Job 12

CHAPTER 12

Job Reproves His Friends

And undertaking, Job says, So then you are men, then [3with 4you 2comes to an end 1wisdom]? [2also to me 3indeed 4a heart 5like 6yours 1There is]. For a just man, and blameless, was born for an object for taunts. [2at 4time 1For 3an appointed] man had been prepared to fall under others; [3house 1also for 2his] to be pillaged by lawless ones. But let not however any one [3rely on 2wicked 1being] he shall be considered innocent; as many as provoke [3to anger 1the 2  lord], as if [2not 4also 5their chastisement 1there will 3be]. But indeed ask the four-footed beasts! if they should speak to you, or birds of the heaven, if they were able to report to you. [2let 4tell in detail 1And 3the earth]! if it should expound to you; and [5shall describe 6to you 1the 2fishes 3of the 4sea]. Who knew not among all these, that the hand of the  lord made these? 10 Except in his hand is the life of all the living, and the breath of every man. 11 [2the ear 3indeed 1For 5words 4scrutinizes], and the throat [2grains 1tastes]. 12 In a long time is wisdom; and in a long existence is higher knowledge. 13 By him is wisdom and power; with him counsel and understanding. 14 If he should throw down, who shall build up? If he locks against man, who opens? 15 If he should restrain the water, he shall dry the earth; and if he should let it loose, he destroys it by eradication. 16 By him is might and strength; in him is higher knowledge and understanding, 17 leading counselors as captives; and judges of the earth he amazes; 18 sitting kings upon thrones, and ties a belt on their loins; 19 sending priests as captives; and the mighty ones of the earth he eradicates; 20 reconciling the lips of the trustworthy; [2the understanding 1and] of the elders he knew; 21 pouring out dishonor upon rulers, but the humble he healed; 22 uncovering the deeps from out of darkness, and he leads [3into 4light 1the shadow 2of death]; 23 wandering nations, and destroying them; prostrating nations, and directing them; 24 reconciling the hearts of the rulers of the earth, but wandering them in the way which they do not know. 25 May they handle darkness, and not light; may they be wandering as if one being intoxicated.
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