1 Surely there is a vein for the silver,His purpose is to declare that man may attain in this world to various secrets of nature, but man is never able to comprehend the wisdom of God.and a place for gold [where] they fine [it].
2 Yron is taken out of the dust, and brasse is molten out of the stone.
3 He setteth an end to darkness,There is nothing but it is compassed within certain limits, and has an end, but God's wisdom.and searcheth out all perfection: the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death.
4 The flood breaketh out from theMeaning, him that dwells by it.inhabitant; [even the waters]Which a man cannot wade through.forgotten of the foot: they are dried up, they are gone away from men.
5 [As for] the earth, out of it comethThat is, come and underneath is brimstone or coal, which easily conceives fire.bread: and under it is turned up as it were fire.
6 The stones of it [are] the placeHe alludes to the mines and secrets of nature, which are under the earth, into which neither souls nor beasts can enter.of sapphires: and it hath dust of gold.
7 There is a path which no foule hath knowen, neyther hath the kites eye seene it.
8 The lyons whelpes haue not walked it, nor the lyon passed thereby.
9 He putteth forth his hand upon theAfter he has declared the wisdom of God in the secrets of nature he describes his power.rock; he overturneth the mountains by the roots.
10 He breaketh riuers in the rockes, and his eye seeth euery precious thing.
11 He bindeth the floods, that they doe not ouerflowe, and the thing that is hid, bringeth he to light.
12 But where shall wisdom be found?Though God's power and wisdom may be understood in earthly things, yet his heavenly wisdom cannot be attained to.and where [is] the place of understanding?
13 Man knoweth notIt is too high a thing for man to attain to in this world.the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living.
14 The depth sayth, It is not in mee: the sea also sayth, It is not with me.
15 It cannot be gotten forIt can neither be bought for gold nor precious stones, but is only the gift of God.gold, neither shall silver be weighed [for] the price thereof.
16 It shall not be valued with the wedge of golde of Ophir, nor with the precious onix, nor the saphir.
17 The golde nor the chrystall shall be equall vnto it, nor the exchange shalbe for plate of fine golde.
18 No mention shall be made of coral, or ofWhich was thought to be a king of precious stone.pearls: for the price of wisdom [is] above rubies.
19 The Topaz of Ethiopia shal not be equall vnto it, neither shall it be valued with the wedge of pure gold.
20 Whence then commeth wisedome? And where is the place of vnderstanding,
21 Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from theMeaning that there is no natural means by which man can attain heavenly wisdom: which he means by the souls, that fly high.fowls of the air.
22 Destruction and death say, We haue heard the fame thereof with our eares.
23 God understandeth theHe makes God the only author of this wisdom, and the giver of it.way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof.
24 For he beholdeth the endes of the world, and seeth all that is vnder heauen,
25 To make the weight of the windes, and to weigh the waters by measure.
26 When he made a decree for the rayne, and a way for the lightening of the thunders,
27 Then did he see it, and counted it: he prepared it and also considered it.
28 And unto man he said, Behold, theHe declares that man has as much of this heavenly wisdom as he shows by fearing God and departing from evil.fear of the Lord, that [is] wisdom; and to depart from evil [is] understanding.