Job Chides His Accusers

1 Then Job responded *,

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    • a 12:1 - Lit "answered and said"
      2 "Truly then 1you are the people, And with you wisdom will die!

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      3 "But 2I have intelligence as well as you; I am not inferior to you. And who does not know such things as these?

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        • b 12:3 - Lit "with whom is there not like these?"
          4 "I am a 3joke to my friends, The one who called on God and He answered him; The just and 4blameless man is a joke.

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          5 "He who is at ease holds calamity in contempt, As prepared for those whose feet slip.

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            • d 12:5 - Lit "Contempt for calamity is the thought of him who is at ease"
              6 "The 5tents of the destroyers prosper, And those who provoke God 6are secure, Whom God brings 7into their power.

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                • e 12:6 - Or "He who brings God into his hand"
                  7 "But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you; And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
                  8 "Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you; And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
                  9 "Who among all these does not know That 8the hand of the LORD has done this,

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                  10 9In whose hand is the life of every living thing, And 10the breath of all mankind *?

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                  11 "Does not 11the ear test words, As the palate tastes its food?

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                    • f 12:11 - Lit "tastes food for itself"
                      12 "Wisdom is with 12aged men, With long life is understanding.

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                        • g 12:12 - Lit "length of days"

                          Job Speaks of the Power of God

                          13 "With Him are 13wisdom and 14might; To Him belong counsel and 15understanding.

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                          14 "Behold, He 16tears down, and it cannot be rebuilt; He 17imprisons a man, and there can be no release.

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                            • h 12:14 - Lit "shuts against"
                            • i 12:14 - Lit "it is not opened"
                              15 "Behold, He 18restrains the waters, and they dry up; And He 19sends them out, and they inundate the earth.

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                              16 "With Him are strength and sound wisdom, The 20misled and the misleader belong to Him.

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                              17 "He makes 21counselors walk barefoot And makes fools of 22judges.

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                                • k 12:17 - Or "stripped"
                                  18 "He 23loosens the bond of kings And binds their loins with a girdle.

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                                    • l 12:18 - Or "discipline"
                                      19 "He makes priests walk barefoot And overthrows 24the secure ones.

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                                      20 "He deprives the trusted ones of speech And 25takes away the discernment of the elders.

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                                      21 "He 26pours contempt on nobles And 27loosens the belt of the strong.

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                                      22 "He 28reveals mysteries from the darkness And brings the deep darkness into light.

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                                      23 "He 29makes the nations great, then destroys them; He enlarges the nations, then leads them away.

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                                      24 "He 30deprives of intelligence the chiefs of the earth's people And makes them wander in a pathless * waste.

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                                      25 "They 31grope in darkness with no light, And He makes them 32stagger like a drunken man.

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