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Job 12


Job Chides His Accusers

Job 12:1   Then Job responded,
Job 12:2   "Truly then you are the people, And with you wisdom will die!
Job 12:3   "But I have intelligence as well as you; I am not inferior to you. And who does not know such things as these?
Job 12:4   "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.
Job 12:5   "He who is at ease holds calamity in contempt, As prepared for those whose feet slip.
Job 12:6   "The tents of the destroyers prosper, And those who provoke God are secure, Whom God brings into their power.
Job 12:7   "But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you; And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
Job 12:8   "Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you; And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
Job 12:9   "Who among all these does not know That the hand of the LORD has done this,
Job 12:10   In whose hand is the life of every living thing, And the breath of all mankind?
Job 12:11   "Does not the ear test words, As the palate tastes its food?
Job 12:12   "Wisdom is with aged men, With long life is understanding.

Job Speaks of the Power of God

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