1 There is wisdom that gold cannot buy,
Nor may silver be weighed for its price;
Nor will onyx and ruby, or crystal and pearl,
Precious jewels or coral suffice.
Where shall wisdom be found?
And the place of understanding, who can know?
Behold! the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom,
And to depart from evil is understanding.
2 Thro’ the land of the living we search,
And we sound in the depths of the sea;
But the breadth and the depth ne’er respond to our quest,
Where the secret of wisdom may be. [Refrain]
3 And we ask of the birds of the air,
Of the wind, and the lightning on high;
But the rumor and fame and the mention thereof,
Only flash from the clouds of the sky. [Refrain]
4 In the fear of the Lord it is found,
In departing from evil and sin;
In receiving the Saviour, the Wisdom of God,
Doth the way into wisdom begin. [Refrain]
Source: The Voice of Thanksgiving No. 2 #64