Job 12:25
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English Standard Version
They grope in the dark without light, and he makes them stagger like a drunken man.

King James Bible
They grope in the dark without light, and he maketh them to stagger like a drunken man.

American Standard Version
They grope in the dark without light; And he maketh them to stagger like a drunken man.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They shall grope as in the dark, and not in the light, and he shall make them stagger like men that are drunk.

English Revised Version
They grope in the dark without light, and he maketh them to stagger like a drunken man.

Webster's Bible Translation
They grope in the dark without light, and he maketh them to stagger like a drunken man.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

It is unnecessary to understand כהנים, after 2 Samuel 8:18, of high officers of state, perhaps privy councillors; such priest-princes as Melchizedek of Salem and Jethro of Midian are meant. איטנים, which denotes inexhaustible, perennis, when used of waters, is descriptive of nations as invincible in might, Jeremiah 5:15, and of persons as firmly-rooted and stedfast. נאמנים, such as are tested, who are able to speak and counsel what is right at the fitting season, consequently the ready in speech and counsel. The derivation, proposed by Kimchi, from נאם, in the sense of diserti, would require the pointing נאמנים. טעם is taste, judgment, tact, which knows what is right and appropriate under the different circumstances of life, 1 Samuel 25:33. יקּח is used exactly as in Hosea 4:11. Job 12:21 is repeated verbatim, Psalm 107:40; the trilogy, Psalm 105-107, particularly Psalm 107, is full of passages similar to the second part of Isaiah and the book of Job (vid., Psalter, ii. 117). אפיקים (only here and Job 41:7) are the strong, from אפק, to hold together, especially to concentrate strength on anything. מזיח (only here, instead of מזח, not from מזח, which is an imaginary root, but from זחח, according to Frst equivalent to זקק, to lace, bind) is the girdle with which the garments were fastened and girded up for any great exertion, especially for desperate conflict (Isaiah 5:27). To make him weak or relaxed, is the same as to deprive of the ability of vigorous, powerful action. Every word is here appropriately used. This tottering relaxed condition is the very opposite of the intensity and energy which belongs to "the strong." All temporal and spiritual power is subject to God: He gives or takes it away according to His supreme will and pleasure.

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grope

Job 5:14 They meet with darkness in the day time, and grope in the noonday as in the night.

Genesis 19:11 And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great...

Deuteronomy 28:29 And you shall grope at noonday, as the blind gropes in darkness, and you shall not prosper in your ways...

Isaiah 59:10 We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noon day as in the night...

Acts 13:11 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is on you, and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun for a season...

1 John 2:11 But he that hates his brother is in darkness, and walks in darkness, and knows not where he goes...

maketh

Psalm 107:27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit's end.

Isaiah 19:14 The LORD has mingled a perverse spirit in the middle thereof: and they have caused Egypt to err in every work thereof...

Isaiah 24:20 The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage...

stagger. Heb. wander

Cross References
Job 5:14
They meet with darkness in the daytime and grope at noonday as in the night.

Job 18:6
The light is dark in his tent, and his lamp above him is put out.

Psalm 107:27
they reeled and staggered like drunken men and were at their wits' end.

Isaiah 24:20
The earth staggers like a drunken man; it sways like a hut; its transgression lies heavy upon it, and it falls, and will not rise again.

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