Job 12

Job Replies: The  Lord Has Done This

Then Job answered and said:

“No doubt you are the people,
and wisdom will die with you.
But I have a understanding as well as you;
I am not inferior to you.
Who does not know b such things as these?
I 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.
In the thought of one who is e at ease there is contempt for misfortune;
it is ready for those whose feet slip.
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

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