Job 12 New American Standard Bible

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Job Affirms God's Power and Wisdom

12 1  Then Job responded e , 2  "Truly then you are the people , And with you wisdom will die ! 3  "But I have intelligence as well as you; I am not inferior to you. And who does not know such things as these ? 4  "I am a joke to my friends , The one who called on God and He answered him; The just and blameless man is a joke . 5  "He who is at ease holds calamity in contempt , As prepared for those whose feet slip .

6  "The tents of the destroyers prosper , And those who provoke God are secure , Whom God brings into their power . 7  "But now ask the beasts , and let them teach you; And the birds of the heavens , and let them tell you. 8  "Or speak to the earth , and let it teach you; And let the fish of the sea declare to you. 9  "Who among all these does not know That the hand of the Lord has done this , 10  In whose hand is the life of every living thing , And the breath of all mankind e ? 11  "Does not the ear test words , As the palate tastes its food ?

12  "Wisdom is with aged men , With long life is understanding . 13  "With Him are wisdom and might ; To Him belong counsel and understanding . 14  "Behold , He tears down , and it cannot be rebuilt ; He imprisons a man , and there can be no release . 15  "Behold , He restrains the waters , and they dry up; And He sends them out, and they inundate the earth . 16  "With Him are strength and sound wisdom , The misled and the misleader belong to Him. 17  "He makes counselors walk barefoot And makes fools of judges . 18  "He loosens the bond of kings And binds their loins with a girdle . 19  "He makes priests walk barefoot And overthrows the secure ones . 20  "He deprives the trusted ones of speech And takes away the discernment of the elders . 21  "He pours contempt on nobles And loosens the belt of the strong . 22  "He reveals mysteries from the darkness And brings the deep darkness into light . 23  "He makes the nations great , then destroys them; He enlarges the nations , then leads them away. 24  "He deprives of intelligence the chiefs of the earth's people And makes them wander in a pathless e waste . 25  "They grope in darkness with no light , And He makes them stagger like a drunken man .

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