Job 12
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1Then Job replied:1And Job answered and said,
2"Doubtless you are the only people who matter, and wisdom will die with you!2No doubt but ye are the people, and wisdom shall die with you.
3But I have a mind as well as you; I am not inferior to you. Who does not know all these things?3But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: yea, who knoweth not such things as these?
4"I have become a laughingstock to my friends, though I called on God and he answered-- a mere laughingstock, though righteous and blameless!4I am as one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth upon God, and he answereth him: the just upright man is laughed to scorn.
5Those who are at ease have contempt for misfortune as the fate of those whose feet are slipping.5He that is ready to slip with his feet is as a lamp despised in the thought of him that is at ease.
6The tents of marauders are undisturbed, and those who provoke God are secure-- those God has in his hand.6The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are secure; into whose hand God bringeth abundantly.
7"But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;7But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee:
8or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you.8Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.
9Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this?9Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?
10In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.10In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.
11Does not the ear test words as the tongue tastes food?11Doth not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat?
12Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?12With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.
13"To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his.13With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding.
14What he tears down cannot be rebuilt; those he imprisons cannot be released.14Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again: he shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.
15If he holds back the waters, there is drought; if he lets them loose, they devastate the land.15Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up: also he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.
16To him belong strength and insight; both deceived and deceiver are his.16With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are his.
17He leads rulers away stripped and makes fools of judges.17He leadeth counsellers away spoiled, and maketh the judges fools.
18He takes off the shackles put on by kings and ties a loincloth around their waist.18He looseth the bond of kings, and girdeth their loins with a girdle.
19He leads priests away stripped and overthrows officials long established.19He leadeth princes away spoiled, and overthroweth the mighty.
20He silences the lips of trusted advisers and takes away the discernment of elders.20He removeth away the speech of the trusty, and taketh away the understanding of the aged.
21He pours contempt on nobles and disarms the mighty.21He poureth contempt upon princes, and weakeneth the strength of the mighty.
22He reveals the deep things of darkness and brings utter darkness into the light.22He discovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth out to light the shadow of death.
23He makes nations great, and destroys them; he enlarges nations, and disperses them.23He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them: he enlargeth the nations, and straiteneth them again.
24He deprives the leaders of the earth of their reason; he makes them wander in a trackless waste.24He 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.
25They grope in darkness with no light; he makes them stagger like drunkards.25They grope in the dark without light, and he maketh them to stagger like a drunken man.
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