Job 12 NIV


1 Then Job replied:

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      2 “Doubtless you are the only people who matter, and wisdom will die with you!

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      3 But I have a mind as well as you; I am not inferior to you. Who does not know all these things?

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      4 “I have become a laughingstock to my friends, though I called on God and he answered— a mere laughingstock, though righteous and blameless!

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      5 Those who are at ease have contempt for misfortune as the fate of those whose feet are slipping.

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      6 The tents of marauders are undisturbed, and those who provoke God are secure— those God has in his hand.a

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        • q 12:6 - Or "those whose god is in their own hand"
          7 “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;

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          8 or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you.
          9 Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this?

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          10 In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.

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          11 Does not the ear test words as the tongue tastes food?

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          12 Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?

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          13 “To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his.
          14 What he tears down cannot be rebuilt; those he imprisons cannot be released.

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          15 If he holds back the waters, there is drought; if he lets them loose, they devastate the land.

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          16 To him belong strength and insight; both deceived and deceiver are his.

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          17 He leads rulers away stripped and makes fools of judges.

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          18 He takes off the shackles put on by kings and ties a loinclothb around their waist.

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            • r 12:18 - Or "shackles of kings" / "and ties a belt"
              19 He leads priests away stripped and overthrows officials long established.

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              20 He silences the lips of trusted advisers and takes away the discernment of elders.

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              21 He pours contempt on nobles and disarms the mighty.

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                  22 He reveals the deep things of darkness and brings utter darkness into the light.

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                  23 He makes nations great, and destroys them; he enlarges nations, and disperses them.

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                  24 He deprives the leaders of the earth of their reason; he makes them wander in a trackless waste.

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                      25 They grope in darkness with no light; he makes them stagger like drunkards.

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