Job 12:24
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New International Version
He deprives the leaders of the earth of their reason; he makes them wander in a trackless 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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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

He taketh away the heart of the chief - Suddenly deprives the leaders of great counsels, or mighty armies of courage; so that, panic-struck, they flee when none pursueth, or are confounded when about to enter on the accomplishment of important designs.

And causeth them to wander in a wilderness - A plain allusion to the journeyings of the Israelites in the deserts of Arabia, on their way to the promised land. Their chief, Aaron, had his courage all taken away by the clamors of the people; and so made them a molten calf to be the object of their worship, which defection from God was the cause of their wandering nearly forty years in the trackless wilderness. The reference is so marked, that it scarcely admits of a doubt; yet Houbigant and some others have called it in question, and suppose that those chiefs or heads of families which led out colonies into distant parts are principally intended. It answers too well to the case of the Israelites in the wilderness to admit of any other interpretation.

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He taketh

Job 12:20 He removes away the speech of the trusty, and takes away the understanding of the aged.

Job 17:4 For you have hid their heart from understanding: therefore shall you not exalt them.

Isaiah 6:9,10 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear you indeed, but understand not; and see you indeed, but perceive not...

Isaiah 19:1 The burden of Egypt. Behold, the LORD rides on a swift cloud, and shall come into Egypt...

Daniel 4:16,33 Let his heart be changed from man's, and let a beast's heart be given to him; and let seven times pass over him...

Hosea 7:11 Ephraim also is like a silly dove without heart: they call to Egypt, they go to Assyria.

and causeth

Psalm 107:4,40 They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in...

in a wilderness (Bethohoo, 'in chaos,' i.e. in a state of utter confusion; it is the same word which is employed in

Genesis 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep...

, to describe the chaotic state of the earth at the creation.)

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Whether, for Salvation, it is Necessary to Believe Anything which is Beyond Natural Reason
Whether, for Salvation, it is Necessary to Believe Anything which is Beyond Natural Reason We proceed to the third article thus: 1. It seems that for salvation it is not necessary to believe anything which is beyond natural reason. For it seems that what naturally belongs to a thing is sufficient for its salvation and perfection. Now the things of faith are beyond natural reason, since they are unseen, as was said in Q. 1, Art. 4. To believe in them is therefore unnecessary for salvation. 2. Again,
Aquinas—Nature and Grace

Whether Prudence is in us by Nature?
Objection 1: It would seem that prudence is in us by nature. The Philosopher says that things connected with prudence "seem to be natural," namely "synesis, gnome" [*{synesis} and {gnome}, Cf. [2754]FS, Q[57], A[6]] and the like, but not those which are connected with speculative wisdom. Now things belonging to the same genus have the same kind of origin. Therefore prudence also is in us from nature. Objection 2: Further, the changes of age are according to nature. Now prudence results from age,
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

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