28 “There are mines where people dig silver and places where gold is ·made pure [refined]. 2 Iron is taken from the ·ground [dust], and copper is ·melted out of [poured from the] rocks. 3 ·Miners [L They] ·bring lights [L put an end to darkness] and ·search deep into the mines [L investigate every limit] for ore in thick darkness. 4 They ·dig a tunnel [sink a shaft] far from where people live, ·where no one has ever walked [L a place forgotten by human feet]; they work far from people, ·swinging and swaying from ropes [L they sway suspended]. 5 ·Food grows on top of the earth [L Bread/Food comes out of the earth], but below ground things are ·changed [overturned] as if by fire. 6 ·Sapphires [or Lapis lazuli] are found in rocks, and gold dust is also found there. 7 No ·hawk [bird of prey] knows that path; the ·falcon [or black kite] has not seen it. 8 Proud animals have not walked there, and no lions cross over it. 9 ·Miners [L They] ·hit [L put their hands to] the rocks of flint ·and dig away at the bottom of the mountains [upturning the mountains from their root]. 10 They cut tunnels through the rock and see all the ·treasures [precious things] there. 11 They ·search for places where rivers begin [or dam up the sources of the rivers] and bring things hidden out into the light.
12 “But where can wisdom be found, and where ·does understanding live [is understanding]? 13 People do not understand ·the value of wisdom [L its price]; it cannot be found ·among those who are alive [L in the land of the living]. 14 The ·deep ocean [or Deep] says, ‘It’s not in me;’ the ·sea [or Sea; C the Deep and Sea may represent the forces of chaos] says, ‘It’s not in me.’ 15 Wisdom cannot be bought with gold, and its cost cannot be weighed in silver. 16 Wisdom cannot be bought with ·fine gold [L the gold of Ophir; 22:24] or with ·valuable [precious] onyx or ·sapphire gems [or lapis lazuli]. 17 Gold and ·crystal [or glass] ·are not as valuable as wisdom [L cannot match it], and you cannot buy it with jewels of gold. 18 Coral and ·jasper [or crystal; C the identification of gems is often uncertain] are not worth talking about, and the price of wisdom is much greater than ·rubies [or pearls]. 19 The ·topaz [or chrysolite] from ·Cush [Ethiopia] cannot compare to wisdom; it cannot be bought with the purest gold. 20 “So where does wisdom come from, and where does understanding live? 21 It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing, [L concealed] even from the birds of ·the air [L the sky; heaven]. 22 ·The places of destruction [L Abaddon] and ·death [or Death; C the forces of the underworld] say, ‘We have heard reports about it.’ 23 Only God understands the way to wisdom, and he alone knows ·where it lives [L its place], 24 because he looks to the ·farthest parts [ends] of the earth and sees everything under ·the sky [or heaven]. 25 When God gave ·power [substance; L weight] to the wind and measured the water, 26 when he made ·rules [or limits] for the rain and set a path for a thunderstorm to follow, 27 then he looked at ·wisdom [L it] and ·decided its worth [L declared it]; he ·set wisdom up [L established it] and ·tested [or investigated] it. 28 Then he said to humans, ‘The fear of the Lord is wisdom [Prov. 1:7]; to ·stay [or turn] away from evil is understanding [Prov. 3:7].’”
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