Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

Job Chapters

1 Silver has its mines, and gold a place for refining.

2 Iron is extracted from the earth, the smelted rocks yield copper.

3 Man makes an end of darkness, to the utmost limit he digs the black rock in shadow dark as death.

4 Foreigners bore into ravines in unfrequented places, swinging suspended far from human beings.

5 That earth from which bread comes is ravaged underground by fire.

6 There, the rocks have veins of sapphire and their dust contains gold.

7 That is a path unknown to birds of prey, unseen by the eye of any vulture;

8 a path not trodden by the lordly beasts, where no lion ever walked.

9 Man attacks the flint, upturning mountains by their roots.

10 He cuts canals through the rock, on the watch for anything precious.

11 He explores the sources of rivers, bringing hidden things to light.

12 But where does Wisdom come from? Where is Intelligence to be found?

13 No human being knows the way to her, she is not to be found on earth where they live.

14 'She is not in me,' says the Abyss; 'Nor here,' replies the Sea.

15 She cannot be bought with solid gold, nor paid for with any weight of silver,

16 nor valued against gold of Ophir, precious agate or sapphire.

17 Neither gold nor glass compares with her, for her, a vase of fine gold would be no exchange,

18 let alone coral or crystal: better go fishing for Wisdom than for pearls!

19 Topaz from Cush is worthless in comparison, and gold, even refined, is valueless.

20 But where does Wisdom come from? Where is Intelligence to be found?

21 She cannot be seen by any living creature, she is hidden from the birds of the sky.

22 Perdition and Death both say, 'We have heard only rumours of her.'

23 God alone understands her path and knows where she is to be found.

24 (For he sees to the remotest parts of the earth, and observes all that lies under heaven.)

25 When he willed to give weight to the wind and measured out the waters with a gauge,

26 when he imposed a law on the rain and mapped a route for thunderclaps to follow,

27 then he saw and evaluated her, looked her through and through, assessing her.

28 Then he said to human beings, 'Wisdom? - that is fear of the Lord; Intelligence? - avoidance of evil.'


More Bible


Daily Readings

May 29th, 2016

Reading 1, First Kings 8:41-43: 41 'Even the foreigner, not belonging to your people ... Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 117:1, 2: 1 Alleluia! Praise Yahweh, all nations, extol him, ... Gospel, Luke 7:1-10: 1 When he had come to the end of all he wanted the people to hear, he ... ... continue reading

More Daily Readings

Daily Readings by Email

Daily Readings newsletter icon

Daily readings of the Mass. 7 days/week. See Sample


Required



New Jerusalem Bible

New Jerusalem Bible

The New Jerusalem Bible (NJB) is a Catholic translation of the Bible published in 1985. The New Jerusalem Bible (NJB) has become the most widely used Roman Catholic Bible outside of the United States. It has the imprimatur of Cardinal George Basil Hume.

Like its predecessor, the Jerusalem Bible, the New Jerusalem Bible (NJB) version is translated "directly from the Hebrew, Greek or Aramaic." The 1973 French translation, the Bible de Jerusalem, is followed only "where the text admits to more than one interpretation." Introductions and notes, with some modifications, are taken from the Bible de Jerusalem.

Source: The Very Reverend Dom (Joseph) Henry Wansbrough, OSB, MA (Oxon), STL (Fribourg), LSS (Rome), a monk of Ampleforth Abbey and a biblical scholar. He was General Editor of the New Jerusalem Bible. "New Jerusalem Bible, Regular Edition", pg. v.

Old Testament

New Testament

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • Your Daily Inspirational Meme: He will never leave you
  • Advent Prayer HD Video
  • Daily Readings for Sunday, May 29, 2016
  • Woman diagnosed with 'nightmare bacteria' in US
  • Daily Reading for Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 HD Video
  • WARNING: Exorcist claims demon is targeting families
  • St. Maximinus of Trier: Saint of the Day for Sunday, May 29, 2016

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Kings 8:41-43
41 'Even the foreigner, not belonging to your people Israel but coming ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 117:1, 2
1 Alleluia! Praise Yahweh, all nations, extol him, all ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 7:1-10
1 When he had come to the end of all he wanted the people to hear, he ... Read More

Reading 2, Galatians 1:1-2, 6-10
1 From Paul, an apostle appointed not by human beings nor through any ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for May 29th, 2016 Image

St. Maximinus of Trier
May 29: Bishop of Trier, Germany, from 332, and a miracle ... Read More