Job 12
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1And Job answered and said,1Then Job answered and said:
2No doubt but ye are the people, and wisdom shall die with you.2“No doubt you are the people, and wisdom will die with you.
3But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: yea, who knoweth not such things as these?3But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you. Who does not know such things as these?
4I am as one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth upon God, and he answereth him: the just upright man is laughed to scorn.4I am a laughingstock to my friends; I, who called to God and he answered me, a just and blameless man, am a laughingstock.
5He that is ready to slip with his feet is as a lamp despised in the thought of him that is at ease.5In the thought of one who is at ease there is contempt for misfortune; it is ready for those whose feet slip.
6The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are secure; into whose hand God bringeth abundantly.6The tents of robbers are at peace, and those who provoke God are secure, who bring their god in their hand.
7But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee:7“But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you;
8Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.8or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you.
9Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?9Who among all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this?
10In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.10In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.
11Doth not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat?11Does not the ear test words as the palate tastes food?
12With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.12Wisdom is with the aged, and understanding in length of days.
13With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding.13“With God are wisdom and might; he has counsel and understanding.
14Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again: he shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.14If he tears down, none can rebuild; if he shuts a man in, none can open.
15Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up: also he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.15If he withholds the waters, they dry up; if he sends them out, they overwhelm the land.
16With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are his.16With him are strength and sound wisdom; the deceived and the deceiver are his.
17He leadeth counsellers away spoiled, and maketh the judges fools.17He leads counselors away stripped, and judges he makes fools.
18He looseth the bond of kings, and girdeth their loins with a girdle.18He looses the bonds of kings and binds a waistcloth on their hips.
19He leadeth princes away spoiled, and overthroweth the mighty.19He leads priests away stripped and overthrows the mighty.
20He removeth away the speech of the trusty, and taketh away the understanding of the aged.20He deprives of speech those who are trusted and takes away the discernment of the elders.
21He poureth contempt upon princes, and weakeneth the strength of the mighty.21He pours contempt on princes and loosens the belt of the strong.
22He discovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth out to light the shadow of death.22He uncovers the deeps out of darkness and brings deep darkness to light.
23He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them: he enlargeth the nations, and straiteneth them again.23He makes nations great, and he destroys them; he enlarges nations, and leads them away.
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.24He takes away understanding from the chiefs of the people of the earth and makes them wander in a trackless waste.
25They grope in the dark without light, and he maketh them to stagger like a drunken man.25They grope in the dark without light, and he makes them stagger like a drunken man.
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