Job 12 King James Version

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Job Affirms God's Power and Wisdom

12 And Job answered and said, 2  No doubt but ye are the people, and wisdom shall die with you. 3  But I have understanding [1] as well as you; I am not inferior to you: yea, who knoweth not such things as these? 4  I am as one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth upon God, and he answereth him: the just upright man is laughed to scorn. 5  He that is ready to slip with his feet is as a lamp despised in the thought of him that is at ease.

6  The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are secure; into whose hand God bringeth abundantly. 7  But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: 8  Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. 9  Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this? 10  In whose hand is the soul [2] of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind. 11  Doth not the ear try words? and the mouth [3] taste his meat?

12  With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding. 13  With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding. 14  Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again: he shutteth up [4] a man, and there can be no opening. 15  Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up: also he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth. 16  With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are his. 17  He leadeth counsellors away spoiled, and maketh the judges fools. 18  He looseth the bond of kings, and girdeth their loins with a girdle. 19  He leadeth princes away spoiled, and overthroweth the mighty. 20  He removeth away the speech [5] of the trusty, and taketh away the understanding of the aged. 21  He poureth contempt upon princes, and weakeneth [6] the strength of the mighty. 22  He discovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth out to light the shadow of death. 23  He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them: he enlargeth the nations, and straiteneth [7] them again. 24  He 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. 25  They grope in the dark without light, and he maketh them to stagger [8] like a drunken man.

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Footnotes

[1] 12:3 understanding: Heb. an heart

[2] 12:10 soul: or, life

[3] 12:11 mouth: Heb. palate

[4] 12:14 up: Heb. upon

[5] 12:20 speech...: Heb. lip of the faithful

[6] 12:21 weakeneth...: or, looseth the girdle of the strong

[7] 12:23 straiteneth: Heb. leadeth in

[8] 12:25 stagger: Heb. wander

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