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Job 28 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Job Tells of Earth’s Treasures

28 “Surely there is a mine for silver,
And a place where they refine gold.

“Iron is taken out of the earth,
And copper is smelted from the stone ore.

Man puts an end to darkness [by bringing in a light],
And to the farthest bounds he searches out
The rock buried in gloom and deep shadow.

“He breaks open (mine) shafts far away from where people live,
[In places] forgotten by the [human] foot;
They dangle [in the mines] and hang away from men.

“[As for] the earth, out of it comes food,
But underneath [its surface, down deep] it is turned over as fire.

“Its stones are the bed of sapphires;
It holds dust of gold.

“The path [deep within] no bird of prey knows,
And the falcon’s eye has not caught sight of it.

“The proud beasts [and their young] have not walked on it,
Nor has the fierce lion passed over it.

“Man puts his hand on [and tears apart] the flinty rock;
He overturns the mountains at the base [looking for treasure].
“He cuts out channels and passages among the rocks;
And his eye sees every precious thing.
“Man dams up the streams from flowing [so that they do not trickle into the mine],
And what is hidden he brings out to the light.

The Search for Wisdom Is Harder

“But where can wisdom be found?
And where is the place of understanding?
“Man does not know the value of it;
Nor is it found in the land of the living.
“The deep says, ‘It is not in me’;
And the sea says, ‘It is not with me.’
“It cannot be obtained for pure gold,
Nor can silver be weighed as its price.
“It cannot be valued in [terms of] the gold of Ophir,
In the precious onyx or beryl, or the sapphire.
“Gold and glass cannot equal wisdom,
Nor can it be exchanged for articles of fine gold.
“No mention of coral and crystal can be made;
For the possession of wisdom is even above [that of] rubies or pearls.
“The topaz of Ethiopia cannot compare with it,
Nor can it be valued in pure gold.
“From where then does wisdom come?
And where is the place of understanding?
“It is hidden from the eyes of all the living
And concealed from the birds of the heavens.
“Abaddon (the place of destruction) and Death say,
‘We have [only] heard a report of it with our ears.’

“God understands the way [to wisdom]
And He knows its place [for wisdom is with God alone].
“For He looks to the ends of the earth
And sees everything under the heavens.
“When He gave weight and pressure to the wind
And allotted the waters by measure,
When He made a limit for the rain
And a way for the thunderbolt,
Then He saw wisdom and declared it;
He established it and searched it out.
“But to man He said, ‘Behold, the reverential and worshipful fear of the Lord—that is wisdom;
And to depart from evil is understanding.’”

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Job 28 New International Version (NIV)

Interlude: Where Wisdom Is Found

28 There is a mine for silver
    and a place where gold is refined.
Iron is taken from the earth,
    and copper is smelted from ore.
Mortals put an end to the darkness;
    they search out the farthest recesses
    for ore in the blackest darkness.
Far from human dwellings they cut a shaft,
    in places untouched by human feet;
    far from other people they dangle and sway.
The earth, from which food comes,
    is transformed below as by fire;
lapis lazuli comes from its rocks,
    and its dust contains nuggets of gold.
No bird of prey knows that hidden path,
    no falcon’s eye has seen it.
Proud beasts do not set foot on it,
    and no lion prowls there.
People assault the flinty rock with their hands
    and lay bare the roots of the mountains.
10 They tunnel through the rock;
    their eyes see all its treasures.
11 They search[a] the sources of the rivers
    and bring hidden things to light.

12 But where can wisdom be found?
    Where does understanding dwell?
13 No mortal comprehends its worth;
    it cannot be found in the land of the living.
14 The deep says, “It is not in me”;
    the sea says, “It is not with me.”
15 It cannot be bought with the finest gold,
    nor can its price be weighed out in silver.
16 It cannot be bought with the gold of Ophir,
    with precious onyx or lapis lazuli.
17 Neither gold nor crystal can compare with it,
    nor can it be had for jewels of gold.
18 Coral and jasper are not worthy of mention;
    the price of wisdom is beyond rubies.
19 The topaz of Cush cannot compare with it;
    it cannot be bought with pure gold.

20 Where then does wisdom come from?
    Where does understanding dwell?
21 It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing,
    concealed even from the birds in the sky.
22 Destruction[b] and Death say,
    “Only a rumor of it has reached our ears.”
23 God understands the way to it
    and he alone knows where it dwells,
24 for he views the ends of the earth
    and sees everything under the heavens.
25 When he established the force of the wind
    and measured out the waters,
26 when he made a decree for the rain
    and a path for the thunderstorm,
27 then he looked at wisdom and appraised it;
    he confirmed it and tested it.
28 And he said to the human race,
    “The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom,
    and to shun evil is understanding.”


  1. Job 28:11 Septuagint, Aquila and Vulgate; Hebrew They dam up
  2. Job 28:22 Hebrew Abaddon
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