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Job Chapter 28 | Parsha:

1There is a mine for silver,
And a place where gold is refined.

2Iron is taken out of the earth,
And copper smelted from rock.

3He sets bounds for darkness;
To every limit man probes,
To rocks in deepest darkness.

4They open up a shaft far from where men live,
[In places] forgotten by wayfarers,
Destitute of men, far removed.

5Earth, out of which food grows,
Is changed below as if into fire.

6Its rocks are a source of sapphires;
It contains gold dust too.

7No bird of prey knows the path to it;
The falcon’s eye has not gazed upon it.

8The proud beasts have not reached it;
The lion has not crossed it.

9Man sets his hand against the flinty rock
And overturns mountains by the roots.

10He carves out channels through rock;
His eyes behold every precious thing.

11He dams up the sources of the streams
So that hidden things may be brought to light.

12But where can wisdom be found;
Where is the source of understanding?

13No man can set a value on it;
It cannot be found in the land of the living.

14The deep says, “It is not in me”;
The sea says, “I do not have it.”

15It cannot be bartered for gold;
Silver cannot be paid out as its price.

16The finest gold of Ophir cannot be weighed against it,
Nor precious onyx, nor sapphire.

17Gold or glass cannot match its value,
Nor vessels of fine gold be exchanged for it.

18Coral and crystal cannot be mentioned with it;
A pouch of wisdom is better than rubies.

19Topaz from Nubia cannot match its value;
Pure gold cannot be weighed against it.

20But whence does wisdom come?
Where is the source of understanding?

21It is hidden from the eyes of all living,
Concealed from the fowl of heaven.

22Abaddon and Death say,
“We have only a report of it.”

23God understands the way to it;
He knows its source;

24For He sees to the ends of the earth,
Observes all that is beneath the heavens.

25When He fixed the weight of the winds,
Set the measure of the waters;

26When He made a rule for the rain
And a course for the thunderstorms,

27Then He saw it and gauged it;
He measured it and probed it.

28He said to man,
“See! Fear of the Lord is wisdom;
To shun evil is understanding.”

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