New American Standard Bible
"He deprives of intelligence the chiefs of the earth's people And makes them wander in a pathless waste.
King James Bible
He taketh away the heart of the chief of the people of the earth, and causeth them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way.
Darby Bible Translation
He taketh away the understanding of the chiefs of the people of the earth, and causeth them to wander in a pathless waste.
World English Bible
He takes away understanding from the chiefs of the people of the earth, and causes them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way.
Young's Literal Translation
Turning aside the heart Of the heads of the people of the land, And he causeth them to wander In vacancy -- no way!
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
He taketh away the heart - The word heart here evidently means mind, intelligence, wisdom; see the notes at Job 12:3.
Of the chief of the people - Hebrew "Heads of the people;" that is, of the rulers of the earth. The meaning is, that he leaves them to infatuated and distracted counsels. By withdrawing from them, he has power to frustrate their plans, and to leave them to an entire lack of wisdom; see the notes at Job 12:17.
And causeth them to wander in a wilderness - They are like persons in a vast waste of pathless sands without a waymark, a guide, or a path. The perplexity and confusion of the great ones of the earth could not be more strikingly represented than by the condition of such a lost traveler.
LibraryWhether 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 (Q, A). 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?
"He deprives the trusted ones of speech And takes away the discernment of the elders.
He pours contempt upon princes And makes them wander in a pathless waste.
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