28:1 For there is a mine for silver, and a place for gold which they refine.
28:2 Iron is taken out of the dust, and brass is molten out of the stone.
28:3 Man setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth out to the furthest bound the stones of thick darkness and of the shadow of death.
28:4 He breaketh open a shaft away from where men sojourn; they are forgotten of the foot that passeth by; they hang afar from men, they swing to and fro.
28:5 As for the earth, out of it cometh bread, and underneath it is turned up as it were by fire.
28:6 The stones thereof are the place of sapphires, and it hath dust of gold.
28:7 That path no bird of prey knoweth, neither hath the falcon's eye seen it;
28:8 The proud beasts have not trodden it, nor hath the lion passed thereby.
28:9 He putteth forth his hand upon the flinty rock; He overturneth the mountains by the roots.
28:10 He cutteth out channels among the rocks; and his eye seeth every precious thing.
28:11 He bindeth the streams that they trickle not; and the thing that is hid bringeth he forth to light.
28:12 But wisdom, where shall it be found? And where is the place of understanding?
28:13 Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living.
28:14 The deep saith: 'It is not in me'; and the sea saith: 'It is not with me.'
28:15 It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof.
28:16 It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire.
28:17 Gold and glass cannot equal it; neither shall the exchange thereof be vessels of fine gold.
28:18 No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal; yea, the price of wisdom is above rubies.
28:19 The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold.
28:20 Whence then cometh wisdom? And where is the place of understanding?
28:21 Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air.
28:22 Destruction and Death say: 'We have heard a rumor thereof with our ears.'
28:23 God understandeth the way thereof, and He knoweth the place thereof.
28:24 For He looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole heaven;
28:25 When He maketh a weight for the wind, and meteth out the waters by measure.
28:26 When He made a decree for the rain, and a way for the storm of thunders;
28:27 Then did He see it, and declare it; He established it, yea, and searched it out.
28:28 And unto man He said: 'Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.'