28 “There is a place to mine silver
And a place for gold that they refine;+
2 Iron is taken from the ground,
4 He sinks a shaft far from where people reside,
In forgotten places, far from where people walk;
Some men descend and swing suspended.
6 There in the stones is sapphire,
And the dust contains gold.
7 No bird of prey knows the path to it;
The eye of a black kite has not seen it.
8 No majestic beasts have trodden on it;
The young lion has not prowled there.
9 Man strikes the flinty rock with his hand;
He overturns the mountains at their foundation.
11 He dams up the sources of rivers
And brings what was hidden to the light.
14 The deep waters say, ‘It is not in me!’
And the sea says, ‘It is not with me!’+
For a bagful of wisdom is worth more than one full of pearls.
And concealed from the birds of the heavens.
22 Destruction and death say,
‘Our ears have heard only a report of it.’
23 God understands the way to find it;
He alone knows where it resides,+
24 For he looks to the ends of the earth,
And he sees everything under the heavens.+
And measured out the waters,+
And a path for the thunderous storm cloud,+
27 Then he saw wisdom and explained it;
He established and tested it.
28 And he said to man: