"Truly then 1you are the people, And with you wisdom will die!
"But 2I have intelligence as well as you; I am not inferior to you. And who does not know such things as these?
"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.
"He who is at ease holds calamity in contempt, As prepared for those whose feet slip.
"The 5tents of the destroyers prosper, And those who provoke God 6are secure, Whom God brings 7into their power.
"But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you; And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
"Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you; And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
"Who among all these does not know That 8the hand of the LORD has done this,
9In whose hand is the life of every living thing, And 10the breath of all mankind ?
"Does not 11the ear test words, As the palate tastes its food?
"Wisdom is with 12aged men, With long life is understanding.
"With Him are 13wisdom and 14might; To Him belong counsel and 15understanding.
"Behold, He 16tears down, and it cannot be rebuilt; He 17imprisons a man, and there can be no release.
"Behold, He 18restrains the waters, and they dry up; And He 19sends them out, and they inundate the earth.
"With Him are strength and sound wisdom, The 20misled and the misleader belong to Him.
"He makes 21counselors walk barefoot And makes fools of 22judges.
"He 23loosens the bond of kings And binds their loins with a girdle.
"He makes priests walk barefoot And overthrows 24the secure ones.
"He deprives the trusted ones of speech And 25takes away the discernment of the elders.
"He 26pours contempt on nobles And 27loosens the belt of the strong.
"He 28reveals mysteries from the darkness And brings the deep darkness into light.
"He 29makes the nations great, then destroys them; He enlarges the nations, then leads them away.
"He 30deprives of intelligence the chiefs of the earth's people And makes them wander in a pathless waste.
"They 31grope in darkness with no light, And He makes them 32stagger like a drunken man.