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Job 12 (English Standard Version)

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Job Replies: The Lord Has Done This

1 Then Job answered and said: 2 "No doubt you are the people, and wisdom will die with you. 3 But I have 1understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you. Who does not know 2such things as these? 4 I am 3a laughingstock to my friends; I, who 4called to God and he answered me, a just and blameless man, am a laughingstock. 5 In the thought of one who is 5at ease there is contempt for misfortune; it is ready for those whose feet slip. 6 6The tents of robbers are at peace, and those who provoke God are secure, who bring their god in their hand.a 7 "But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; 8 or the bushes of the earth,b and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. 9 Who among all these does not know that 7the hand of the LORD has done this? 10 In 8his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind. 11 Does not 9the ear test words as the palate tastes food? 12 Wisdom is with 10the aged, and understanding in length of days. 13 11"With Godc are wisdom and might; he has counsel and understanding. 14 If he tears down, none can rebuild; if he 12shuts a man in, none can open. 15 If he 13withholds the waters, they dry up; if he 14sends them out, they overwhelm the land. 16 With him are strength and 15sound wisdom; the deceived and the deceiver are his. 17 He leads 16counselors away stripped, and 17judges he makes fools. 18 He 18looses the bonds of kings and binds a waistcloth on their hips. 19 He leads priests away stripped and overthrows the mighty. 20 He deprives of speech those who are trusted 19and takes away the discernment of the elders. 21 He 20pours contempt on princes and loosens the belt of the strong. 22 He 21uncovers the deeps out of darkness and brings 22deep darkness to light. 23 He 23makes nations great, and he destroys them; he enlarges nations, and 24leads them away. 24 He takes away understanding from the chiefs of the people of the earth and 25makes them wander in a pathless waste. 25 They 26grope in the dark without light, and he makes them 27stagger like a drunken man.
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