Job 12:18
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New American Standard Bible
"He loosens the bond of kings And binds their loins with a girdle.

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

Darby Bible Translation
He weakeneth the government of kings, and bindeth their loins with a fetter;

World English Bible
He loosens the bond of kings. He binds their waist with a belt.

Young's Literal Translation
The bands of kings He hath opened, And He bindeth a girdle on their loins.

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Commentary
Barnes' Notes on the Bible

He looseth the bond of kings - The bond of kings (מוּסר mûsâr) here means that by which they bind others. Their power over others he loosens or takes away.

And girdeth their loins with a girdle - That is, he girds them with a rope or cord, and leads them away as prisoners. The whole series of remarks here refers to the reverses and changes in the conditions of life. The meaning here is, that the bonds of authority which they imposed on others are unbound, and that their own loins are bound with a girdle, not a girdle of royal dignity and ornament, but such a one as they are bound with who are servants, or who travel. "Pict. Bib."

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Whether it is Necessary for Salvation to Believe Anything Above the Natural Reason?
Objection 1: It would seem unnecessary for salvation to believe anything above the natural reason. For the salvation and perfection of a thing seem to be sufficiently insured by its natural endowments. Now matters of faith, surpass man's natural reason, since they are things unseen as stated above ([2281]Q[1], A[4]). Therefore to believe seems unnecessary for salvation. Objection 2: Further, it is dangerous for man to assent to matters, wherein he cannot judge whether that which is proposed to him
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Whether Derision Can be a Mortal Sin?
Objection 1: It would seem that derision cannot be a mortal sin. Every mortal sin is contrary to charity. But derision does not seem contrary to charity, for sometimes it takes place in jest among friends, wherefore it is known as "making fun." Therefore derision cannot be a mortal sin. Objection 2: Further, the greatest derision would appear to be that which is done as an injury to God. But derision is not always a mortal sin when it tends to the injury of God: else it would be a mortal sin to relapse
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Cross References
Matthew 3:4
Now John himself had 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 with counselors of the earth, Who rebuilt ruins for themselves;

Job 12:21
"He pours contempt on nobles And loosens the belt of the strong.

Psalm 116:16
O LORD, surely I am Your servant, I am Your servant, the son of Your handmaid, You have loosed my bonds.

Isaiah 5:27
No one in it is weary or stumbles, None slumbers or sleeps; Nor is the belt at its waist undone, Nor its sandal strap broken.

Daniel 2:21
"It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men And knowledge to men of understanding.

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