Job 12:13-25 NIV

13 "To God belong wisdom1 and power;2 counsel and understanding are his.3
14 What he tears down4 cannot be rebuilt;5 the man he imprisons cannot be released.6

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15 If he holds back the waters,7 there is drought;8 if he lets them loose, they devastate the land.9

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16 To him belong strength and victory;10 both deceived and deceiver are his.11

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17 He leads counselors away stripped12 and makes fools of judges.13

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18 He takes off the shackles14 put on by kings and ties a loinclotha around their waist.15

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    • b 12:18 - Or "shackles of kings / and ties a belt"
      19 He leads priests away stripped16 and overthrows men long established.17

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      20 He silences the lips of trusted advisers and takes away the discernment of elders.18

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      21 He pours contempt on nobles19 and disarms the mighty.20

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          22 He reveals the deep things of darkness21 and brings deep shadows22 into the light.23

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          23 He makes nations great, and destroys them;24 he enlarges nations,25 and disperses them.26

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          24 He deprives the leaders of the earth of their reason;27 he sends them wandering through a trackless waste.28

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              25 They grope in darkness with no light;29 he makes them stagger like drunkards.30

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