Job 28:1-11 New International Version

Man's Quest for Wisdom

28 1  There is a mine for silver and a place where gold is refined. 2  Iron is taken from the earth, and copper is smelted from ore. 3  Mortals put an end to the darkness; they search out the farthest recesses for ore in the blackest darkness. 4  Far from human dwellings they cut a shaft, in places untouched by human feet; far from other people they dangle and sway. 5  The earth, from which food comes, is transformed below as by fire; 6  lapis lazuli comes from its rocks, and its dust contains nuggets of gold. 7  No bird of prey knows that hidden path, no falcon's eye has seen it. 8  Proud beasts do not set foot on it, and no lion prowls there. 9  People assault the flinty rock with their hands and lay bare the roots of the mountains. 10  They tunnel through the rock; their eyes see all its treasures. 11  They search[1] the sources of the rivers and bring hidden things to light.


[1] 28:11 Septuagint, Aquila and Vulgate; Hebrew "They dam up"

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