Job 12
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1Then Job answered and said:1And Job answered and said,
2“No doubt you are the people, And wisdom will die with you!2No doubt but ye are the people, and wisdom shall die with you.
3But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you. Indeed, who does not know such things as these?3But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: yea, who knoweth not such things as these?
4“I am one mocked by his friends, Who called on God, and He answered him, The just and blameless who is ridiculed.4I am as one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth upon God, and he answereth him: the just upright man is laughed to scorn.
5A lamp is despised in the thought of one who is at ease; It is made ready for those whose feet slip.5He that is ready to slip with his feet is as a lamp despised in the thought of him that is at ease.
6The tents of robbers prosper, And those who provoke God are secure— In what God provides by His hand.6The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are secure; into whose hand God bringeth abundantly.
7“But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you; And the birds of the air, and they will tell you;7But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee:
8Or speak to the earth, and it will teach you; And the fish of the sea will explain to you.8Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.
9Who among all these does not know That the hand of the LORD has done this,9Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?
10In whose hand is the life of every living thing, And the breath of all mankind?10In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.
11Does not the ear test words And the mouth taste its food?11Doth not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat?
12Wisdom is with aged men, And with length of days, understanding.12With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.
13“With Him are wisdom and strength, He has counsel and understanding.13With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding.
14If He breaks a thing down, it cannot be rebuilt; If He imprisons a man, there can be no release.14Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again: he shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.
15If He withholds the waters, they dry up; If He sends them out, they overwhelm the earth.15Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up: also he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.
16With Him are strength and prudence. The deceived and the deceiver are His.16With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are his.
17He leads counselors away plundered, And makes fools of the judges.17He leadeth counsellers away spoiled, and maketh the judges fools.
18He loosens the bonds of kings, And binds their waist with a belt.18He looseth the bond of kings, and girdeth their loins with a girdle.
19He leads princes away plundered, And overthrows the mighty.19He leadeth princes away spoiled, and overthroweth the mighty.
20He deprives the trusted ones of speech, And takes away the discernment of the elders.20He removeth away the speech of the trusty, and taketh away the understanding of the aged.
21He pours contempt on princes, And disarms the mighty.21He poureth contempt upon princes, and weakeneth the strength of the mighty.
22He uncovers deep things out of darkness, And brings the shadow of death to light.22He discovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth out to light the shadow of death.
23He makes nations great, and destroys them; He enlarges nations, and guides them.23He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them: he enlargeth the nations, and straiteneth them again.
24He takes away the understanding of the chiefs of the people of the earth, And makes them wander in a pathless wilderness.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.
25They grope in the dark without light, And He makes them stagger like a drunken man.25They grope in the dark without light, and he maketh them to stagger like a drunken man.
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