Job 12:12-25 NIV

12 Is not wisdom found among the aged?1 Does not long life bring understanding?2

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13 "To God belong wisdom3 and power;4 counsel and understanding are his.5
14 What he tears down6 cannot be rebuilt;7 the man he imprisons cannot be released.8

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15 If he holds back the waters,9 there is drought;10 if he lets them loose, they devastate the land.11

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16 To him belong strength and victory;12 both deceived and deceiver are his.13

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17 He leads counselors away stripped14 and makes fools of judges.15

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18 He takes off the shackles16 put on by kings and ties a loinclotha around their waist.17

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    • b 12:18 - Or "shackles of kings / and ties a belt"
      19 He leads priests away stripped18 and overthrows men long established.19

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

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      21 He pours contempt on nobles21 and disarms the mighty.22

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          22 He reveals the deep things of darkness23 and brings deep shadows24 into the light.25

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          23 He makes nations great, and destroys them;26 he enlarges nations,27 and disperses them.28

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          24 He deprives the leaders of the earth of their reason;29 he sends them wandering through a trackless waste.30

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              25 They grope in darkness with no light;31 he makes them stagger like drunkards.32

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