Job

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Copyright 1901 by Thomas Nelson & Sons
Copyright 1929 by the International Council of Religious Education

Chapter 15

[1]Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said, [2]Should a wise man make answer with vain knowledge, And fill himself with the east wind? [3]Should he reason with unprofitable talk, Or with speeches wherewith he can do no good? [4]Yea, thou doest away with fear, And hinderest devotion before God. [5]For thine iniquity teacheth thy mouth, And thou choosest the tongue of the crafty. [6]Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I; Yea, thine own lips testify against thee.

[7]Art thou the first man that was born? Or wast thou brought forth before the hills? [8]Hast thou heard the secret counsel of God? And dost thou limit wisdom to thyself? [9]What knowest thou, that we know not? What understandest thou, which is not in us? [10]With us are both the gray-headed and the very aged men, Much elder than thy father. [11]Are the consolations of God too small for thee, Even the word that is gentle toward thee? [12]Why doth thy heart carry thee away? And why do thine eyes flash, [13]That against God thou turnest thy spirit, And lettest words go out of thy mouth? [14]What is man, that he should be clean? And he that is born of a woman, that he should be righteous? [15]Behold, he putteth no trust in his holy ones; Yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight: [16]How much less one that is abominable and corrupt, A man that drinketh iniquity like water!

[17]I will show thee, hear thou me; And that which I have seen I will declare: [18](Which wise men have told From their fathers, and have not hid it; [19]Unto whom alone the land was given, And no stranger passed among them): [20]The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, Even the number of years that are laid up for the oppressor. [21]A sound of terrors is in his ears; In prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him. [22]He believeth not that he shall return out of darkness, And he is waited for of the sword. [23]He wandereth abroad for bread, [saying], Where is it? He knoweth that the day of darkness is ready at his hand. [24]Distress and anguish make him afraid; They prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle. [25]Because he hath stretched out his hand against God, And behaveth himself proudly against the Almighty; [26]He runneth upon him with a [stiff] neck, With the thick bosses of his bucklers; [27]Because he hath covered his face with his fatness, And gathered fat upon his loins; [28]And he hath dwelt in desolate cities, In houses which no man inhabited, Which were ready to become heaps; [29]He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, Neither shall their possessions be extended on the earth. [30]He shall not depart out of darkness; The flame shall dry up his branches, And by the breath of [God's] mouth shall he go away. [31]Let him not trust in vanity, deceiving himself; For vanity shall be his recompense. [32]It shall be accomplished before his time, And his branch shall not be green. [33]He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, And shall cast off his flower as the olive-tree. [34]For the company of the godless shall be barren, And fire shall consume the tents of bribery. [35]They conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity, And their heart prepareth deceit.

Chapter 16

[1]Then Job answered and said, [2]I have heard many such things: Miserable comforters are ye all. [3]Shall vain words have an end? Or what provoketh thee that thou answerest? [4]I also could speak as ye do; If your soul were in my soul's stead, I could join words together against you, And shake my head at you. [5][But] I would strengthen you with my mouth, And the solace of my lips would assuage [your grief].

[6]Though I speak, my grief is not assuaged; And though I forbear, what am I eased? [7]But now he hath made me weary: Thou hast made desolate all my company. [8]And thou hast laid fast hold on me, [which] is a witness [against me]: And my leanness riseth up against me, It testifieth to my face. [9]He hath torn me in his wrath, and persecuted me; He hath gnashed upon me with his teeth: Mine adversary sharpeneth his eyes upon me. [10]They have gaped upon me with their mouth; They have smitten me upon the cheek reproachfully: They gather themselves together against me. [11]God delivereth me to the ungodly, And casteth me into the hands of the wicked. [12]I was at ease, and he brake me asunder; Yea, he hath taken me by the neck, and dashed me to pieces: He hath also set me up for his mark. [13]His archers compass me round about; He cleaveth my reins asunder, and doth not spare; He poureth out my gall upon the ground. [14]He breaketh me with breach upon breach; He runneth upon me like a giant. [15]I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, And have laid my horn in the dust. [16]My face is red with weeping, And on my eyelids is the shadow of death; [17]Although there is no violence in my hands, And my prayer is pure.

[18]O earth, cover not thou my blood, And let my cry have no [resting] -place. [19]Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven, And he that voucheth for me is on high. [20]My friends scoff at me: [But] mine eye poureth out tears unto God, [21]That he would maintain the right of a man with God, And of a son of man with his neighbor! [22]For when a few years are come, I shall go the way whence I shall not return.

Chapter 17

[1]My spirit is consumed, my days are extinct, The grave is [ready] for me. [2]Surely there are mockers with me, And mine eye dwelleth upon their provocation. [3]Give now a pledge, be surety for me with thyself; Who is there that will strike hands with me? [4]For thou hast hid their heart from understanding: Therefore shalt thou not exalt [them]. [5]He that denounceth his friends for a prey, Even the eyes of his children shall fail.

[6]But he hath made me a byword of the people; And they spit in my face. [7]Mine eye also is dim by reason of sorrow, And all my members are as a shadow. [8]Upright men shall be astonished at this, And the innocent shall stir up himself against the godless. [9]Yet shall the righteous hold on his way, And he that hath clean hands shall wax stronger and stronger. [10]But as for you all, come on now again; And I shall not find a wise man among you. [11]My days are past, my purposes are broken off, Even the thoughts of my heart. [12]They change the night into day: The light, [say they], is near unto the darkness. [13]If I look for Sheol as my house; If I have spread my couch in the darkness; [14]If I have said to corruption, Thou art my father; To the worm, [Thou art] my mother, and my sister; [15]Where then is my hope? And as for my hope, who shall see it? [16]It shall go down to the bars of Sheol, When once there is rest in the dust.

Chapter 18

[1]Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said, [2]How long will ye hunt for words? Consider, and afterwards we will speak. [3]Wherefore are we counted as beasts, [And] are become unclean in your sight? [4]Thou that tearest thyself in thine anger, Shall the earth be forsaken for thee? Or shall the rock be removed out of its place?

[5]Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, And the spark of his fire shall not shine. [6]The light shall be dark in his tent, And his lamp above him shall be put out. [7]The steps of his strength shall be straitened, And his own counsel shall cast him down. [8]For he is cast into a net by his own feet, And he walketh upon the toils. [9]A gin shall take [him] by the heel, [And] a snare shall lay hold on him. [10]A noose is hid for him in the ground, And a trap for him in the way. [11]Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, And shall chase him at his heels. [12]His strength shall be hunger-bitten, And calamity shall be ready at his side. [13]The members of his body shall be devoured, [Yea], the first-born of death shall devour his members. [14]He shall be rooted out of his tent where he trusteth; And he shall be brought to the king of terrors. [15]There shall dwell in his tent that which is none of his: Brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation. [16]His roots shall be dried up beneath, And above shall his branch be cut off. [17]His remembrance shall perish from the earth, And he shall have no name in the street. [18]He shall be driven from light into darkness, And chased out of the world. [19]He shall have neither son nor son's son among his people, Nor any remaining where he sojourned. [20]They that come after shall be astonished at his day, As they that went before were affrighted. [21]Surely such are the dwellings of the unrighteous, And this is the place of him that knoweth not God.

Chapter 19

[1]Then Job answered and said, [2]How long will ye vex my soul, And break me in pieces with words? [3]These ten times have ye reproached me: Ye are not ashamed that ye deal hardly with me. [4]And be it indeed that I have erred, Mine error remaineth with myself. [5]If indeed ye will magnify yourselves against me, And plead against me my reproach; [6]Know now that God hath subverted me [in my cause], And hath compassed me with his net.

[7]Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard: I cry for help, but there is no justice. [8]He hath walled up my way that I cannot pass, And hath set darkness in my paths. [9]He hath stripped me of my glory, And taken the crown from my head. [10]He hath broken me down on every side, and I am gone; And my hope hath he plucked up like a tree. [11]He hath also kindled his wrath against me, And he counteth me unto him as [one of] his adversaries. [12]His troops come on together, And cast up their way against me, And encamp round about my tent.

[13]He hath put my brethren far from me, And mine acquaintance are wholly estranged from me. [14]My kinsfolk have failed, And my familiar friends have forgotten me. [15]They that dwell in my house, and my maids, count me for a stranger; I am an alien in their sight. [16]I call unto my servant, and he giveth me no answer, [Though] I entreat him with my mouth. [17]My breath is strange to my wife, And my supplication to the children of mine own mother. [18]Even young children despise me; If I arise, they speak against me. [19]All my familiar friends abhor me, And they whom I loved are turned against me. [20]My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, And I am escaped with the skin of my teeth. [21]Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends; For the hand of God hath touched me. [22]Why do ye persecute me as God, And are not satisfied with my flesh?

[23]Oh that my words were now written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book! [24]That with an iron pen and lead They were graven in the rock for ever! [25]But as for me I know that my Redeemer liveth, And at last he will stand up upon the earth: [26]And after my skin, [even] this [body], is destroyed, Then without my flesh shall I see God; [27]Whom I, even I, shall see, on my side, And mine eyes shall behold, and not as a stranger. My heart is consumed within me. [28]If ye say, How we will persecute him! And that the root of the matter is found in me; [29]Be ye afraid of the sword: For wrath [bringeth] the punishments of the sword, That ye may know there is a judgment.

Chapter 20

[1]Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said, [2]Therefore do my thoughts give answer to me, Even by reason of my haste that is in me. [3]I have heard the reproof which putteth me to shame; And the spirit of my understanding answereth me. [4]Knowest thou [not] this of old time, Since man was placed upon earth, [5]That the triumphing of the wicked is short, And the joy of the godless but for a moment? [6]Though his height mount up to the heavens, And his head reach unto the clouds; [7]Yet he shall perish for ever like his own dung: They that have seen him shall say, Where is he? [8]He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not be found: Yea, he shall be chased away as a vision of the night. [9]The eye which saw him shall see him no more; Neither shall his place any more behold him. [10]His children shall seek the favor of the poor, And his hands shall give back his wealth. [11]His bones are full of his youth, But it shall lie down with him in the dust.

[12]Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, Though he hide it under his tongue, [13]Though he spare it, and will not let it go, But keep it still within his mouth; [14]Yet his food in his bowels is turned, It is the gall of asps within him. [15]He hath swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again; God will cast them out of his belly. [16]He shall suck the poison of asps: The viper's tongue shall slay him. [17]He shall not look upon the rivers, The flowing streams of honey and butter. [18]That which he labored for shall he restore, and shall not swallow it down; According to the substance that he hath gotten, he shall not rejoice. [19]For he hath oppressed and forsaken the poor; He hath violently taken away a house, and he shall not build it up.

[20]Because he knew no quietness within him, He shall not save aught of that wherein he delighteth. [21]There was nothing left that he devoured not; Therefore his prosperity shall not endure. [22]In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits: The hand of every one that is in misery shall come upon him. [23]When he is about to fill his belly, [God] will cast the fierceness of his wrath upon him, And will rain it upon him while he is eating. [24]He shall flee from the iron weapon, And the bow of brass shall strike him through. [25]He draweth it forth, and it cometh out of his body; Yea, the glittering point cometh out of his gall: Terrors are upon him. [26]All darkness is laid up for his treasures: A fire not blown [by man] shall devour him; It shall consume that which is left in his tent. [27]The heavens shall reveal his iniquity, And the earth shall rise up against him. [28]The increase of his house shall depart; [His goods] shall flow away in the day of his wrath. [29]This is the portion of a wicked man from God, And the heritage appointed unto him by God.

Chapter 21

[1]Then Job answered and said, [2]Hear diligently my speech; And let this be your consolations. [3]Suffer me, and I also will speak; And after that I have spoken, mock on. [4]As for me, is my complaint to man? And why should I not be impatient? [5]Mark me, and be astonished, And lay your hand upon your mouth. [6]Even when I remember I am troubled, And horror taketh hold on my flesh. [7]Wherefore do the wicked live, Become old, yea, wax mighty in power? [8]Their seed is established with them in their sight, And their offspring before their eyes. [9]Their houses are safe from fear, Neither is the rod of God upon them. [10]Their bull gendereth, and faileth not; Their cow calveth, and casteth not her calf. [11]They send forth their little ones like a flock, And their children dance. [12]They sing to the timbrel and harp, And rejoice at the sound of the pipe. [13]They spend their days in prosperity, And in a moment they go down to Sheol. [14]And they say unto God, Depart from us; For we desire not the knowledge of thy ways. [15]What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? And what profit should we have, if we pray unto him? [16]Lo, their prosperity is not in their hand: The counsel of the wicked is far from me.

[17]How oft is it that the lamp of the wicked is put out? That their calamity cometh upon them? That [God] distributeth sorrows in his anger? [18]That they are as stubble before the wind, And as chaff that the storm carrieth away? [19][Ye say], God layeth up his iniquity for his children. Let him recompense it unto himself, that he may know it: [20]Let his own eyes see his destruction, And let him drink of the wrath of the Almighty. [21]For what careth he for his house after him, When the number of his months is cut off? [22]Shall any teach God knowledge, Seeing he judgeth those that are high? [23]One dieth in his full strength, Being wholly at ease and quiet: [24]His pails are full of milk, And the marrow of his bones is moistened. [25]And another dieth in bitterness of soul, And never tasteth of good. [26]They lie down alike in the dust, And the worm covereth them.

[27]Behold, I know your thoughts, And the devices wherewith ye would wrong me. [28]For ye say, Where is the house of the prince? And where is the tent wherein the wicked dwelt? [29]Have ye not asked wayfaring men? And do ye not know their evidences, [30]That the evil man is reserved to the day of calamity? That they are led forth to the day of wrath? [31]Who shall declare his way to his face? And who shall repay him what he hath done? [32]Yet shall he be borne to the grave, And men shall keep watch over the tomb. [33]The clods of the valley shall be sweet unto him, And all men shall draw after him, As there were innumerable before him. [34]How then comfort ye me in vain, Seeing in your answers there remaineth [only] falsehood?

Chapter 22

[1]Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said, [2]Can a man be profitable unto God? Surely he that is wise is profitable unto himself. [3]Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? Or is it gain [to him], that thou makest thy ways perfect? [4]Is it for thy fear [of him] that he reproveth thee, That he entereth with thee into judgment? [5]Is not thy wickedness great? Neither is there any end to thine iniquities. [6]For thou hast taken pledges of thy brother for nought, And stripped the naked of their clothing. [7]Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink, And thou hast withholden bread from the hungry. [8]But as for the mighty man, he had the earth; And the honorable man, he dwelt in it. [9]Thou hast sent widows away empty, And the arms of the fatherless have been broken. [10]Therefore snares are round about thee, And sudden fear troubleth thee, [11]Or darkness, so that thou canst not see, And abundance of waters cover thee.

[12]Is not God in the height of heaven? And behold the height of the stars, how high they are! [13]And thou sayest, What doth God know? Can he judge through the thick darkness? [14]Thick clouds are a covering to him, so that he seeth not; And he walketh on the vault of heaven. [15]Wilt thou keep the old way Which wicked men have trodden? [16]Who were snatched away before their time, Whose foundation was poured out as a stream, [17]Who said unto God, Depart from us; And, What can the Almighty do for us? [18]Yet he filled their houses with good things: But the counsel of the wicked is far from me. [19]The righteous see it, and are glad; And the innocent laugh them to scorn, [20][Saying], Surely they that did rise up against us are cut off, And the remnant of them the fire hath consumed.

[21]Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: Thereby good shall come unto thee. [22]Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, And lay up his words in thy heart. [23]If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, If thou put away unrighteousness far from thy tents. [24]And lay thou [thy] treasure in the dust, And [the gold of] Ophir among the stones of the brooks; [25]And the Almighty will be thy treasure, And precious silver unto thee. [26]For then shalt thou delight thyself in the Almighty, And shalt lift up thy face unto God. [27]Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he will hear thee; And thou shalt pay thy vows. [28]Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee; And light shall shine upon thy ways. [29]When they cast [thee] down, thou shalt say, [There is] lifting up; And the humble person he will save. [30]He will deliver [even] him that is not innocent: Yea, he shall be delivered through the cleanness of thy hands.

Chapter 23

[1]Then Job answered and said, [2]Even to-day is my complaint rebellious: My stroke is heavier than my groaning. [3]Oh that I knew where I might find him! That I might come even to his seat! [4]I would set my cause in order before him, And fill my mouth with arguments. [5]I would know the words which he would answer me, And understand what he would say unto me. [6]Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? Nay; but he would give heed unto me. [7]There the upright might reason with him; So should I be delivered for ever from my judge. [8]Behold, I go forward, but he is not [there]; And backward, but I cannot perceive him; [9]On the left hand, when he doth work, but I cannot behold him; He hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him.

[10]But he knoweth the way that I take; When he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. [11]My foot hath held fast to his steps; His way have I kept, and turned not aside. [12]I have not gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have treasured up the words of his mouth more than my necessary food. [13]But he is in one [mind], and who can turn him? And what his soul desireth, even that he doeth. [14]For he performeth that which is appointed for me: And many such things are with him. [15]Therefore am I terrified at his presence; When I consider, I am afraid of him. [16]For God hath made my heart faint, And the Almighty hath terrified me; [17]Because I was not cut off before the darkness, Neither did he cover the thick darkness from my face.

Chapter 24

[1]Why are times not laid up by the Almighty? And why do not they that know him see his days? [2]There are that remove the landmarks; They violently take away flocks, and feed them. [3]They drive away the ass of the fatherless; They take the widow's ox for a pledge. [4]They turn the needy out of the way: The poor of the earth all hide themselves. [5]Behold, as wild asses in the desert They go forth to their work, seeking diligently for food; The wilderness [yieldeth] them bread for their children. [6]They cut their provender in the field; And they glean the vintage of the wicked. [7]They lie all night naked without clothing, And have no covering in the cold. [8]They are wet with the showers of the mountains, And embrace the rock for want of a shelter. [9]There are that pluck the fatherless from the breast, And take a pledge of the poor; [10][So that] they go about naked without clothing, And being hungry they carry the sheaves. [11]They make oil within the walls of these men; They tread [their] winepresses, and suffer thirst. [12]From out of the populous city men groan, And the soul of the wounded crieth out: Yet God regardeth not the folly.

[13]These are of them that rebel against the light; They know not the ways thereof, Nor abide in the paths thereof. [14]The murderer riseth with the light; He killeth the poor and needy; And in the night he is as a thief. [15]The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, Saying, No eye shall see me: And he disguiseth his face. [16]In the dark they dig through houses: They shut themselves up in the day-time; They know not the light. [17]For the morning is to all of them as thick darkness; For they know the terrors of the thick darkness.

[18]Swiftly they [pass away] upon the face of the waters; Their portion is cursed in the earth: They turn not into the way of the vineyards. [19]Drought and heat consume the snow waters: [So doth] Sheol [those that] have sinned. [20]The womb shall forget him; The worm shall feed sweetly on him; He shall be no more remembered; And unrighteousness shall be broken as a tree. [21]He devoureth the barren that beareth not, And doeth not good to the widow. [22]Yet [God] preserveth the mighty by his power: He riseth up that hath no assurance of life. [23][God] giveth them to be in security, and they rest thereon; And his eyes are upon their ways. [24]They are exalted; yet a little while, and they are gone; Yea, they are brought low, they are taken out of the way as all others, And are cut off as the tops of the ears of grain. [25]And if it be not so now, who will prove me a liar, And make my speech nothing worth?

Chapter 25

[1]Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said, [2]Dominion and fear are with him; He maketh peace in his high places. [3]Is there any number of his armies? And upon whom doth not his light arise? [4]How then can man be just with God? Or how can he be clean that is born of a woman? [5]Behold, even the moon hath no brightness, And the stars are not pure in his sight: [6]How much less man, that is a worm! And the son of man, that is a worm!

Chapter 26

[1]Then Job answered and said, [2]How hast thou helped him that is without power! How hast thou saved the arm that hath no strength! [3]How hast thou counselled him that hath no wisdom, And plentifully declared sound knowledge! [4]To whom hast thou uttered words? And whose spirit came forth from thee? [5]They that are deceased tremble Beneath the waters and the inhabitants thereof. [6]Sheol is naked before [God], And Abaddon hath no covering. [7]He stretcheth out the north over empty space, And hangeth the earth upon nothing. [8]He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; And the cloud is not rent under them. [9]He incloseth the face of his throne, And spreadeth his cloud upon it. [10]He hath described a boundary upon the face of the waters, Unto the confines of light and darkness. [11]The pillars of heaven tremble And are astonished at his rebuke. [12]He stirreth up the sea with his power, And by his understanding he smiteth through Rahab. [13]By his Spirit the heavens are garnished; His hand hath pierced the swift serpent. [14]Lo, these are but the outskirts of his ways: And how small a whisper do we hear of him! But the thunder of his power who can understand?

Chapter 27

[1]And Job again took up his parable, and said, [2]As God liveth, who hath taken away my right, And the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul: [3](For my life is yet whole in me, And the spirit of God is in my nostrils); [4]Surely my lips shall not speak unrighteousness, Neither shall my tongue utter deceit. [5]Far be it from me that I should justify you: Till I die I will not put away mine integrity from me. [6]My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: My heart shall not reproach [me] so long as I live.

[7]Let mine enemy be as the wicked, And let him that riseth up against me be as the unrighteous. [8]For what is the hope of the godless, though he get him gain, When God taketh away his soul? [9]Will God hear his cry, When trouble cometh upon him? [10]Will he delight himself in the Almighty, And call upon God at all times? [11]I will teach you concerning the hand of God; That which is with the Almighty will I not conceal. [12]Behold, all ye yourselves have seen it; Why then are ye become altogether vain? [13]This is the portion of a wicked man with God, And the heritage of oppressors, which they receive from the Almighty: [14]If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword; And his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread. [15]Those that remain of him shall be buried in death, And his widows shall make no lamentation. [16]Though he heap up silver as the dust, And prepare raiment as the clay; [17]He may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, And the innocent shall divide the silver. [18]He buildeth his house as the moth, And as a booth which the keeper maketh. [19]He lieth down rich, but he shall not be gathered [to his fathers]; He openeth his eyes, and he is not. [20]Terrors overtake him like waters; A tempest stealeth him away in the night. [21]The east wind carrieth him away, and he departeth; And it sweepeth him out of his place. [22]For [God] shall hurl at him, and not spare: He would fain flee out of his hand. [23]Men shall clap their hands at him, And shall hiss him out of his place.

Chapter 28

[1]Surely there is a mine for silver, And a place for gold which they refine. [2]Iron is taken out of the earth, And copper is molten out of the stone. [3][Man] setteth an end to darkness, And searcheth out, to the furthest bound, The stones of obscurity and of thick darkness. [4]He breaketh open a shaft away from where men sojourn; They are forgotten of the foot; They hang afar from men, they swing to and fro. [5]As for the earth, out of it cometh bread; And underneath it is turned up as it were by fire. [6]The stones thereof are the place of sapphires, And it hath dust of gold. [7]That path no bird of prey knoweth, Neither hath the falcon's eye seen it: [8]The proud beasts have not trodden it, Nor hath the fierce lion passed thereby. [9]He putteth forth his hand upon the flinty rock; He overturneth the mountains by the roots. [10]He cutteth out channels among the rocks; And his eye seeth every precious thing. [11]He bindeth the streams that they trickle not; And the thing that is hid bringeth he forth to light.

[12]But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding? [13]Man knoweth not the price thereof; 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 the price thereof. [16]It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, With the precious onyx, or the sapphire. [17]Gold and glass cannot equal it, Neither shall it be exchanged for jewels of fine gold. [18]No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal: Yea, the price of wisdom is above rubies. [19]The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, Neither shall it be valued with pure gold. [20]Whence then cometh wisdom? And where is the place of understanding? [21]Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, And kept close from the birds of the heavens. [22]Destruction and Death say, We have heard a rumor thereof with our ears.

[23]God understandeth the way thereof, And he knoweth the place thereof. [24]For he looketh to the ends of the earth, And seeth under the whole heaven; [25]To make a weight for the wind: Yea, he meteth out the waters by measure. [26]When he made a decree for the rain, And a way for the lightning of the thunder; [27]Then did he see it, and declare it; He established it, yea, and searched it out. [28]And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; And to depart from evil is understanding.