12 “But where can wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding? 13 “Man does not know the value of it; Nor is it found in the land of the living. 14 “The deep says, ‘It is not in me’; And the sea says, ‘It is not with me.’ 15 “It cannot be obtained for pure gold, Nor can silver be weighed as its price. 16 “It cannot be valued in [terms of] the gold of Ophir, In the precious onyx or beryl, or the sapphire. 17 “Gold and glass cannot equal wisdom, Nor can it be exchanged for articles of fine gold. 18 “No mention of coral and crystal can be made; For the possession of wisdom is even above [that of] rubies or pearls. 19 “The topaz of Ethiopia cannot compare with it, Nor can it be valued in pure gold. 20 “From where then does wisdom come? And where is the place of understanding? 21 “It is hidden from the eyes of all the living And concealed from the birds of the heavens. 22 “Abaddon (the place of destruction) and Death say, ‘We have [only] heard a report of it with our ears.’
23 “God understands the way [to wisdom] And He knows its place [for wisdom is with God alone]. 24 “For He looks to the ends of the earth And sees everything under the heavens. 25 “When He gave weight and pressure to the wind And allotted the waters by measure, 26 When He made a limit for the rain And a way for the thunderbolt, 27 Then He saw wisdom and declared it; He established it and searched it out. 28 “But to man He said, ‘Behold, the reverential and worshipful fear of the Lord—that is wisdom; And to depart from evil is understanding.’”
“Things which the eye has not seen and the ear has not heard, And which have not entered the heart of man, All that God has prepared for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, who obey Him, and who gratefully recognize the benefits that He has bestowed].”
10 For God has unveiled them and revealed them to us through the [Holy] Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things [diligently], even [sounding and measuring] the [profound] depths of God [the divine counsels and things far beyond human understanding]. 11 For what person knows the thoughts and motives of a man except the man’s spirit within him? So also no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the [Holy] Spirit who is from God, so that we may know and understand the [wonderful] things freely given to us by God. 13 We also speak of these things, not in words taught or supplied by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining and interpreting spiritual thoughts with spiritual words [for those being guided by the Holy Spirit].
14 But the natural [unbelieving] man does not accept the things [the teachings and revelations] of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness [absurd and illogical] to him; and he is incapable of understanding them, because they are spiritually discerned and appreciated, [and he is unqualified to judge spiritual matters]. 15 But the spiritual man [the spiritually mature Christian] judges all things [questions, examines and applies what the Holy Spirit reveals], yet is himself judged by no one [the unbeliever cannot judge and understand the believer’s spiritual nature]. 16 For who has known the mindandpurposes of the Lord, so as to instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ [to be guided by His thoughts and purposes].
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