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The siluer surely hath his veyne, and ye gold his place, where they take it.
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Yron is taken out of the dust, and brasse is molten out of the stone.
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God putteth an end to darkenesse, and he tryeth the perfection of all things: he setteth a bond of darkenesse, and of the shadowe of death.
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The flood breaketh out against the inhabitant, and the waters forgotten of the foote, being higher then man, are gone away.
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Out of the same earth commeth bread, & vnder it, as it were fire is turned vp.
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The stones thereof are a place of saphirs, and the dust of it is golde.
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There is a path which no foule hath knowen, neyther hath the kites eye seene it.
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The lyons whelpes haue not walked it, nor the lyon passed thereby.
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He putteth his hand vpon the rockes, & ouerthroweth the mountaines by the rootes.
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He breaketh riuers in the rockes, and his eye seeth euery precious thing.
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He bindeth the floods, that they doe not ouerflowe, and the thing that is hid, bringeth he to light.
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But where is wisdome found?
and where is the place of vnderstanding?
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Man knoweth not the price thereof: for it is not found in the land of the liuing.
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The depth sayth, It is not in mee: the sea also sayth, It is not with me.
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Golde shall not be giuen for it, neyther shall siluer be weighed for the price thereof.
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It shall not be valued with the wedge of golde of Ophir, nor with the precious onix, nor the saphir.
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The golde nor the chrystall shall be equall vnto it, nor the exchange shalbe for plate of fine golde.
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No mention shall be made of coral, nor of the gabish: for wisedome is more precious then pearles.
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The Topaz of Ethiopia shal not be equall vnto it, neither shall it be valued with the wedge of pure gold.
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Whence then commeth wisedome?
And where is the place of vnderstanding,
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Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all the liuing, and is hid from the foules of the heauen?
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Destruction and death say, We haue heard the fame thereof with our eares.
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But God vnderstandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof.
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For he beholdeth the endes of the world, and seeth all that is vnder heauen,
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To make the weight of the windes, and to weigh the waters by measure.
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When he made a decree for the rayne, and a way for the lightening of the thunders,
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Then did he see it, and counted it: he prepared it and also considered it.
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And vnto man he said, Behold, the feare of the Lord is wisedome, and to depart from euil is vnderstanding.