Job 12 NIV


1 Then Job replied:

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      2 "Doubtless you are the people, and wisdom will die with you!1

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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?2

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      4 "I have become a laughingstock3 to my friends,4 though I called upon God and he answered5-- a mere laughingstock, though righteous and blameless!6

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      5 Men at ease have contempt7 for misfortune as the fate of those whose feet are slipping.8

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      6 The tents of marauders are undisturbed,9 and those who provoke God are secure10-- those who carry their god in their hands.a

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        • a 12:6 - Or "secure / in what God's hand brings them"
          7 "But ask the animals, and they will teach you,11 or the birds of the air,12 and they will tell you;13

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          8 or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you.
          9 Which of all these does not know14 that the hand of the LORD has done this?15

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          10 In his hand is the life16 of every creature and the breath of all mankind.17

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          11 Does not the ear test words as the tongue tastes food?18

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          12 Is not wisdom found among the aged?19 Does not long life bring understanding?20

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          13 "To God belong wisdom21 and power;22 counsel and understanding are his.23
          14 What he tears down24 cannot be rebuilt;25 the man he imprisons cannot be released.26

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          15 If he holds back the waters,27 there is drought;28 if he lets them loose, they devastate the land.29

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          16 To him belong strength and victory;30 both deceived and deceiver are his.31

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          17 He leads counselors away stripped32 and makes fools of judges.33

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          18 He takes off the shackles34 put on by kings and ties a loinclothb around their waist.35

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            • b 12:18 - Or "shackles of kings / and ties a belt"
              19 He leads priests away stripped36 and overthrows men long established.37

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              20 He silences the lips of trusted advisers and takes away the discernment of elders.38

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              21 He pours contempt on nobles39 and disarms the mighty.40

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                  22 He reveals the deep things of darkness41 and brings deep shadows42 into the light.43

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                  23 He makes nations great, and destroys them;44 he enlarges nations,45 and disperses them.46

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                  24 He deprives the leaders of the earth of their reason;47 he sends them wandering through a trackless waste.48

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                      25 They grope in darkness with no light;49 he makes them stagger like drunkards.50

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