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Man's industry searcheth out many things: true wisdom is taught by God alone.

[1] Silver hath beginnings of its veins, and gold hath a place wherein it is melted. [2] Iron is taken out of the earth, and stone melted with heat is turned into brass. [3] He hath set a time for darkness, and the end of all things he considereth, the stone also that is in the dark and the shadow of death. [4] The flood divideth from the people that are on their journey, those whom the food of the needy man hath forgotten, and who cannot be come at. [5] The land, out of which bread grew in its place, hath been overturned with fire.

[6] The stones of it are the place of sapphires, and the clods of it are gold. [7] The bird hath not known the path, neither hath the eye of the vulture beheld it. [8] The children of the merchants have not trodden it, neither hath the lioness passed by it. [9] He hath stretched forth his hand to the flint, he hath overturned mountains from the roots. [10] In the rocks he hath cut out rivers, and his eye hath seen every precious thing.

[11] The depths also of rivers he hath searched, and hidden things he hath brought forth to light. [12] But where is wisdom to be found, and where is the place of understanding? [13] Man knoweth not the price thereof, neither is it found in the land of them that live in delights. [14] The depth saith: It is not in me: and the sea saith: It is not with me. [15] The finest gold shall not purchase it, neither shall silver be weighed in exchange for it.

[16] It shall not be compared with the dyed colours of India, or with the most precious stone sardonyx, or the sapphire. [17] Gold or crystal cannot equal it, neither shall any vessels of gold be changed for it. [18] High and eminent things shall not be mentioned in comparison of it: but wisdom is drawn out of secret places. [19] The topaz of Ethiopia shall not be equal to it, neither shall it be compared to the cleanest dyeing. [20] Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding?

[21] It is hid from the eyes of all living. and the fowls of the air know it not. [22] Destruction and death have said: With our ears we have heard the fame thereof. [23] God understandeth the way of it, and he knoweth the place thereof. [24] For he beholdeth the ends of the world: and looketh on all things that are under heaven. [25] Who made a weight for the winds and weighed the waters by measure.

[26] When he gave a law for the rain, and a way for the sounding storms. [27] Then he saw it, and declared, and prepared, and searched it. [28] And he said to man: Behold the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom: and to depart from evil, is understanding.

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