1: Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold which they refine; 2: Iron is taken out of the dust, and copper is molten out of the stone. 3: [Man] putteth an end to the darkness, and exploreth to the utmost limit, the stones of darkness and of the shadow of death. 4: He openeth a shaft far from the inhabitants [of the earth]: forgotten of the foot, they hang suspended; away below men they hover. 5: As for the earth, out of it cometh bread, and underneath it is turned up as by fire; 6: The stones of it are the place of sapphires, and it hath dust of gold. 7: It is a path no bird of prey knoweth, and the vulture's eye hath not seen it; 8: The proud beasts have not trodden it, nor the fierce lion passed over it. 9: [Man] putteth forth his hand upon the flinty rock, he overturneth the mountains by the root. 10: He cutteth out channels in the rocks, and his eye seeth every precious thing. 11: He bindeth the streams that they drip not, and what is hidden he bringeth forth to light. 12: But wisdom, where shall it be found? and where is the place of understanding? 13: Man knoweth not the value thereof; and it is not 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: Choice gold cannot be given for it, nor silver be weighed for its price. 16: It is not set in the balance with gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, and the sapphire. 17: Gold and glass cannot be compared to it, nor vessels of fine gold be its exchange. 18: Corals and crystal are no more remembered; yea, the acquisition of wisdom is above rubies. 19: The topaz of Ethiopia shall not be compared to it, neither shall it be set in the balance with pure gold. 20: Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding? 21: For it is hidden from the eyes of all living, and concealed from the fowl of the heavens. 22: Destruction and death say, We have heard its report with our ears. 23: God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth its place: 24: For he looketh to the ends of the earth, he seeth under the whole heaven. 25: In making a weight for the wind, and meting out the waters by measure, 26: In appointing a statute for the rain, and a way for the thunder's flash: 27: Then did he see it, and declare it; he established it, yea, and searched it out; 28: And unto man he said, Lo, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.