1750 Challoner Revision of the Douay-Rheims (DR)
1 There is a knowledge of natural things, 12 but wisdom is an excellent gift of God.
28:1 ¶ Silver hath beginnings of its veins, and gold hath a place wherein it is melted.
28:2 Iron is taken out of the earth, and stone melted with heat is turned into brass.
28:3 He hath set a time for darkness, and the end of all things he considereth, the stone also that is in the dark and the shadow of death.
28:4 The flood divideth from the people that are on their journey, those whom the food of the needy man hath forgotten, and who cannot be come at.
28:5 The land, out of which bread grew in its place, hath been overturned with fire.
28:6 The stones of it are the place of sapphires, and the clods of it are gold.
28:7 The bird hath not known the path, neither hath the eye of the vulture beheld it.
28:8 The children of the merchants have not trodden it, neither hath the lioness passed by it.
28:9 He hath stretched forth his hand to the flint, he hath overturned mountains from the roots.
28:10 In the rocks he hath cut out rivers, and his eye hath seen every precious thing.
28:11 The depths also of rivers he hath searched, and hidden things he hath brought forth to light.
28:12 But where is wisdom to be found, and where is the place of understanding?
28:13 Man knoweth not the price thereof, neither is it found in the land of them that live in delights.
28:14 The depth saith: It is not in me: and the sea saith: It is not with me.
28:15 The finest gold shall not purchase it, neither shall silver be weighed in exchange for it.
28:16 It shall not be compared with the dyed colours of India, or with the most precious stone sardonyx, or the sapphire.
28:17 Gold or crystal cannot equal it, neither shall any vessels of gold be changed for it.
28:18 High and eminent things shall not be mentioned in comparison of it: but wisdom is drawn out of secret places.
28:19 The topaz of Ethiopia shall not be equal to it, neither shall it be compared to the cleanest dyeing.
28:20 Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding?
28:21 It is hid from the eyes of all living, and the fowls of the air know it not.
28:22 Destruction and death have said: With our ears we have heard the fame thereof.
28:23 God understandeth the way of it, and he knoweth the place thereof.
28:24 For he beholdeth the ends of the world: and looketh on all things that are under heaven.
28:25 Who made a weight for the winds, and weighed the waters by measure.
28:26 When he gave a law for the rain, and a way for the sounding storms.
28:27 Then he saw it, and declared, and prepared, and searched it.
28:28 And he said to man: Behold the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom: and to depart from evil, is understanding.
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