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

20 Where then does wisdom come from?
    Where does understanding dwell?(R)
21 It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing,
    concealed even from the birds in the sky.(S)
22 Destruction[a](T) and Death(U) say,
    “Only a rumor of it has reached our ears.”
23 God understands the way to it
    and he alone(V) knows where it dwells,(W)
24 for he views the ends of the earth(X)
    and sees everything under the heavens.(Y)

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Footnotes

  1. Job 28:22 Hebrew Abaddon