Interlude: Where Wisdom Is Found
1“Surely there is a mine for silver,
and a place for gold to be refined.2Iron is taken out of the earth,
and copper is smelted from ore.3Miners put an end to darkness,
and search out to the farthest bound
the ore in gloom and deep darkness.4They open shafts in a valley away from human habitation;
they are forgotten by travelers,
they sway suspended, remote from people.5As for the earth, out of it comes bread;
but underneath it is turned up as by fire.6Its stones are the place of sapphires,
and its dust contains gold.
7“That path no bird of prey knows,
and the falcon's eye has not seen it.8The proud wild animals have not trodden it;
the lion has not passed over it.
9“They put their hand to the flinty rock,
and overturn mountains by the roots.10They cut out channels in the rocks,
and their eyes see every precious thing.11The sources of the rivers they probe;
hidden things they bring to light.