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Interlude: Where Wisdom Is Found

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“Surely there is a mine for silver,

and a place for gold to be refined.

2

Iron is taken out of the earth,

and copper is smelted from ore.

3

Miners put an end to darkness,

and search out to the farthest bound

the ore in gloom and deep darkness.

4

They open shafts in a valley away from human habitation;

they are forgotten by travelers,

they sway suspended, remote from people.

5

As for the earth, out of it comes bread;

but underneath it is turned up as by fire.

6

Its stones are the place of sapphires,

and its dust contains gold.

 

7

“That path no bird of prey knows,

and the falcon’s eye has not seen it.

8

The proud wild animals have not trodden it;

the lion has not passed over it.

 

9

“They put their hand to the flinty rock,

and overturn mountains by the roots.

10

They cut out channels in the rocks,

and their eyes see every precious thing.

11

The sources of the rivers they probe;

hidden things they bring to light.

 

12

“But where shall wisdom be found?

And where is the place of understanding?

13

Mortals do not know the way to it,

and it is not found in the land of the living.

14

The deep says, ‘It is not in me,’

and the sea says, ‘It is not with me.’

15

It cannot be gotten for gold,

and silver cannot be weighed out as its price.

16

It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir,

in precious onyx or sapphire.

17

Gold and glass cannot equal it,

nor can it be exchanged for jewels of fine gold.

18

No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal;

the price of wisdom is above pearls.

19

The chrysolite of Ethiopia cannot compare with it,

nor can it be valued in pure gold.

 

20

“Where then does wisdom come from?

And where is the place of understanding?

21

It is hidden from the eyes of all living,

and concealed from the birds of the air.

22

Abaddon and Death say,

‘We have heard a rumor of it with our ears.’

 

23

“God understands the way to it,

and he knows its place.

24

For he looks to the ends of the earth,

and sees everything under the heavens.

25

When he gave to the wind its weight,

and apportioned out the waters by measure;

26

when he made a decree for the rain,

and a way for the thunderbolt;

27

then he saw it and declared it;

he established it, and searched it out.

28

And he said to humankind,

‘Truly, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom;

and to depart from evil is understanding.’ ”

 


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Verses 1–11

Job maintained that the dispensations of Providence were regulated by the highest wisdom. To confirm this, he showed of what a great deal of knowledge and wealth men may make themselves masters. The caverns of the earth may be discovered, but not the counsels of Heaven. Go to the miners, thou sluggard in religion, consider their ways, and be wise. Let their courage and diligence in seeking the wealth that perishes, shame us out of slothfulness and faint-heartedness in labouring for the true riches. How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! How much easier, and safer! Yet gold is sought for, but grace neglected. Will the hopes of precious things out of the earth, so men call them, though really they are paltry and perishing, be such a spur to industry, and shall not the certain prospect of truly precious things in heaven be much more so?

Verses 12–19

Job here speaks of wisdom and understanding, the knowing and enjoying of God and ourselves. Its worth is infinitely more than all the riches in this world. It is a gift of the Holy Ghost which cannot be bought with money. Let that which is most precious in God's account, be so in ours. Job asks after it as one that truly desired to find it, and despaired of finding it any where but in God; any way but by Divine revelation. (Job 28:20-28)

Verses 20–28

There is a two-fold wisdom; one hid in God, which is secret, and belongs not to us; the other made known by him, and revealed to man. One day's events, and one man's affairs, have such reference to, and so hang one upon another, that He only, to whom all is open, and who sees the whole at one view, can rightly judge of every part. But the knowledge of God's revealed will is within our reach, and will do us good. Let man look upon this as his wisdom, To fear the Lord, and to depart from evil. Let him learn that, and he is learned enough. Where is this wisdom to be found? The treasures of it are hid in Christ, revealed by the word, received by faith, through the Holy Ghost. It will not feed pride or vanity, or amuse our vain curiosity. It teaches and encourages sinners to fear the Lord, and to depart from evil, in the exercise of repentance and faith, without desiring to solve all difficulties about the events of this life.




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