Job Continues: Where Is Wisdom?

28 “Surely there is a mine for silver,
    and a place for gold that they (A)refine.
Iron is taken out of the earth,
    and copper is smelted from the ore.
Man puts an end to darkness
    and searches out to the farthest limit
    the ore in (B)gloom and (C)deep darkness.
He opens shafts in a valley away from where anyone lives;
    they are forgotten by travelers;
    they hang in the air, far away from mankind; they swing to and fro.
As for the earth, (D)out of it comes bread,
    but underneath it is turned up as by fire.
Its stones are the place of (E)sapphires,[a]
    and it has dust of gold.

“That path no bird of prey knows,
    and the falcon's eye has not seen it.
(F)The proud beasts have not trodden it;
    (G)the lion has not passed over it.

“Man puts his hand to (H)the flinty rock
    and overturns mountains by the roots.
10 He cuts out channels in the rocks,
    and his eye sees every precious thing.
11 He dams up the streams so that they do not trickle,
    and the thing that is hidden he brings out to light.

12 (I)“But where shall wisdom be found?
    And where is the place of understanding?
13 Man does not know its worth,
    and it is not found in (J)the land of the living.
14 (K)The deep says, ‘It is not in me,’
    and the sea says, ‘It is not with me.’
15 It (L)cannot be bought for gold,
    and silver cannot be weighed as its price.
16 It cannot be valued in (M)the gold of (N)Ophir,
    in precious (O)onyx or (P)sapphire.
17 Gold and glass cannot equal it,
    nor can it be exchanged for jewels of fine gold.
18 No mention shall be made of (Q)coral or of crystal;
    the price of wisdom is above (R)(S)pearls.
19 (T)The topaz of Ethiopia cannot equal 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 (U)all living
    and concealed from the birds of the air.
22 (V)Abaddon and Death say,
    ‘We have heard a rumor of it with our ears.’

23 (W)“God understands the way to it,
    and he knows its place.
24 For he (X)looks to the ends of the earth
    and sees everything under the heavens.
25 When he (Y)gave to the wind its weight
    and apportioned the waters by measure,
26 when he made a decree for the rain
    and (Z)a way for the lightning of the thunder,
27 then he saw it and declared it;
    he established it, and searched it out.
28 And he said to man,
‘Behold, (AA)the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom,
    and to (AB)turn away from evil is understanding.’”

Job's Summary Defense

29 And Job again (AC)took up his discourse, and said:

“Oh, that I were as in the months of old,
    as in the days when God watched over me,
when his (AD)lamp shone upon my head,
    and by his light I walked through darkness,
as I was in my prime,[b]
    when the (AE)friendship of God was upon my tent,
when the Almighty was yet with me,
    when my (AF)children were all around me,
when my steps were (AG)washed with (AH)butter,
    and (AI)the rock poured out for me streams of (AJ)oil!
When I went out to (AK)the gate of the city,
    when I prepared my seat in the square,
the young men saw me and withdrew,
    and the aged rose and stood;
the princes refrained from talking
    and (AL)laid their hand on their mouth;
10 the voice of the nobles was hushed,
    and their (AM)tongue stuck to the roof of their mouth.
11 When the ear heard, it called me blessed,
    and when the eye saw, it approved,
12 because I (AN)delivered the poor who cried for help,
    and the fatherless who had none to help him.
13 (AO)The blessing of him who was (AP)about to perish came upon me,
    and I caused (AQ)the widow's heart to sing for joy.
14 I (AR)put on righteousness, and it clothed me;
    my justice was like a robe and (AS)a turban.
15 I was (AT)eyes to the blind
    and feet to the lame.
16 I was a father to the needy,
    and I searched out (AU)the cause of him whom I did not know.
17 I (AV)broke (AW)the fangs of the unrighteous
    and made him drop his prey from his teeth.
18 (AX)Then I thought, ‘I shall die in my (AY)nest,
    and I shall multiply my days as (AZ)the sand,
19 my (BA)roots spread out to (BB)the waters,
    with the dew all night on my (BC)branches,
20 my glory fresh with me,
    and my (BD)bow ever (BE)new in my hand.’

21 “Men listened to me and waited
    and kept silence for my counsel.
22 After I spoke they did not speak again,
    and my word (BF)dropped upon them.
23 They waited for me as for the rain,
    and they (BG)opened their mouths as for the (BH)spring rain.
24 I smiled on them when they had no confidence,
    and (BI)the light of my (BJ)face they did not cast down.
25 I chose their way and sat as chief,
    and I lived like (BK)a king among his troops,
    like one who comforts mourners.

30 “But now they (BL)laugh at me,
    men who are (BM)younger than I,
whose fathers I would have disdained
    to set with the dogs of my flock.
What could I gain from the strength of their hands,
    (BN)men whose (BO)vigor is gone?
Through want and hard hunger
    they (BP)gnaw (BQ)the dry ground by night in (BR)waste and desolation;
they pick saltwort and the leaves of bushes,
    and the roots of the broom tree for their food.[c]
(BS)They are driven out from human company;
    they shout after them as after a thief.
In the gullies of the torrents they must dwell,
    in holes of the earth and of (BT)the rocks.
Among the bushes they (BU)bray;
    under (BV)the nettles they huddle together.
A senseless, a nameless brood,
    they have been whipped out of the land.

“And now I have become their (BW)song;
    I am (BX)a byword to them.
10 They (BY)abhor me; they keep aloof from me;
    they do not hesitate to (BZ)spit at the sight of me.
11 Because God has loosed my cord and humbled me,
    they have cast off restraint[d] in my presence.
12 On my (CA)right hand the rabble rise;
    they push away my feet;
    they (CB)cast up against me their ways of destruction.
13 They break up my path;
    they promote my (CC)calamity;
    they need no one to help them.
14 As through a wide (CD)breach they come;
    amid the crash they roll on.
15 (CE)Terrors are turned upon me;
    my honor is pursued as by the wind,
    and my prosperity has passed away like (CF)a cloud.

16 “And now my soul is (CG)poured out within me;
    days of affliction have taken hold of me.
17 (CH)The night (CI)racks my bones,
    and the pain that (CJ)gnaws me takes no rest.
18 With great force my garment is (CK)disfigured;
    it binds me about like the collar of my tunic.
19 God[e] has cast me into the mire,
    and I have become like (CL)dust and ashes.
20 I cry to you for help and you do not answer me;
    I stand, and you only look at me.
21 You have (CM)turned cruel to me;
    with the might of your hand you (CN)persecute me.
22 (CO)You lift me up on the wind; you make me ride on it,
    and you toss me about in the roar of the storm.
23 (CP)For I know that you will bring me to death
    and to the house appointed for (CQ)all living.

24 “Yet does not one in a (CR)heap of ruins stretch out his hand,
    and in his disaster cry for help?[f]
25 Did not I (CS)weep for him whose day was hard?
    Was not my soul grieved for the needy?
26 But (CT)when I hoped for good, evil came,
    and when I waited for light, (CU)darkness came.
27 My inward parts are in turmoil and never still;
    days of affliction (CV)come to meet me.
28 I (CW)go about darkened, but not by the sun;
    I stand up in (CX)the assembly and cry for help.
29 I am a brother of (CY)jackals
    and a companion of (CZ)ostriches.
30 My (DA)skin turns black and falls from me,
    and my (DB)bones burn with heat.
31 My (DC)lyre is (DD)turned to mourning,
    and my (DE)pipe to the voice of those who weep.


  1. Job 28:6 Or lapis lazuli; also verse 16
  2. Job 29:4 Hebrew my autumn days
  3. Job 30:4 Or warmth
  4. Job 30:11 Hebrew the bridle
  5. Job 30:19 Hebrew He
  6. Job 30:24 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain

Triumph in Christ

12 When (A)I came to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ, even though (B)a door was opened for me in the Lord, 13 my spirit (C)was not at rest because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I took leave of them and went on to Macedonia.

14 But (D)thanks be to God, who in Christ always (E)leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads (F)the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. 15 For we are the aroma of Christ to God among (G)those who are being saved and among (H)those who are perishing, 16 (I)to one a fragrance from death to death, (J)to the other a fragrance from life to life. (K)Who is sufficient for these things? 17 For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God's word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.

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Book Two

Why Are You Cast Down, O My Soul?

To the choirmaster. A Maskil[a] of (A)the Sons of Korah.

42 (B)As a deer pants for flowing streams,
    so pants my soul for you, O God.
(C)My soul thirsts for God,
    for (D)the living God.
When shall I come and (E)appear before God?[b]
(F)My tears have been my food
    day and night,
(G)while they say to me all the day long,
    “Where is your God?”
These things I remember,
    as I (H)pour out my soul:
(I)how I would go (J)with the throng
    and lead them in procession to the house of God
with glad shouts and songs of praise,
    (K)a multitude keeping festival.

(L)Why are you cast down, O my soul,
    and why are you (M)in turmoil within me?
(N)Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
    my salvation[c] and my God.

My soul is cast down within me;
    therefore I (O)remember you
(P)from the land of Jordan and of (Q)Hermon,
    from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep
    at the roar of your waterfalls;
(R)all your breakers and your (S)waves
    have gone over me.
By day the Lord (T)commands his steadfast love,
    and at (U)night his song is with me,
    a prayer to the God of my life.
I say to God, (V)my rock:
    “Why have you forgotten me?
(W)Why do I go mourning
    because of the oppression of the enemy?”
10 As with a deadly wound in my bones,
    my adversaries taunt me,
(X)while they say to me all the day long,
    “Where is your God?”

11 (Y)Why are you cast down, O my soul,
    and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
    my salvation and my God.

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  1. Psalm 42:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
  2. Psalm 42:2 Revocalization yields and see the face of God
  3. Psalm 42:5 Hebrew the salvation of my face; also verse 11 and 43:5

(A)The rich rules over the poor,
    and the borrower is the slave of the lender.

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