Job 12
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1And Job answered and said,1Then Job replied:
2No doubt but ye are the people, and wisdom shall die with you.2"Doubtless you are the only people who matter, 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 a mind as well as you; I am not inferior to you. Who does not know all these things?
4I am as one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth upon God, and he answereth him: the just upright man is laughed to scorn.4"I have become a laughingstock to my friends, though I called on God and he answered-- a mere laughingstock, though righteous and blameless!
5He that is ready to slip with his feet is as a lamp despised in the thought of him that is at ease.5Those who are at ease have contempt for misfortune as the fate of those whose feet are slipping.
6The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are secure; into whose hand God bringeth abundantly.6The tents of marauders are undisturbed, and those who provoke God are secure-- those God has in his 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 animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, 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 speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you.
9Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?9Which of 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 creature 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 tongue tastes food?
12With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.12Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?
13With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding.13"To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his.
14Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again: he shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.14What he tears down cannot be rebuilt; those he imprisons cannot be released.
15Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up: also he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.15If he holds back the waters, there is drought; if he lets them loose, they devastate the land.
16With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are his.16To him belong strength and insight; both deceived and deceiver are his.
17He leadeth counsellers away spoiled, and maketh the judges fools.17He leads rulers away stripped and makes fools of judges.
18He looseth the bond of kings, and girdeth their loins with a girdle.18He takes off the shackles put on by kings and ties a loincloth around their waist.
19He leadeth princes away spoiled, and overthroweth the mighty.19He leads priests away stripped and overthrows officials long established.
20He removeth away the speech of the trusty, and taketh away the understanding of the aged.20He silences the lips of trusted advisers and takes away the discernment of elders.
21He poureth contempt upon princes, and weakeneth the strength of the mighty.21He pours contempt on nobles and disarms the mighty.
22He discovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth out to light the shadow of death.22He reveals the deep things of darkness and brings utter darkness into the light.
23He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them: he enlargeth the nations, and straiteneth them again.23He makes nations great, and destroys them; he enlarges nations, and disperses them.
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 deprives the leaders of the earth of their reason; he 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 darkness with no light; he makes them stagger like drunkards.
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