Douay-Rheims Bible

Job 28

There is a knowledge of natural things,

Job 28:1 Silver hath beginnings of its veins, and gold hath a place wherein it is melted. Job 28:2 Iron is taken out of the earth, and stone melted with heat is turned into brass. Job 28:3 He hath set a time for darkness, and the end of all things he considereth, the stone also that is in the dark and the shadow of death. Job 28:4 The flood divideth from the people that are on their journey, those whom the food of the needy man hath forgotten, and who cannot be come at. Job 28:5 The land, out of which bread grew in its place, hath been overturned with fire. Job 28:6 The stones of it are the place of sapphires, and the clods of it are gold. Job 28:7 The bird hath not known the path, neither hath the eye of the vulture beheld it. Job 28:8 The children of the merchants have not trodden it, neither hath the lioness passed by it. Job 28:9 He hath stretched forth his hand to the flint, he hath overturned mountains from the roots. Job 28:10 In the rocks he hath cut out rivers, and his eye hath seen every precious thing. Job 28:11 The depths also of rivers he hath searched, and hidden things he hath brought forth to light.

but wisdom is an excellent gift of God.

Job 28:12 But where is wisdom to be found, and where is the place of understanding? Job 28:13 Man knoweth not the price thereof, neither is it found in the land of them that live in delights. Job 28:14 The depth saith: It is not in me: and the sea saith: It is not with me. Job 28:15 The finest gold shall not purchase it, neither shall silver be weighed in exchange for it. Job 28:16 It shall not be compared with the dyed colours of India, or with the most precious stone sardonyx, or the sapphire. Job 28:17 Gold or crystal cannot equal it, neither shall any vessels of gold be changed for it. Job 28:18 High and eminent things shall not be mentioned in comparison of it: but wisdom is drawn out of secret places. Job 28:19 The topaz of Ethiopia shall not be equal to it, neither shall it be compared to the cleanest dyeing. Job 28:20 Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding? Job 28:21 It is hid from the eyes of all living, and the fowls of the air know it not. Job 28:22 Destruction and death have said: With our ears we have heard the fame thereof. Job 28:23 God understandeth the way of it, and he knoweth the place thereof. Job 28:24 For he beholdeth the ends of the world: and looketh on all things that are under heaven. Job 28:25 Who made a weight for the winds, and weighed the waters by measure. Job 28:26 When he gave a law for the rain, and a way for the sounding storms. Job 28:27 Then he saw it, and declared, and prepared, and searched it. Job 28:28 And he said to man: Behold the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom: and to depart from evil, is understanding.

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