Job 12:5
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New International Version
Those who are at ease have contempt for misfortune as the fate of those whose feet are slipping.

King James Bible
He that is ready to slip with his feet is as a lamp despised in the thought of him that is at ease.

Darby Bible Translation
He that is ready to stumble with the foot is a lamp despised in the thought of him that is at ease.

World English Bible
In the thought of him who is at ease there is contempt for misfortune. It is ready for them whose foot slips.

Young's Literal Translation
A torch -- despised in the thoughts of the secure Is prepared for those sliding with the feet.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

I am as one mocked of his neighbor - Though I am invoking God for help and salvation, yet my friends mock me in this most solemn and sacred work. But God answereth me.

The just upright man is laughed to scorn - This is a very difficult verse, on which no two critics seem to be agreed. Mr. Good translates the fourth and fifth verses thus: -

"Thus brother is become a laughing-stock to his companions,

While calling upon God that he would succor him.

The just, the perfect man, is a laughing-stock to the proud,

A derision amidst the sunshine of the prosperous,

While ready to slip with his foot.

For a vindication of this version, I must refer to his notes. Coverdale gives at least a good sense. Thus he that calleth upon God, and whom God heareth, is mocked of his neighboure: the godly and innocent man is laughed to scorne. Godlynesse is a light despysed in the hertes of the rich; and is set for them to stomble upon. The fifth verse is thus rendered by Mr. Parkhurst: "A torch of contempt, or contemptible link, (see Isaiah 7:4; Isaiah 40:2, Isaiah 40:3), לעשתות leashtoth, to the splendours of the prosperous (is he who is) ready (נכון nachon, Job 15:23; Job 18:12; Psalm 38:17) to slip with his foot." The general sense is tolerably plain; but to emendations and conjectures there is no end.

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ready

Deuteronomy 32:35 To me belongs vengeance and recompense; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand...

Psalm 17:5 Hold up my goings in your paths, that my footsteps slip not.

Psalm 94:18 When I said, My foot slips; your mercy, O LORD, held me up.

Jeremiah 13:16 Give glory to the LORD your God, before he cause darkness, and before your feet stumble on the dark mountains, and...

a lamp

Job 18:5 Yes, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine.

Proverbs 13:9 The light of the righteous rejoices: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.

Proverbs 20:20 Whoever curses his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.

Matthew 25:8 And the foolish said to the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.

of him

Job 6:5 Does the wild donkey bray when he has grass? or lows the ox over his fodder?

Job 16:4 I also could speak as you do: if your soul were in my soul's stead, I could heap up words against you, and shake my head at you.

Psalm 123:3,4 Have mercy on us, O LORD, have mercy on us: for we are exceedingly filled with contempt...

Amos 6:1-6 Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations...

Luke 12:19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have much goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, and be merry.

Luke 16:19,20 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day...

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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

Cross References
Job 12:4
"I have become a laughingstock to my friends, though I called on God and he answered-- a mere laughingstock, though righteous and blameless!

Job 12:6
The tents of marauders are undisturbed, and those who provoke God are secure-- those God has in his hand.

Psalm 123:4
We have endured no end of ridicule from the arrogant, of contempt from the proud.

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