Chapter 12

JOB.12:1 Then Job answered and said:
JOB.12:2 “No doubt you are the people, And wisdom will die with you!
JOB.12:3 But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you. Indeed, who does not know such things as these?
JOB.12:4 “I am one mocked by his friends, Who called on God, and He answered him, The just and blameless who is ridiculed.
JOB.12:5 A lamp is despised in the thought of one who is at ease; It is made ready for those whose feet slip.
JOB.12:6 The tents of robbers prosper, And those who provoke God are secure-In what God provides by His hand.
JOB.12:7 “But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you; And the birds of the air, and they will tell you;
JOB.12:8 Or speak to the earth, and it will teach you; And the fish of the sea will explain to you.
JOB.12:9 Who among all these does not know That the hand of the LORD has done this,
JOB.12:10 In whose hand is the life of every living thing, And the breath of all mankind?
JOB.12:11 Does not the ear test words And the mouth taste its food?
JOB.12:12 Wisdom is with aged men, And with length of days, understanding.
JOB.12:13 “With Him are wisdom and strength, He has counsel and understanding.
JOB.12:14 If He breaks a thing down, it cannot be rebuilt; If He imprisons a man, there can be no release.
JOB.12:15 If He withholds the waters, they dry up; If He sends them out, they overwhelm the earth.
JOB.12:16 With Him are strength and prudence. The deceived and the deceiver are His.
JOB.12:17 He leads counselors away plundered, And makes fools of the judges.
JOB.12:18 He loosens the bonds of kings, And binds their waist with a belt.
JOB.12:19 He leads princes away plundered, And overthrows the mighty.
JOB.12:20 He deprives the trusted ones of speech, And takes away the discernment of the elders.
JOB.12:21 He pours contempt on princes, And disarms the mighty.
JOB.12:22 He uncovers deep things out of darkness, And brings the shadow of death to light.
JOB.12:23 He makes nations great, and destroys them; He enlarges nations, and guides them.
JOB.12:24 He takes away the understanding of the chiefs of the people of the earth, And makes them wander in a pathless wilderness.
JOB.12:25 They grope in the dark without light, And He makes them stagger like a drunken man.

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