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Job: Chapter 12

Job maintains himself against his friends who reprove him, 1-6. He acknowledges the general doctrine of God's omnipotence, 7-25.

1 And Job answered and said,

2 "No doubt, but you are the people, and wisdom shall die with you.

3 But I have understanding as well as you. I am not inferior to you. Indeed, who does not know such things as these?

4 I am as one mocked by his neighbor, who calls upon God, and he answers him. The just upright man is derided.

5 He who is ready to slip with his feet is as a lamp despised in the thought of him who is at ease.

6 The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and those who provoke God are secure, into whose hand God brings abundantly.

7 But now ask the beasts, and they shall teach you, and the birds of the air, and they shall tell you;

8 Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach you, and the fish of the sea shall declare to you.

9 Who does not know in all these that the hand of the LORD has wrought this?

10 In his hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.

11 Does the ear not try words, and the mouth taste its food?

12 With the ancient is wisdom, and in length of days understanding.

13 With him is wisdom and strength. He has counsel and understanding.

14 Behold, he breaks down, and it cannot be built again. He shuts up a man, and there can be no opening.

15 Behold, he withholds the waters, and they dry up. He also sends them out, and they overturn the earth.

16 With him is strength and wisdom. The deceived and the deceiver are his.

17 He leads counselors away spoiled, and makes the judges fools.

18 He looses the bond of kings, and girds their loins with a girdle.

19 He leads princes away spoiled, and overthrows the mighty.

20 He removes away the speech of the trusty, and takes away the understanding of the aged.

21 He pours contempt upon princes, and weakens the strength of the mighty.

22 He reveals deep things out of darkness, and brings to light the shades of death.

23 He increases nations, and destroys them. He enlarges nations, and straitens them again.

24 He takes away the heart of the chief of the people of the earth, and causes them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way.

25 They grope in the dark without light, and he makes them to stagger like a drunken man."