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1 For there is a place for the silver, whence it comes, and a place for the gold, whence it is refined. 2 For iron comes out of the earth, and brass is hewn out like stone. 3 He has set a bound to darkness, and he searches out every limit: a stone [is] darkness, and the shadow of death. 4 There is a cutting off the torrent by reason of dust: so they that forget the right way are weakened; they are removed from [among] men. 5 [As for] the earth, out of it shall come bread: under it has been turned up as it were fire. 6 Her stones are the place of the sapphire: and [her] dust [supplies] man with gold. 7 [There is] a path, the fowl has not known it, neither has the eye of the vulture seen it: 8 neither have the sons of the proud trodden it, a lion has not passed upon it. 9 He has stretched forth his hand on the sharp [rock], and turned up mountains by the roots: 10 and he has interrupted the whirlpools of rivers, and mine eye has seen every precious thing. 11 And he has laid bare the depths of rivers, and has brought his power to light. 12 But whence has wisdom been discovered? and what is the place of knowledge? 13 A mortal has not known its way, neither indeed has it been discovered among men. 14 The depth said, It is not in me: and the sea said, It is not with me. 15 One shall not give fine gold instead of it, neither shall silver be weighed in exchange for it. 16 Neither shall it be compared with gold of Sophir, with the precious onyx and sapphire. 17 Gold and crystal shall not be equaled to it, neither shall vessels of gold be its exchange. 18 Coral and fine pearl shall not be mentioned: but do thou esteem wisdom above the most precious things. 19 The topaz of Ethiopia shall not be equaled to it; it shall not be compared with pure gold. 20 Whence then is wisdom found? and of what kind is the place of understanding? 21 It has escaped the notice of every man, and has been hidden from the birds of the sky. 22 Destruction and Death said, We have heard the report of it. 23 God has well ordered the way of it, and he knows the place of it. 24 For he surveys the whole [earth] under heaven, knowing the things in the earth: 25 all that he has made; the weight of he winds, the measures of the water. 26 When he made [them], thus he saw and numbered them, and made a way for the pealing of the thunder. 27 Then he saw it, and declared it: he prepared it [and] traced it out. 28 And he said to man, Behold, godliness is wisdom: and to abstain from evil is understanding. ΕΣΤΙ γὰρ ἀργυρίῳ τόπος, ὅθεν γίνεται, τόπος δὲ χρυσίου, ὅθεν διηθεῖται. 2 σίδηρος μὲν γὰρ ἐκ γῆς γίνεται, χαλκὸς δὲ ἴσα λίθῳ λατομεῖται. 3 τάξιν ἔθετο σκότει, καὶ πᾶν πέρας αὐτὸς ἐξακριβάζεται, λίθος σκοτία καὶ σκιὰ θανάτου. 4 διακοπὴ χειμάρρου ἀπὸ κονίας, οἱ δὲ ἐπιλανθανόμενοι ὁδὸν δικαίαν ἠσθένησαν, ἐκ βροτῶν ἐσαλεύθησαν. 5 γῆ, ἐξ αὐτῆς ἐξελεύσεται ἄρτος, ὑποκάτω αὐτῆς ἐστράφη ὡσεὶ πῦρ. 6 τόπος σαπφείρου οἱ λίθοι αὐτῆς, καὶ χῶμα χρυσίον αὐτῷ. 7 τρίβος, οὐκ ἔγνω αὐτὴν πετεινόν, καὶ οὐ παρέβλεψεν αὐτὴν ὀφθαλμὸς γυπός· 8 καὶ οὐκ ἐπάτησαν αὐτὸν υἱοὶ ἀλαζόνων, οὐ παρῆλθεν ἐπ᾿ αὐτῆς λέων. 9 ἐν ἀκροτόμῳ ἐξέτεινε χεῖρα αὐτοῦ, κατέστρεψε δὲ ἐκ ῥιζῶν ὄρη· 10 δίνας δὲ ποταμῶν διέρρηξε, πᾶν δὲ ἔντιμον εἶδέ μου ὁ ὀφθαλμός. 11 βάθη δὲ ποταμῶν ἀνεκάλυψεν, ἔδειξε δὲ αὐτοῦ δύναμιν εἰς φῶς. 12 ἡ δὲ σοφία πόθεν εὑρέθη; ποῖος δὲ τόπος ἐστὶ τῆς ἐπιστήμης; 13 οὐκ οἶδε βροτὸς ὁδὸν αὐτῆς, οὐδὲ μὴ εὑρεθῇ ἐν ἀνθρώποις. 14 ἄβυσσος εἶπεν· οὐκ ἔνεστιν ἐν ἐμοί· καὶ ἡ θάλασσα εἶπεν· οὐκ ἔστι μετ᾿ ἐμοῦ. 15 οὐ δώσει συγκλεισμὸν ἀντ᾿ αὐτῆς, καὶ οὐ σταθήσεται ἀργύριον ἀντάλλαγμα αὐτῆς· 16 καὶ οὐ συμβασταχθήσεται χρυσίῳ ᾿Ωφίρ, ἐν ὄνυχι τιμίῳ καὶ σαπφείρῳ· 17 οὐκ ἰσωθήσεται αὐτῇ χρυσίον καὶ ὕαλος καὶ τὸ ἄλλαγμα αὐτῆς σκεύη χρυσᾶ· 18 μετέωρα καὶ γαβὶς οὐ μνησθήσεται, καὶ ἕλκυσον σοφίαν ὑπὲρ τὰ ἐσώτατα· 19 οὐκ ἰσωθήσεται αὐτῇ τοπάζιον Αἰθιοπίας, χρυσίῳ καθαρῷ οὐ συμβασταχθήσεται. 20 ἡ δὲ σοφία πόθεν εὑρέθη; ποῖος δὲ τόπος ἐστὶ τῆς συνέσεως; 21 λέληθε πάντα ἄνθρωπον καὶ ἀπὸ πετεινῶν τοῦ οὐρανοῦ ἐκρύβη· 22 ἡ ἀπώλεια καὶ ὁ θάνατος εἶπαν· ἀκηκόαμεν δὲ αὐτῆς τὸ κλέος. 23 ὁ Θεὸς εὖ συνέστησεν αὐτῆς τὴν ὁδόν, αὐτὸς δὲ οἶδε τὸν τόπον αὐτῆς· 24 αὐτὸς γὰρ τὴν ὑπ᾿ οὐρανὸν πᾶσαν ἐφορᾷ εἰδὼς τὰ ἐν τῇ γῇ πάντα, ἃ ἐποίησεν, 25 ἀνέμων σταθμὸν ὕδατος μέτρα· 26 ὅτι ἐποίησεν οὕτως, ἰδὼν ἠρίθμησε καὶ ὁδὸν ἐν τινάγματι φωνάς· 27 τότε εἶδεν αὐτὴν καὶ ἐξηγήσατο αὐτήν, ἑτοιμάσας ἐξιχνίασεν. 28 εἶπε δὲ ἀνθρώπῳ· ἰδοὺ ἡ θεοσέβειά ἐστι σοφία, τὸ δὲ ἀπέχεσθαι ἀπὸ κακῶν ἐστιν ἐπιστήμη.

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