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1 Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold [where] they fine [it].

2 Yron is taken out of the dust, and brasse is molten out of the stone.

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 from men.

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 of gold.

7 There is a path which no foule hath knowen, neyther hath the kites eye seene it.

8 The lyons whelpes haue not walked it, nor the lyon passed thereby.

9 He putteth forth his hand upon the rock; he overturneth the mountains by the roots.

10 He breaketh riuers in the rockes, and his eye seeth euery precious thing.

11 He bindeth the floods, that they doe not ouerflowe, and the thing that is hid, bringeth he to light.

12 But where shall wisdom be found? and where [is] the place of understanding?

13 Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living.

14 The depth sayth, It is not in mee: the sea also sayth, It is not with me.

15 It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed [for] the price thereof.

16 It shall not be valued with the wedge of golde of Ophir, nor with the precious onix, nor the saphir.

17 The golde nor the chrystall shall be equall vnto it, nor the exchange shalbe for plate of fine golde.

18 No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom [is] above rubies.

19 The Topaz of Ethiopia shal not be equall vnto it, neither shall it be valued with the wedge of pure gold.

20 Whence then commeth wisedome? And where is the place of vnderstanding,

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 haue heard the fame thereof with our eares.

23 God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof.

24 For he beholdeth the endes of the world, and seeth all that is vnder heauen,

25 To make the weight of the windes, and to weigh the waters by measure.

26 When he made a decree for the rayne, and a way for the lightening of the thunders,

27 Then did he see it, and counted it: he prepared it and also considered it.

28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that [is] wisdom; and to depart from evil [is] understanding.