Job 12:17
Good News Translation
He takes away the wisdom of rulers and makes leaders act like fools.

New Revised Standard Version
He leads counselors away stripped, and makes fools of judges.

Contemporary English Version
God shames counselors, turns judges into fools,

New American Bible
He sends counselors away barefoot, makes fools of judges.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He bringeth counsellors to a foolish end, and judges to insensibility.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

He bringeth counsellors to a foolish end, and judges to insensibility.

2 Samuel 15:31 And it was told David that Achitophel also was in the conspiracy with Absalom, and David said: Infatuate, O Lord, I beseech thee, the counsel of Achitophel.

2 Samuel 17:14,23 And Absalom, and all the men of Israel said: The counsel of Chusai the Arachite is better than the counsel of Achitophel: and by the will of the Lord the profitable counsel of Achitophel was defeated, that the Lord might bring evil upon Absalom. . . .

Isaiah 19:12-14 Where are now thy wise men? let them tell thee, and shew what the Lord of hosts hath purposed upon Egypt. . . .

Isaiah 29:14 Therefore behold I will proceed to cause an admiration in this people, by a great and wonderful miracle: for wisdom shall perish from their wise men, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.

1 Corinthians 1:19,20 For it is written: I will destroy the wisdom of the wise: and the prudence of the prudent I will reject. . . .

Job Responds to Zophar
16With him is strength and wisdom: he knoweth both the deceivers, and him that is deceived. 17He bringeth counsellors to a foolish end, and judges to insensibility.18He looseth the belt of kings, and girdeth their loins with a cord.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 1:20
Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

Job 3:14
With kings and consuls of the earth, who build themselves solitudes:

Job 9:24
The earth is given into the hand of the wicked, he covereth the face of the judges thereof: and if it be not he, who is it then?

Job 19:9
He hath stripped me of my glory, and hath taken the crown from my head.

Daniel 9:12
And he hath confirmed his words which he spoke against us, and against our princes that judged us, that he would bring in upon us a great evil, such as never was under all the heaven, according to that which hath been done in Jerusalem.

Job 12:16
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