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Job chapter 28

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Surely there is a mine for silver and a place where gold is refined.
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Iron is taken from the ground, and copper is smelted from ore.
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A miner puts an end to the darkness; he probes the deepest recesses for ore in the gloomy darkness.
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He cuts a shaft far from human habitation, [in places] unknown to those who walk above ground. Suspended far away from people, the miners swing back and forth.
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Food may come from the earth, but below the surface the earth is transformed as by fire.
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Its rocks are a source of sapphire, containing flecks of gold.
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No bird of prey knows that path; no falcon's eye has seen it.
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Proud beasts have never walked on it; no lion has ever prowled over it.
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The miner strikes the flint and transforms the mountains at [their] foundations.
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He cuts out channels in the rocks, and his eyes spot every treasure.
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He dams up the streams from flowing so that he may bring to light what is hidden.
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But where can wisdom be found, and where is understanding located?
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No man can know its value, since it cannot be found in the land of the living.
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The ocean depths say, "It's not in me," while the sea declares, "I don't have it."
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Gold cannot be exchanged for it, and silver cannot be weighed out for its price.
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Wisdom cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir, in precious onyx or sapphire.
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Gold and glass do not compare with it, and articles of fine gold cannot be exchanged for it.
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Coral and quartz are not worth mentioning. The price of wisdom is beyond pearls.
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Topaz from Cush cannot compare with it, and it cannot be valued in pure gold.
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Where then does wisdom come from, and where is understanding located?
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It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing and concealed from the birds of the sky.
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Abaddon and Death say, "We have heard news of it with our ears."
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But God understands the way to wisdom, and He knows its location.
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For He looks to the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens.
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When God fixed the weight of the wind and limited the water by measure,
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when He established a limit for the rain and a path for the lightning,
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He considered wisdom and evaluated it; He established it and examined it.
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He said to mankind, "Look! The fear of the Lord-- that is wisdom, and to turn from evil is understanding."

Job chapter 29

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Job continued his discourse, saying:
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If only I could be as in months gone by, in the days when God watched over me,
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when His lamp shone above my head, and I walked through darkness by His light!
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[I would be] as I was in the days of my youth when God's friendship rested on my tent,
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when the Almighty was still with me and my children were around me,
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when my feet were bathed in cream and the rock poured out streams of oil for me!
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When I went out to the city gate and took my seat in the town square,
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the young men saw me and withdrew, while older men stood to their feet.
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City officials stopped talking and covered their mouths with [their] hands.
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The noblemen's voices were hushed, and their tongues stuck to the roof of their mouths.
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When they heard me, they blessed me, and when they saw me, they spoke well of me.
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For I rescued the poor man who cried out for help, and the fatherless child who had no one to support him.
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The dying man blessed me, and I made the widow's heart rejoice.
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I clothed myself in righteousness, and it enveloped me; my just decisions were like a robe and a turban.
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I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame.
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I was a father to the needy, and I examined the case of the stranger.
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I shattered the fangs of the unjust and snatched the prey from his teeth.
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So I thought: I will die in my own nest and multiply [my] days as the sand.
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My roots will have access to water, and the dew will rest on my branches all night.
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My strength will be refreshed within me, and my bow will be renewed in my hand.
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Men listened to me with expectation, waiting silently for my advice.
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After a word from me they did not speak again; my speech settled on them [like dew].
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They waited for me as for the rain and opened their mouths as for spring showers.
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If I smiled at them, they couldn't believe [it]; they were thrilled at the light of my countenance.
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I directed their course and presided as chief. I lived as a king among his troops, like one who comforts those who mourn.

Job chapter 30

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But now they mock me, men younger than I am, whose fathers I would have refused to put with my sheep dogs.
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What use to me was the strength of their hands? Their vigor had left them.
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Emaciated from poverty and hunger, they gnawed the dry land, the desolate wasteland by night.
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They plucked mallow among the shrubs, and the roots of the broom tree were their food.
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They were expelled from human society; people shouted at them as [if they were] thieves.
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They are living on the slopes of the wadis, among the rocks and in holes in the ground.
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They bray among the shrubs; they huddle beneath the thistles.
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Foolish men, without even a name! They were forced to leave the land.
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Now I am mocked by their songs; I have become an object of scorn to them.
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They despise me and keep their distance from me; they do not hesitate to spit in my face.
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Because God has loosened my bowstring and oppressed me, they have cast off restraint in my presence.
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The rabble rise up at my right; they trap my feet and construct their siege ramp against me.
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They tear up my path; they contribute to my destruction, without anyone to help them.
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They advance as through a gaping breach; they keep rolling in through the ruins.
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Terrors are turned loose against me; they chase my dignity away like the wind, and my prosperity has passed by like a cloud.
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Now my life is poured out before my [eyes], and days of suffering have seized me.
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Night pierces my bones, and my gnawing pains never abate.
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My clothing is distorted with great force; He chokes me by the neck of my garment.
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He throws me into the mud, and I have become like dust and ashes.
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I cry out to You for help, but You do not answer me; when I stand up, You [merely] look at me.
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You have turned against me with cruelty; You harass me with Your strong hand.
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You lift me up on the wind and make me ride [it]; You scatter me in the storm.
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Yes, I know that You will lead me to death-- the place appointed for all who live.
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Yet no one would stretch out [his] hand against a ruined man when he cries out to him for help because of his distress.
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Have I not wept for those who have fallen on hard times? Has my soul not grieved for the needy?
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But when I hoped for good, evil came; when I looked for light, darkness came.
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I am churning within and cannot rest; days of suffering confront me.
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I walk about blackened, but not by the sun. I stood in the assembly and cried out for help.
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I have become a brother to jackals and a companion of ostriches.
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My skin blackens and flakes off, and my bones burn with fever.
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My lyre is [used] for mourning and my flute for the sound of weeping.