Job 28
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1  There is a mine for silver, And a place where gold is refined.

א  כִּי יֵשׁ לַכֶּסֶף מוֹצָא וּמָקוֹם לַזָּהָב יָזֹקּוּ׃

2  Iron is taken out of the earth, And copper smelted from rock.

ב  בַּרְזֶל מֵעָפָר יֻקָּח וְאֶבֶן יָצוּק נְחוּשָׁה׃

3  He sets bounds for darkness; To every limit man probes, To rocks in deepest darkness.

ג  קֵץ שָׂם לַחֹשֶׁךְ וּלְכָל־תַּכְלִית הוּא חוֹקֵר אֶבֶן אֹפֶל וְצַלְמָוֶת׃

4  They open up a shaft far from where men live, [In places] forgotten by wayfarers, Destitute of men, far removed.

ד  פָּרַץ נַחַל מֵעִם־גָּר הַנִּשְׁכָּחִים מִנִּי־רָגֶל דַּלּוּ מֵאֱנוֹשׁ נָעוּ׃

5  Earth, out of which food grows, Is changed below as if into fire.

ה  אֶרֶץ מִמֶּנָּה יֵצֵא־לָחֶם וְתַחְתֶּיהָ נֶהְפַּךְ כְּמוֹ־אֵשׁ׃

6  Its rocks are a source of sapphires; It contains gold dust too.

ו  מְקוֹם־סַפִּיר אֲבָנֶיהָ וְעַפְרֹת זָהָב לוֹ׃

7  No bird of prey knows the path to it; The falcon’s eye has not gazed upon it.

ז  נָתִיב לֹא־יְדָעוֹ עָיִט וְלֹא שְׁזָפַתּוּ עֵין אַיָּה׃

8  The proud beasts have not reached it; The lion has not crossed it.

ח  לֹא־הִדְרִיכֻהוּ בְנֵי־שָׁחַץ לֹא־עָדָה עָלָיו שָׁחַל׃

9  Man sets his hand against the flinty rock And overturns mountains by the roots.

ט  בַּחַלָּמִישׁ שָׁלַח יָדוֹ הָפַךְ מִשֹּׁרֶשׁ הָרִים׃

10  He carves out channels through rock; His eyes behold every precious thing.

י  בַּצּוּרוֹת יְאֹרִים בִּקֵּעַ וְכָל־יְקָר רָאֲתָה עֵינוֹ׃

11  He dams up the sources of the streams So that hidden things may be brought to light.

יא  מִבְּכִי נְהָרוֹת חִבֵּשׁ וְתַעֲלֻמָהּ יֹצִא אוֹר׃

12  But where can wisdom be found; Where is the source of understanding?

יב  וְהַחָכְמָה מֵאַיִן תִּמָּצֵא וְאֵי זֶה מְקוֹם בִּינָה׃

13  No man can set a value on it; It cannot be found in the land of the living.

יג  לֹא־יָדַע אֱנוֹשׁ עֶרְכָּהּ וְלֹא תִמָּצֵא בְּאֶרֶץ הַחַיִּים׃

14  The deep says, “It is not in me”; The sea says, “I do not have it.”

יד  תְּהוֹם אָמַר לֹא בִי־הִיא וְיָם אָמַר אֵין עִמָּדִי׃

15  It cannot be bartered for gold; Silver cannot be paid out as its price.

טו  לֹא־יֻתַּן סְגוֹר תַּחְתֶּיהָ וְלֹא יִשָּׁקֵל כֶּסֶף מְחִירָהּ׃

16  The finest gold of Ophir cannot be weighed against it, Nor precious onyx, nor sapphire.

טז  לֹא־תְסֻלֶּה בְּכֶתֶם אוֹפִיר בְּשֹׁהַם יָקָר וְסַפִּיר׃

17  Gold or glass cannot match its value, Nor vessels of fine gold be exchanged for it.

יז  לֹא־יַעַרְכֶנָּה זָהָב וּזְכוֹכִית וּתְמוּרָתָהּ כְּלִי־פָז׃

18  Coral and crystal cannot be mentioned with it; A pouch of wisdom is better than rubies.

ra-MOT v’-ga-VEESH LO yi-za-KHAYR u-ME-shekh khokh-MAH mi-p’-nee-NEEM

יח  רָאמוֹת וְגָבִישׁ לֹא יִזָּכֵר וּמֶשֶׁךְ חָכְמָה מִפְּנִינִים׃

28:18   A pouch of wisdom is better than rubies

In several places, the Bible uses the ruby as an example of something precious. Sefer Mishlei (31:10) describes the worth of the “woman of valor” as “far beyond that of rubies,” and in this verse the value of wisdom is described as “better than rubies.” Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the twentieth century leader of the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic movement, once told former Haifa mayor Arie Gurel: “In Haifa, there is a sea. One shouldn’t become intimidated by something that is deep. This is the uniqueness of Haifa: It has a sea and there is a valley and in the valley are precious stones and gems. The Holy One, Blessed Be He, did a wondrous thing; He concealed them in the depths of the earth, and in any case, in the depth of the river.” Based on that conversation, a company called Shefa Yamim was started for the purpose of searching for precious stones near Haifa. Over the years, Shefa Yamim has discovered diamonds and other precious stones hidden in the land of Israel, among them rubies.Comment

19  Topaz from Nubia cannot match its value; Pure gold cannot be weighed against it.

יט  לֹא־יַעַרְכֶנָּה פִּטְדַת־כּוּשׁ בְּכֶתֶם טָהוֹר לֹא תְסֻלֶּה׃

20  But whence does wisdom come? Where is the source of understanding?

כ  וְהַחָכְמָה מֵאַיִן תָּבוֹא וְאֵי זֶה מְקוֹם בִּינָה׃

21  It is hidden from the eyes of all living Concealed from the fowl of heaven.

כא  וְנֶעֶלְמָה מֵעֵינֵי כָל־חָי וּמֵעוֹף הַשָּׁמַיִם נִסְתָּרָה׃

22  Abaddon and Death say, “We have only a report of it.”

כב  אֲבַדּוֹן וָמָוֶת אָמְרוּ בְּאָזְנֵינוּ שָׁמַעְנוּ שִׁמְעָהּ׃

23  Hashem understands the way to it; He knows its source;

כג  אֱלֹהִים הֵבִין דַּרְכָּהּ וְהוּא יָדַע אֶת־מְקוֹמָהּ׃

24  For He sees to the ends of the earth, Observes all that is beneath the heavens.

כד  כִּי־הוּא לִקְצוֹת־הָאָרֶץ יַבִּיט תַּחַת כָּל־הַשָּׁמַיִם יִרְאֶה׃

25  When He fixed the weight of the winds, Set the measure of the waters;

כה  לַעֲשׂוֹת לָרוּחַ מִשְׁקָל וּמַיִם תִּכֵּן בְּמִדָּה׃

26  When He made a rule for the rain And a course for the thunderstorms,

כו  בַּעֲשֹׂתוֹ לַמָּטָר חֹק וְדֶרֶךְ לַחֲזִיז קֹלוֹת׃

27  Then He saw it and gauged it; He measured it and probed it.

כז  אָז רָאָהּ וַיְסַפְּרָהּ הֱכִינָהּ וְגַם־חֲקָרָהּ׃

28  He said to man, “See! Fear of Hashem is wisdom; To shun evil is understanding.”

 

כח  וַיֹּאמֶר לָאָדָם הֵן יִרְאַת אֲדֹנָי הִיא חָכְמָה וְסוּר מֵרָע בִּינָה׃

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