Job 12 CSB

Job's Reply to Zophar

1 Then Job answered:

References for Job 12:1

      2 No doubt you are the people, and wisdom will die with you!a

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          3 But I also have a mind; I am not inferior to you. Who doesn't know the things you are talking about?bc

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            • b 12:3 - Lit With whom are not such things as these
            • c 12:3 - Jb 13:2; 15:9
              4 I am a laughingstock to myd friends, by calling on God, who answers me.e The righteous and upright man is a laughingstock.f

              References for Job 12:4

                • d 12:4 - Lit his
                • e 12:4 - Lit him
                • f 12:4 - Jb 6:14-15; Jr 20:7; Lm 3:14
                  5 The one who is at ease holds calamity in contempt [and thinks] it is prepared for those whose feet are slipping.g

                  References for Job 12:5

                    • g 12:5 - Jb 31:29; Ps 123:4; Pr 24:22
                      6 The tents of robbers are safe, and those who provoke God are secure; God's power provides this.h

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                        • h 12:6 - Ps 73:11; Jr 12:1; Mt 5:45
                          7 But ask the animals, and they will instruct you; [ask] the birds of the sky, and they will tell you.i

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                            • i 12:7 - Jb 35:11; Mt 6:26
                              8 Or speak to the earth, and it will instruct you; let the fish of the sea inform you.
                              9 Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?j

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                                • j 12:9 - Jb 9:24; Isa 1:3; 41:20
                                  10 The life of every living thing is in His hand, as well as the breath of all mankind.k

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                                      11 Doesn't the ear test words as the palate tastes food?
                                      12 Wisdom is found with the elderly, and understanding comes with long life.l

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                                        • l 12:12 - Jb 12:20; 15:10; 29:8
                                          13 Wisdom and strength belong to God; counsel and understanding are His.m

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                                            • m 12:13 - Jb 12:16; Isa 9:6; 11:2
                                              14 Whatever He tears down cannot be rebuilt; whoever He imprisons cannot be released.n

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                                                • n 12:14 - Jb 19:10; Isa 22:22
                                                  15 When He withholds the waters, everything dries up, and when He releases them, they destroy the land.o

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                                                    • o 12:15 - Jb 28:25-26; Ps 33:7; Isa 40:12
                                                      16 True wisdom and power belong to Him. The deceived and the deceiver are His.
                                                      17 He leads counselors away barefoot and makes judges go mad.p

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                                                        • p 12:17 - Jb 19:9; Isa 44:25; 1 Co 1:20
                                                          18 He releases the bondsq put on by kingsr and ties a cloth around their waists.

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                                                            • q 12:18 - Text emended; MT reads discipline
                                                            • r 12:18 - Ps 116:16; Isa 58:6
                                                              19 He leads priests away barefoot and overthrows established leaders.s

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                                                                • s 12:19 - Isa 40:23; Lk 1:52
                                                                  20 He deprives trusted advisers of speech and takes away the elders' good judgment.t

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                                                                    • t 12:20 - Dn 4:31-33; Ob 8
                                                                      21 He pours out contempt on nobles and disarmsu the strong.

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                                                                        • u 12:21 - Lit and loosens the belt of
                                                                          22 He reveals mysteries from the darkness and brings the deepest darkness into the light.v

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                                                                            • v 12:22 - Ps 90:8; Isa 45:3; Dn 2:22
                                                                              23 He makes nations great, then destroys them; He enlarges nations, then leads them away.w

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                                                                                • w 12:23 - Ex 34:24; Jr 18:7-9; Dn 2:21
                                                                                  24 He deprives the world's leaders of reason, and makes them wander in a trackless wasteland.x

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                                                                                    • x 12:24 - Ps 107:40; Dn 4:31-33
                                                                                      25 They grope around in darkness without light; He makes them stagger like drunken men.y

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                                                                                        • y 12:25 - Jb 5:14; Ps 107:27; Isa 19:13-14