Job Replies: The Lord Has Done This

1 Then Job answered and said:

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      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?

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      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.

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      5 In the thought of one who is 5at ease there is contempt for misfortune; it is ready for those whose feet slip.

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      6 6The tents of robbers are at peace, and those who provoke God are secure, who bring their god in their hand.a

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        • z 12:6 - The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
          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.

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            • { 12:8 - Or speak to the earth
              9 Who among all these does not know that 7the hand of the LORD has done this?

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              10 In 8his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.

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              11 Does not 9the ear test words as the palate tastes food?

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              12 Wisdom is with 10the aged, and understanding in length of days.

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              13 11"With Godc are wisdom and might; he has counsel and understanding.

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                  14 If he tears down, none can rebuild; if he 12shuts a man in, none can open.

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                  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.

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                  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.

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                  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.

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                  21 He 20pours contempt on princes and loosens the belt of the strong.

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                  22 He 21uncovers the deeps out of darkness and brings 22deep darkness to light.

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                  23 He 23makes nations great, and he destroys them; he enlarges nations, and 24leads them away.

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                  24 He takes away understanding from the chiefs of the people of the earth and 25makes them wander in a pathless waste.

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                  25 They 26grope in the dark without light, and he makes them 27stagger like a drunken man.

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