Mining and Wisdom

“Man puts his hand to the flinty rock
and overturns mountains by the roots.He cuts out channels in the rocks,
and his eye sees every precious thing.He dams up the streams so that they do not trickle,
and the thing that is hidden he brings out to light.“But where shall wisdombe found?
And where is the place of understanding?Man does not know its worth,
and it is not found in the land of the living.” Job 28:9-13.I don’t know if Job already knew these things about wisdom, or if you have to go through hard times to start having these thoughts. But I did find it interesting that people mined for gold and for precious stones in the times of Job. And that they dammed Rivers. I suspect it required some wisdom before even starting such projects.Job eventually concludes that it is the fear of the Lord that is the beginning of wisdom. It is something elemental; something foundational to everything else.

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