“The earth, from it comes food,
And underneath it is turned up as fire.
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
And do not return there without watering the earth
And making it bear and sprout,
And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
a land where you will eat food without scarcity, in which you will not lack anything; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper.
"Surely there is a mine for silver And a place where they refine gold. "Iron is taken from the dust, And copper is smelted from rock. "Man puts an end to darkness, And to the farthest limit he searches out The rock in gloom and deep shadow. read more.
"He sinks a shaft far from habitation, Forgotten by the foot; They hang and swing to and fro far from men. "The earth, from it comes food, And underneath it is turned up as fire.
"Pure gold cannot be given in exchange for it, Nor can silver be weighed as its price. "It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir, In precious onyx, or sapphire. "Gold or glass cannot equal it, Nor can it be exchanged for articles of fine gold. read more.
"Coral and crystal are not to be mentioned; And the acquisition of wisdom is above that of pearls. "The topaz of Ethiopia cannot equal it, Nor can it be valued in pure gold.
"The earth, from it comes food, And underneath it is turned up as fire. "Its rocks are the source of sapphires, And its dust contains gold.