Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold where they fine it.
or, mine. the silver.
where they fine it
Iron is taken out of the earth, and brass is molten out of the stone.
He setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth out all perfection: the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death.
As for the earth, out of it cometh bread: and under it is turned up as it were fire.
out of it
The stones of it are the place of sapphires: and it hath dust of gold.
dust of gold
or, gold ore.
There is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture's eye hath not seen:
He putteth forth his hand upon the rock; he overturneth the mountains by the roots.
or, flint. he overturneth.
He cutteth out rivers among the rocks; and his eye seeth every precious thing.
every precious thing
He bindeth the floods from overflowing; and the thing that is hid bringeth he forth to light.
Heb. weeping. and the thing.
But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding?
Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living.
in the land
The depth saith, It is not in me: and the sea saith, It is not with me.
It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof.
It cannot be gotten for gold
Heb. Fine gold shall not be given for it.
It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire.
The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange of it shall not be for jewels of fine gold.
No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies.
The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold.
Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding?
Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air.
from the fowls
Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears.
God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof.
For he looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole heaven;
To make the weight for the winds; and he weigheth the waters by measure.
To make the weight, etc
God has given an atmosphere to the earth, which, possessing a certain degree of gravity perfectly suited to the necessities of all animals, vegetables, and fluids, should be the cause, in His hands, of preserving animal and vegetable life; for by it the blood circulates in the veins of animals, and the juices in the tubes of vegetables. Without this atmospheric pressure there could be no respiration; and the elasticity of the particles of air in animal and vegetable bodies, would rupture the vessels in which they are contained, and destroy both kinds of life.
He has exactly proportioned the aqueous surface of the earth to the terrene parts, for the purpose of evaporation, etc.
When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder:
Then did he see it, and declare it; he prepared it, yea, and searched it out.
or, number it. he prepared it.
And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.