the place of understanding?
13 "Man does not know its value,
Nor is it found in the land of the living.
14 "The deep says, `It is not in me';
And the sea says, `It is not with me.'
15 "Pure gold cannot be given in exchange
Nor can silver be weighed as its price.
16 "It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir,
In precious onyx, or sapphire.
17 "Gold or glass cannot equal it,
Nor can it be exchanged for articles of
18 "Coral and crystal are not to be mentioned;
And the acquisition of wisdom is above that
19 "The topaz of Ethiopia cannot equal it,
Nor can it be valued in pure gold.
20 "Where then does wisdom come from?
And where is the place of understanding?
21 "Thus it is hidden from the eyes of all living
And concealed from the birds of the sky.
22 "Abaddon and Death say,
`With our ears we have heard a report of it.'
23 "God understands its way,
And He knows its place.
24 "For He looks to the ends of the earth
And sees everything under the heavens.
25 "When He imparted weight to the wind
And meted out the waters by measure,
26 When He set a limit for the rain
And a course for the thunderbolt,
27 Then He saw it and declared it;
He established it and also 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.'"
29 Job's Past Was Glorious
1 And Job again took up his discourse
2 "Oh that I were as in months gone by,
As in the days when God watched over me;
3 When His lamp shone over my head,
And by His light I walked through darkness;
4 As I was in the prime of my days,
When the friendship of God was over my tent;
5 When the Almighty was yet with me,
And my children were around me;
6 When my steps were bathed in butter,
And the rock poured out for me streams of oil!
7 "When I went out to the gate of the city,
When I took my seat in the square,
8 The young men saw me and hid themselves,
And the old men arose and stood.
9 "The princes stopped talking
And put their hands on their mouths;
10 The voice of the nobles was hushed,
And their tongue stuck to their palate.
11 "For when the ear heard, it called me blessed,
And when the eye saw, it gave witness of me,
12 Because I delivered the poor who cried
And the orphan who had no helper.
13 "The blessing of the one ready to perish
came upon me,
And I made the widow's heart sing for joy.
14 "I put on righteousness, and it clothed me;
My justice was like a robe and a turban.
15 "I was eyes to the blind
And feet to the lame.
16 "I was a father to the needy,
And I investigated the case which I did not know.
17 "I broke the jaws of the wicked
And snatched the prey from his teeth.
18 "Then I thought, `I shall die in my nest,
And I shall multiply my days as the sand.
19 `My root is spread out to the waters,
And dew lies all night on my branch.
20 `My glory is ever new with me,
And my bow is renewed in my hand.'
21 "To me they listened and waited,
And kept silent for my counsel.
22 "After my words they did not speak again,
And my speech dropped on them.
23 "They waited for me as for the rain,
And opened their mouth as for the spring
24 "I smiled on them when they did not
And the light of my face they did not
25 "I chose a way for them and sat as chief,
And dwelt as a king among the troops,
As one who comforted the mourners.