Job 12

Job Replies: The  Lord Has Done This

1Then Job answered and said:

2 “No doubt you are the people,
and wisdom will die with you.
3But I have a  understanding as well as you;
I am not inferior to you.
Who does not know b  such things as these?
4I am c  a laughingstock to my friends;
I, who d  called to God and he answered me,
a just and blameless man, am a laughingstock.
5In the thought of one who is e  at ease there is contempt for misfortune;
it is ready for those whose feet slip.
6 f  The tents of robbers are at peace,
and those who provoke God are secure,
who bring their god in their hand.
The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain

7 But ask the beasts, and they will teach you;
the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you;
8or the bushes of the earth
Or speak to the earth
and they will teach you;
and the fish of the sea will declare to you.
9Who among all these does not know
that i  the hand of the  Lord has done this?
10In j  his hand is the life of every living thing
and the breath of all mankind.
11Does not k  the ear test words
as the palate tastes food?
12Wisdom is with l  the aged,
and understanding in length of days.
13 m  “With God
Hebrew him
are wisdom and might;
he has counsel and understanding.
14If he tears down, none can rebuild;
if he o  shuts a man in, none can open.
15If he p  withholds the waters, they dry up;
if he q  sends them out, they overwhelm the land.
16With him are strength and r  sound wisdom;
the deceived and the deceiver are his.
17He leads s  counselors away stripped,
and t  judges he makes fools.
18He u  looses the bonds of kings
and binds a waistcloth on their hips.
19He leads priests away stripped
and overthrows the mighty.
20He deprives of speech those who are trusted
v  and takes away the discernment of the elders.
21He w  pours contempt on princes
and loosens the belt of the strong.
22He x  uncovers the deeps out of darkness
and brings y  deep darkness to light.
23He z  makes nations great, and he destroys them;
he enlarges nations, and aa  leads them away.
24He takes away understanding from the chiefs of the people of the earth
and ab  makes them wander in a trackless waste.
25They ac  grope in the dark without light,
and he makes them ad  stagger like a drunken man.
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