Job begins his speech with a discourse on how men seek for gold and jewels in the earth and under the mountains. He then turns his attention to the quest for wisdom. Even though men can find gold and jewels in the earth, they have difficulty finding wisdom. It is not in the sea, and it is worth more than all the jewels or gold that can be found. No one, not men or birds, nor death and destruction, know the place of wisdom. Only God understands its ways. He weighs the wind, and measures the waters, makes laws for rain and a path for the thunderbolt. He ends up the chapter with this statement:
28 And to man He said,
‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom,
And to depart from evil is understanding.’ ”
This statement on wisdom speaks for itself. Wisdom is from God, is declared by God, and is to know God and depart from evil.