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