Then Jobaresponded ,
2"Trulythen1you are the people, And with you wisdom will die!
"But 2I have intelligence as well as you; I am not inferior to you. And bwho does not knowsuch things as these?
"I am a 3joke to cmy friends, The one who called on God and He answered him; The just and 4blameless man is a joke.
"dHe who is at easeholdscalamity in contempt, As prepared for those whose feetslip.
"The 5tents of the destroyersprosper, And those who provokeGod6are secure, eWhomGodbrings7into their power.
"But nowask the beasts, and let them teach you; And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
8"Orspeak to the earth, and let it teach you; And let the fish of the seadeclare to you.
9"Who among allthese does not know That 8the hand of the LORD has donethis,
109In whosehand is the life of everylivingthing, And 10the breath of allmankind ?
"Does not 11the eartestwords, As the palateftastes its food?
12"Wisdom is with 12agedmen, With glonglife is understanding.
"With Him are 13wisdom and 14might; To Him belong counsel and 15understanding.
14"Behold, He 16tearsdown, and it cannot be rebuilt; He h17imprisons a man, and ithere can be norelease.
15"Behold, He 18restrains the waters, and they dry up; And He 19sends them out, and they jinundate the earth.
"With Him are strength and soundwisdom, The 20misled and the misleader belong to Him.
"He makes 21counselorswalkkbarefoot And makesfools of 22judges.
"He 23loosens the lbond of kings And binds their loins with a girdle.
"He makes priestswalkmbarefoot And overthrows24the secureones.
"He deprives the trusted ones of speech And 25takes away the discernment of the elders.
"He 26pourscontempt on nobles And 27loosens the belt of the strong.
"He 28revealsmysteries from the darkness And brings the deepdarkness into light.
"He 29makes the nationsgreat, then destroys them; He nenlarges the nations, then leads them away.
"He 30deprives of intelligence the chiefs of the earth'speople And makes them wander in a pathlesswaste.
"They 31grope in darkness with nolight, And He makes them 32stagger like a drunkenman.