Job 12:18
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English Standard Version
He looses the bonds of kings and binds a waistcloth on their hips.

King James Bible
He looseth the bond of kings, and girdeth their loins with a girdle.

American Standard Version
He looseth the bond of kings, And he bindeth their loins with a girdle.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He looseth the belt of kings, and girdeth their loins with a cord.

English Revised Version
He looseth the bond of kings, and bindeth their loins with a girdle.

Webster's Bible Translation
He looseth the bond of kings, and girdeth their loins with a girdle.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

11 Shall not the ear try sayings,

As the palate tasteth food?

12 Among the ancients is wisdom,

And long life is understanding.

13 With Him is wisdom and strength;

Counsel and understanding are His.

The meaning of Job 12:11 is, that the sayings (מלּין, Job 8:10, comp. Job 5:27) of the ancients are not to be accepted without being proved; the waw in וחך is waw adaequationis, as Job 5:7; Job 11:12, therefore equivalent to quemadmodum; it places together for comparison things that are analogous: The ear, which is used here like αἰθητήριον (Hebrews 5:14), has the task of searching out and testing weighty sayings, as the palate by tasting has to find out delicious and suitable food; this is indicated by לו, the dat. commodi. So far Job recognises the authority of these traditional sayings. At any rate, he adds (Job 12:12): wisdom is to be expected from the hoary-headed, and length of life is understanding, i.e., it accompanies length of life. "Length of days" may thus be taken as the subject (Ewald, Olsh.); but בּ may also, with the old translations and expositors, be carried forward from the preceding clause: ἐν δὲ πολλῷ βίῳ ἐπιστήμη (lxx). We prefer, as the most natural: long life is a school of understanding. But - such is the antithesis in Job 12:13 which belongs to this strophe - the highest possessor of wisdom, as of might, is God. Ewald inserts two self-made couplets before Job 12:12, which in his opinion are required both by the connection and "the structure of the strophe;" we see as little need for this interpolation here as before, Job 6:14. עמּו and לו, which are placed first for the sake of emphasis, manifestly introduce an antithesis; and it is evident from the antithesis, that the One who is placed in contrast to the many men of experience is God. Wisdom is found among the ancients, although their sayings are not to be always implicitly accepted; but wisdom belongs to God as an attribute of His nature, and indeed absolutely, i.e., on every side, and without measure, as the piling up of synonymous expressions implies: חכמה, which perceives the reason of the nature, and the reality of the existence, of things; עצה, which is never perplexed as to the best way of attaining its purpose; תּבוּנה, which can penetrate to the bottom of what is true and false, sound and corrupt (comp. 1 Kings 3:9); and also גּבוּרה, which is able to carry out the plans, purposes, and decisions of this wisdom against all hindrance and opposition.

In the strophe which follows, from his own observation and from traditional knowledge (Job 13:1), Job describes the working of God, as the unsearchably wise and the irresistibly mighty One, both among men and in nature.

Job 12:18 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

2 Chronicles 33:11-14 Why the LORD brought on them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns...

Jeremiah 52:31-34 And it came to pass in the seven and thirtieth year of the captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month...

Daniel 2:21 And he changes the times and the seasons: he removes kings, and sets up kings: he gives wisdom to the wise...

Revelation 19:16 And he has on his clothing and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

Cross References
Matthew 3:4
Now John wore a garment of camel's hair and a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.

Job 3:14
with kings and counselors of the earth who rebuilt ruins for themselves,

Job 12:21
He pours contempt on princes and loosens the belt of the strong.

Psalm 116:16
O LORD, I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your maidservant. You have loosed my bonds.

Isaiah 5:27
None is weary, none stumbles, none slumbers or sleeps, not a waistband is loose, not a sandal strap broken;

Daniel 2:21
He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding;

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