Job 12:19
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New American Standard Bible
"He makes priests walk barefoot And overthrows the secure ones.

King James Bible
He leadeth princes away spoiled, and overthroweth the mighty.

Darby Bible Translation
He leadeth priests away spoiled, and overthroweth the mighty;

World English Bible
He leads priests away stripped, and overthrows the mighty.

Young's Literal Translation
Causing ministers to go away a spoil And strong ones He overthroweth.

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

He leadeth princes away spoiled - That is, plundered. The word here rendered "princes" כהנים kôhênı̂ym means properly priests, and it is usually so rendered in the Scriptures. The ancient Hebrew interpreters suppose that the word sometimes also means prince. The Chaldee paraphrasist has not unfrequently so rendered it, using the word רבא to express it; Genesis 41:45; Psalm 110:4. In this place, the Vulgate renders it, "sacerdotes;" and the Septuagint, ἱερεῖς hiereis, "priests." So Luther renders it, "Priester." So Castellio. It can be applied to princes or statesmen only because priests were frequently engaged in performing the functions of civil officers, and were in fact to a certain extent officers of the government. But it seems to me that it is to be taken in its usual signification, and that it means that even the ministers of religion were at the control of God, and were subject to the same reverses as other people of distinction and power.

And overthroweth - The word used here (סלף sâlaph) has the notion of slipping, or gliding. So in Arabic, the word means to slip by, and to besmear; see Proverbs 13:6 : "Wickedness overthroweth תסלף tesâlaph, causes to slip) the sinner;" compare Proverbs 21:12; Proverbs 22:12. Here it means to overthrow, to prostrate. The most mighty chieftains cannot stand firm before him, but they glide away and fall.

Job 12:19 Parallel Commentaries

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
Job 19:9
"He has stripped my honor from me And removed the crown from my head.

Job 21:7
"Why do the wicked still live, Continue on, also become very powerful?

Job 22:8
"But the earth belongs to the mighty man, And the honorable man dwells in it.

Job 24:22
"But He drags off the valiant by His power; He rises, but no one has assurance of life.

Job 34:20
"In a moment they die, and at midnight People are shaken and pass away, And the mighty are taken away without a hand.

Job 34:24
"He breaks in pieces mighty men without inquiry, And sets others in their place.

Job 35:9
"Because of the multitude of oppressions they cry out; They cry for help because of the arm of the mighty.

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