1 Surely there
is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold where they fine
2 Iron is taken out of the earth, and brass is molten out of
3 He setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth out all perfection:
the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death.
4 The flood breaketh out from the inhabitant; even the waters
forgotten of the foot: they are dried up, they are gone away
5 As for the earth, out of it cometh bread: and under it is
turned up as it were fire.
6 The stones of it are the place of sapphires: and it hath dust
7 There is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture's
eye hath not seen:
8 The lion's whelps have not trodden it, nor the fierce lion
passed by it.
9 He putteth forth his hand upon the rock; he overturneth the
mountains by the roots.
10 He cutteth out rivers among the rocks; and his eye seeth
every precious thing.
11 He bindeth the floods from overflowing; and the thing that
is hid bringeth he forth to light.
12 But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of
13 Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in
the land of the living.
14 The depth saith, It is not in me: and the sea saith, It is
not with me.
15 It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed
for the price thereof.
16 It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious
onyx, or the sapphire.
17 The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange
of it shall not be for jewels of fine gold.
18 No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the
price of wisdom is above rubies.
19 The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it
be valued with pure gold.
20 Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding?
21 Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close
from the fowls of the air.
22 Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof
with our ears.
23 God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place
24 For he looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under
the whole heaven;
25 To make the weight for the winds; and he weigheth the waters
26 When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning
of the thunder:
27 Then did he see it, and declare it; he prepared it, yea,
and searched it out.
28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that
is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
1 Moreover Job
continued his parable, and said,
2 Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God
3 When his candle shined upon my head, and when by his light
I walked through darkness;
4 As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was
upon my tabernacle;
5 When the Almighty was yet with me, when my children were about
6 When I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured me
out rivers of oil;
7 When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared
my seat in the street!
8 The young men saw me, and hid themselves: and the aged arose,
and stood up.
9 The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their
10 The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to
the roof of their mouth.
11 When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye
saw me, it gave witness to me:
12 Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless,
and him that had none to help him.
13 The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me:
and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.
14 I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was
as a robe and a diadem.
15 I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame.
16 I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not
I searched out.
17 And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil
out of his teeth.
18 Then I said, I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply
my days as the sand.
19 My root was spread out by the waters, and the dew lay all
night upon my branch.
20 My glory was fresh in me, and my bow was renewed in my hand.
21 Unto me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my
22 After my words they spake not again; and my speech dropped
23 And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their
mouth wide as for the latter rain.
24 If I laughed on them, they believed it not; and the light
of my countenance they cast not down.
25 I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king
in the army, as one that comforteth the mourners.
1 But now they
that are younger than I have me in derision, whose fathers I
would have disdained to have set with the dogs of my flock.
2 Yea, whereto might the strength of their hands profit me,
in whom old age was perished?
3 For want and famine they were solitary; fleeing into the wilderness
in former time desolate and waste.
4 Who cut up mallows by the bushes, and juniper roots for their
5 They were driven forth from among men, (they cried after them
as after a thief;)
6 To dwell in the clifts of the valleys, in caves of the earth,
and in the rocks.
7 Among the bushes they brayed; under the nettles they were
8 They were children of fools, yea, children of base men: they
were viler than the earth.
9 And now am I their song, yea, I am their byword.
10 They abhor me, they flee far from me, and spare not to spit
in my face.
11 Because he hath loosed my cord, and afflicted me, they have
also let loose the bridle before me.
12 Upon my right hand rise the youth; they push away my feet,
and they raise up against me the ways of their destruction.
13 They mar my path, they set forward my calamity, they have
14 They came upon me as a wide breaking in of waters: in the
desolation they rolled themselves upon me.
15 Terrors are turned upon me: they pursue my soul as the wind:
and my welfare passeth away as a cloud.
16 And now my soul is poured out upon me; the days of affliction
have taken hold upon me.
17 My bones are pierced in me in the night season: and my sinews
take no rest.
18 By the great force of my disease is my garment changed: it
bindeth me about as the collar of my coat.
19 He hath cast me into the mire, and I am become like dust
20 I cry unto thee, and thou dost not hear me: I stand up, and
thou regardest me not.
21 Thou art become cruel to me: with thy strong hand thou opposest
thyself against me.
22 Thou liftest me up to the wind; thou causest me to ride upon
it, and dissolvest my substance.
23 For I know that thou wilt bring me to death, and to the house
appointed for all living.
24 Howbeit he will not stretch out his hand to the grave, though
they cry in his destruction.
25 Did not I weep for him that was in trouble? was not my soul
grieved for the poor?
26 When I looked for good, then evil came unto me: and when
I waited for light, there came darkness.
27 My bowels boiled, and rested not: the days of affliction
28 I went mourning without the sun: I stood up, and I cried
in the congregation.
29 I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls.
30 My skin is black upon me, and my bones are burned with heat.
31 My harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the
voice of them that weep.