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Interlude: Where Wisdom Is Found

28 “Surely there is a mine for silver
    and a place for gold to be refined.
Iron is taken out of the earth,
    and copper is smelted from ore.(A)
Miners put[a] an end to darkness
    and search out to the farthest bound
    the ore in gloom and deep darkness.
They open shafts in a valley away from human habitation;
    they are forgotten by travelers;
    they sway suspended, remote from people.
As for the earth, out of it comes bread,
    but underneath it is turned up as by fire.(B)
Its stones are the place of sapphires,[b]
    and its dust contains gold.

“That path no bird of prey knows,
    and the falcon’s eye has not seen it.
The proud wild animals have not trodden it;
    the lion has not passed over it.

“They put their hand to the flinty rock
    and overturn mountains by the roots.(C)
10 They cut out channels in the rocks,
    and their eyes see every precious thing.
11 The sources of the rivers they probe;[c]
    hidden things they bring to light.

12 “But where shall wisdom be found?
    And where is the place of understanding?(D)
13 Mortals do not know the way to it,[d]
    and it is not found in the land of the living.(E)
14 The deep says, ‘It is not in me,’
    and the sea says, ‘It is not with me.’
15 It cannot be gotten for gold,
    and silver cannot be weighed out as its price.
16 It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir,
    in precious onyx or sapphire.[e]
17 Gold and glass cannot equal it,
    nor can it be exchanged for jewels of fine gold.(F)
18 No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal;
    the price of wisdom is above pearls.(G)
19 The chrysolite of Cush cannot compare with it,
    nor can it be valued in pure gold.(H)

20 “Where then does wisdom come from?
    And where is the place of understanding?(I)
21 It is hidden from the eyes of all living
    and concealed from the birds of the air.
22 Abaddon and Death say,
    ‘We have heard a rumor of it with our ears.’(J)

23 “God understands the way to it,
    and he knows its place.(K)
24 For he looks to the ends of the earth
    and sees everything under the heavens.(L)
25 When he gave to the wind its weight
    and apportioned out the waters by measure,(M)
26 when he made a decree for the rain,
    and a way for the thunderbolt,(N)
27 then he saw it and declared it;
    he established it and searched it out.
28 And he said to humankind,
‘Truly, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom;
    and to depart from evil is understanding.’ ”(O)

Job Finishes His Defense

29 Job again took up his discourse and said:(P)

“O that I were as in the months of old,
    as in the days when God watched over me,(Q)
when his lamp shone over my head,
    and by his light I walked through darkness,(R)
when I was in my prime,
    when the friendship of God was upon my tent,(S)
when the Almighty[f] was still with me,
    when my children were around me,
when my steps were washed with milk
    and the rock poured out for me streams of oil!(T)
When I went out to the gate of the city,
    when I took my seat in the square,
the young men saw me and withdrew,
    and the aged rose up and stood;
the nobles refrained from talking
    and laid their hands on their mouths;(U)
10 the voices of princes were hushed,
    and their tongues stuck to the roofs of their mouths.(V)
11 When the ear heard, it commended me,
    and when the eye saw, it approved,
12 because I delivered the poor who cried
    and the orphan who had no helper.(W)
13 The blessing of the wretched came upon me,
    and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.(X)
14 I put on righteousness, and it clothed me;
    my justice was like a robe and a turban.(Y)
15 I was eyes to the blind
    and feet to the lame.
16 I was a father to the needy,
    and I championed the cause of the stranger.(Z)
17 I broke the fangs of the unrighteous
    and made them drop their prey from their teeth.(AA)
18 Then I thought, ‘I shall die in my nest,
    and I shall multiply my days like the phoenix;[g](AB)
19 my roots spread out to the waters,
    with the dew all night on my branches;(AC)
20 my glory was fresh with me
    and my bow ever new in my hand.’(AD)

21 “They listened to me and waited
    and kept silence for my counsel.(AE)
22 After I spoke they did not speak again,
    and my word dropped upon them like dew.[h](AF)
23 They waited for me as for the rain;
    they opened their mouths as for the spring rain.
24 I smiled on them when they had no confidence,
    and the light of my countenance they did not extinguish.[i]
25 I chose what they should do and sat as chief,
    and I lived like a king among his troops,
    like one who comforts mourners.(AG)


  1. 28.3 Heb He puts
  2. 28.6 Or lapis lazuli
  3. 28.11 Gk Vg: Heb bind
  4. 28.13 Gk: Heb its price
  5. 28.16 Or lapis lazuli
  6. 29.5 Traditional rendering of Heb Shaddai
  7. 29.18 Or like sand
  8. 29.22 Heb lacks like dew
  9. 29.24 Meaning of Heb uncertain

Barnabas and Saul Commissioned

13 Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a childhood friend of Herod the ruler,[a] and Saul.(A) While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”(B) Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.(C)

The Apostles Preach in Cyprus

So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus.(D) When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. And they had John also to assist them.(E) When they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they met a certain magician, a Jewish false prophet, named Bar-Jesus.(F) He was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man who summoned Barnabas and Saul and wanted to hear the word of God.(G) But the magician Elymas (for that is the translation of his name) opposed them and tried to turn the proconsul away from the faith.(H) But Saul, also known as Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him(I) 10 and said, “You son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, full of all deceit and villainy, will you not stop making crooked the straight paths of the Lord?(J) 11 And now listen—the hand of the Lord is against you, and you will be blind for a while, unable to see the sun.” Immediately mist and darkness came over him, and he fumbled about for someone to lead him by the hand.(K) 12 When the proconsul saw what had happened, he believed, for he was astonished at the teaching about the Lord.

Paul and Barnabas in Antioch of Pisidia

13 Then Paul and his companions set sail from Paphos and came to Perga in Pamphylia. John, however, left them and returned to Jerusalem,(L) 14 but they went on from Perga and came to Antioch in Pisidia. And on the Sabbath day they went into the synagogue and sat down.(M) 15 After the reading of the Law and the Prophets, the officials of the synagogue sent them a message, saying, “Brothers,[b] if you have any word of exhortation for the people, give it.” 16 So Paul stood up and with a gesture began to speak:

“Fellow Israelites[c] and others who fear God, listen. 17 The God of this people Israel chose our ancestors and made the people great during their stay in the land of Egypt, and with uplifted arm he led them out of it.(N) 18 For about forty years he put up with[d] them in the wilderness.(O) 19 After he had destroyed seven peoples in the land of Canaan, he gave them their land as an inheritance(P) 20 for about four hundred fifty years. After that he gave them judges until the time of the prophet Samuel.(Q) 21 Then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, who reigned for forty years.(R) 22 When he had removed him, he made David their king. In his testimony about him he said, ‘I have found David, son of Jesse, to be a man after my heart, who will carry out all my wishes.’(S) 23 Of this man’s posterity God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, as he promised;(T) 24 before his coming John had already proclaimed a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.(U) 25 And as John was finishing his work, he said, ‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. No, but one is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the strap of the sandals[e] on his feet.’(V)

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  1. 13.1 Gk tetrarch
  2. 13.15 Gk Men, brothers
  3. 13.16 Gk Men, Israelites
  4. 13.18 Other ancient authorities read cared for
  5. 13.25 Gk untie the sandals