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Job 12:17

17 He leads rulers away stripped and makes fools of judges.

Read Job 12:17 Using Other Translations

He leadeth counsellors away spoiled, and maketh the judges fools.
He leads counselors away stripped, and judges he makes fools.
He leads counselors away, stripped of good judgment; wise judges become fools.

What does Job 12:17 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Job 12:17

He leadeth counsellors away spoiled
Such who have the greatest share of knowledge and wisdom in civil things, and are capable of giving advice to others, and are very useful in commonwealths, in cities, towns, and neighbourhoods; wherefore it is a judgment on a people when such are removed, ( Isaiah 3:3 ) ; these God can spoil at once of all their wisdom and knowledge, and render them unfit to give advice and counsel to others; or he can confound their schemes, disappoint their devices, carry their counsel headlong, and make it of none effect, and so spoil them of their ends and views, and of their fame, credit, and reputation:

and maketh the judges fools;
men of great parts, abilities, and capacities, whereby they are qualified to sit upon the bench, preside in courts of judicature, and judge in all matters of controversy that come before them; and it is a happiness to a country to have such persons, as it is a judgment to have them removed, see ( Isaiah 3:2 ) ; yet God can take away the wisdom of such men, deprive them of their natural abilities, and so infatuate them, that they shall not be able to understand a cause, but pass a foolish sentence, to their own shame and disgrace, as well as to the injury of others; see ( Isaiah 40:23 ) .

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