The Hidden Path
is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture's eye hath not
The lion's whelps have not
trodden it, nor the fierce lion passed by it.
He putteth forth his hand
upon the rock; he overturneth the mountains by the roots.
He cutteth out rivers among
the rocks; and his eye seeth every precious thing.
He bindeth the floods from
overflowing; and the thing that is hid bringeth he forth to light.
But where shall wisdom be
found? and where is the place of understanding?
Man knoweth not the price
thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living.
The depth saith, It is not
in me: and the sea saith, It is not with me.
It cannot be gotten for
gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof.
It cannot be valued with the
gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire.
The gold and the crystal
cannot equal it: and the exchange of it shall not be for jewels of fine
No mention shall be made of
coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies.
The topaz of Ethiopia shall
not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold.
then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding?
Seeing it is hid from the
eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air.
Destruction and death say,
We have heard the fame thereof with our ears.
God understandeth the way
thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof.
For he looketh to the ends
of the earth, and seeth under the whole heaven;
To make the weight for the
winds; and he weigheth the waters by measure.
When he made a decree for
the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder:
Then did he see it, and
declare it; he prepared it, yea, and searched it out.
unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is
to depart from evil is understanding.