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Surely there is a veine for the siluer, and a place for golde where they fine it.
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Iron is taken out of the earth, and brasse is molten out of the stone.
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Hee setteth an ende to darkenesse, and searcheth out all perfection: the stones of darkenesse and the shadow of death.
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The floud breaketh out from the inhabitant;
euen the waters forgotten of the foote: they are dried vp, they are gone away from men.
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As for the earth, out of it commeth bread: and vnder it, is turned vp as it were fire.
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The stones of it are the place of Saphires: and it hath dust of golde.
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There is a path which no foule knoweth, and which the vulturs eye hath not seene.
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The lyons whelps haue not troden it, nor the fierce lyon passed by it.
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Hee putteth foorth his hand vpon the rocke;
hee ouerturneth the mountaines by the rootes.
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Hee cutteth out riuers among the rockes, and his eye seeth euery precious thing.
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He bindeth the flouds from ouerflowing, and the thing that is hid, bringeth he foorth to light.
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But where shall wisedome bee found?
And where is the place of vnderstanding?
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Man knoweth not the price thereof neither is it found in the land of the liuing.
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The depth saith, It is not in me: and the sea saith, It is not with me.
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It cannot be gotten for golde, neither shall siluer be weighed for the price thereof.
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It cannot be valued with the golde of Ophir, with the precious Onix, or the Saphire.
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The golde and the chrystall cannot equall it: and the exchange of it shall not be for iewels of fine golde.
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No mention shalbe made of Corall, or of Pearles: for the price of wisedome is aboue Rubies.
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The Topaze of Ethiopia shall not equall it, neither shall it be valued with pure golde.
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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 liuing, and kept close from the foules of the ayre.
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Destruction and death say, Wee haue heard the fame thereof with our eares.
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God vnderstandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof.
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For hee looketh to the endes of the earth, and seeth vnder the whole heauen:
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To make the weight for the windes, and he weigheth the waters by measure.
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When hee made a decree for the raine, and a way for the lightning of the thunder:
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Then did he see it, and declare it, he prepared it, yea and searched it out.
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And vnto man he said, Behold, the feare of the Lord, that is wisedome, and to depart from euill, is vnderstanding.