Job 27-28

27Job again took up his discourse and said: 2“As God lives, who has taken away my right, and the Almighty, who has made my soul bitter, 3as long as my breath is in me and the spirit of God is in my nostrils, 4my lips will not speak falsehood, and my tongue will not utter deceit. 5Far be it from me to say that you are right; until I die I will not put away my integrity from me. 6I hold fast my righteousness, and will not let it go; my heart does not reproach me for any of my days.

7“May my enemy be like the wicked, and may my opponent be like the unrighteous. 8For what is the hope of the godless when God cuts them off, when God takes away their lives? 9Will God hear their cry when trouble comes upon them? 10Will they take delight in the Almighty? Will they call upon God at all times?

11I will teach you concerning the hand of God; that which is with the Almighty I will not conceal. 12All of you have seen it yourselves; why then have you become altogether vain? 13“This is the portion of the wicked with God, and the heritage that oppressors receive from the Almighty: 14If their children are multiplied, it is for the sword; and their offspring have not enough to eat. 15Those who survive them the pestilence buries, and their widows make no lamentation. 16Though they heap up silver like dust, and pile up clothing like clay— 17they may pile it up, but the just will wear it, and the innocent will divide the silver. 18They build their houses like nests, like booths made by sentinels of the vineyard. 19They go to bed with wealth, but will do so no more; they open their eyes, and it is gone. 20Terrors overtake them like a flood; in the night a whirlwind carries them off. 21The east wind lifts them up and they are gone; it sweeps them out of their place. 22It hurls at them without pity; they flee from its power in headlong flight. 23It claps its hands at them, and hisses at them from its place.

28“Surely there is a mine for silver, and a place for gold to be refined. 2Iron is taken out of the earth, and copper is smelted from ore. 3Miners put an end to darkness, and search out to the farthest bound the ore in gloom and deep darkness. 4They open shafts in a valley away from human habitation; they are forgotten by travelers, they sway suspended, remote from people. 5As for the earth, out of it comes bread; but underneath it is turned up as by fire. 6Its stones are the place of sapphires, and its dust contains gold. 7“That path no bird of prey knows, and the falcon’s eye has not seen it. 8The proud wild animals have not trodden it; the lion has not passed over it. 9“They put their hand to the flinty rock, and overturn mountains by the roots. 10They cut out channels in the rocks, and their eyes see every precious thing. 11The sources of the rivers they probe; hidden things they bring to light. 12“But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding? 13Mortals do not know the way to it, and it is not found in the land of the living.

14The deep says, ‘It is not in me,’ and the sea says, ‘It is not with me.’ 15It cannot be gotten for gold, and silver cannot be weighed out as its price. 16It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir, in precious onyx or sapphire. 17Gold and glass cannot equal it, nor can it be exchanged for jewels of fine gold. 18No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal; the price of wisdom is above pearls. 19The chrysolite of Ethiopia cannot compare with it, nor can it be valued in pure gold.

20“Where then does wisdom come from? And where is the place of understanding? 21It is hidden from the eyes of all living, and concealed from the birds of the air. 22Abaddon and Death say, ‘We have heard a rumor of it with our ears.’ 23“God understands the way to it, and he knows its place. 24For he looks to the ends of the earth, and sees everything under the heavens. 25When he gave to the wind its weight, and apportioned out the waters by measure; 26when he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the thunderbolt; 27then he saw it and declared it; he established it, and searched it out. 28And he said to humankind, ‘Truly, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.’”

From the oremus Bible Browser http://bible.oremus.org v2.2.8 14 July 2018.


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