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“But where shall wisdom be found?

And where is the place of understanding?


Mortals do not know the way to it,

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


The deep says, ‘It is not in me,’

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


It cannot be gotten for gold,

and silver cannot be weighed out as its price.


It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir,

in precious onyx or sapphire.


Gold and glass cannot equal it,

nor can it be exchanged for jewels of fine gold.


No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal;

the price of wisdom is above pearls.


The chrysolite of Ethiopia cannot compare with it,

nor can it be valued in pure gold.



“Where then does wisdom come from?

And where is the place of understanding?


It is hidden from the eyes of all living,

and concealed from the birds of the air.


Abaddon and Death say,

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



“God understands the way to it,

and he knows its place.


For he looks to the ends of the earth,

and sees everything under the heavens.


When he gave to the wind its weight,

and apportioned out the waters by measure;


when he made a decree for the rain,

and a way for the thunderbolt;


then he saw it and declared it;

he established it, and searched it out.


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 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.