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Job 28 - NIV

Interlude: Where Wisdom Is Found


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[a] the sources of the rivers
and bring hidden things to light.


But where can wisdom be found?
Where does understanding dwell?

13 No mortal comprehends its worth;
it cannot be found in the land of the living.

14 The deep says, “It is not in me”;
the sea says, “It is not with me.”

15 It cannot be bought with the finest gold,
nor can its price be weighed out in silver.

16 It cannot be bought with the gold of Ophir,
with precious onyx or lapis lazuli.

17 Neither gold nor crystal can compare with it,
nor can it be had for jewels of gold.

18 Coral and jasper are not worthy of mention;
the price of wisdom is beyond rubies.

19 The topaz of Cush cannot compare with it;
it cannot be bought with pure gold.


Where then does wisdom come from?
Where does understanding dwell?

21 It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing,
concealed even from the birds in the sky.

22 Destruction[b] and Death say,
“Only a rumor of it has reached our ears.”

23 God understands the way to it
and he alone knows where it dwells,

24 for he views the ends of the earth
and sees everything under the heavens.

25 When he established the force of the wind
and measured out the waters,

26 when he made a decree for the rain
and a path for the thunderstorm,

27 then he looked at wisdom and appraised it;
he confirmed it and tested it.

28 And he said to the human race,
“The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom,
and to shun evil is understanding.”


a. Job 28:11 Septuagint, Aquila and Vulgate; Hebrew They dam up
b. Job 28:22 Hebrew Abaddon

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Shared by: suresh manoharan on Sep, 2012
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Shared by: suresh manoharan on Mar, 2012
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Shared by: Wayne Lawson on Mar, 2011
Summary: When we were at our LOWEST STATE, it is there that God is able to work with us and help us SHED the things of this world that we can become truly dependent upon Him. It is during the Hardships of Life that we learn how to lean and depend on the Lord.
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Shared by: Bobby Stults on Feb, 2010
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Shared by: Bobby Stults on Feb, 2010
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Shared by: Gerald Steffy on Aug, 2009
Summary: True wisdom is more than knowledge, it is the right application of knowledge, especially a reverential awe and fear of our awesome God.
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Shared by: Darryl Klassen on May, 2009
Summary: The writer of Job explains to us the difference between human wisdom and the wisdom that comes from God. How do we find wisdom?
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Scripture: Job 28:1-28
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Tom Shepard avatar
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Shared by: Tom Shepard on Apr, 2008
Summary: This is a study into Job chapter twenty eight.
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Scripture: Job 28:1-28
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Shared by: David Smith on Nov, 2007
Summary: "The secret things belong to the Lord our God; but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law." ...
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Jon Daniels avatar
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Shared by: Jon Daniels on Aug, 2007
Summary: This message is included in a series from the book of Job.
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Searching for Wisdom
Shared by: James May on Jan, 2006
Summary: Where is wisdom found? Are we mining for it? It can’t be found where the riches of the world are found, in the earth. It can only be found in fearing God.
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