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Job 12

BBE 1 And Job made answer and said, NIV 1 Then Job replied: BBE 2 No doubt you have knowledge, and wisdom will come to an end with you. NIV 2 “Doubtless you are the only people who matter, and wisdom will die with you! BBE 3 But I have a mind as well as you; I am equal to you: yes, who has not knowledge of such things as these? NIV 3 But I have a mind as well as you; I am not inferior to you. Who does not know all these things? BBE 4 It seems that I am to be as one who is a cause of laughing to his neighbour, one who makes his prayer to God and is answered! the upright man who has done no wrong is to be made sport of! NIV 4 “I have become a laughingstock to my friends, though I called on God and he answered— a mere laughingstock, though righteous and blameless! BBE 5 In the thought of him who is in comfort there is no respect for one who is in trouble; such is the fate of those whose feet are slipping. NIV 5 Those who are at ease have contempt for misfortune as the fate of those whose feet are slipping. BBE 6 There is wealth in the tents of those who make destruction, and those by whom God is moved to wrath are safe; even those whose god is their strength. NIV 6 The tents of marauders are undisturbed, and those who provoke God are secure— those God has in his hand. BBE 7 But put now a question to the beasts, and get teaching from them; or to the birds of the heaven, and they will make it clear to you; NIV 7 “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; BBE 8 Or to the things which go flat on the earth, and they will give you wisdom; and the fishes of the sea will give you news of it. NIV 8 or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. BBE 9 Who does not see by all these that the hand of the Lord has done this? NIV 9 Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? BBE 10 In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all flesh of man. NIV 10 In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind. BBE 11 Are not words tested by the ear, even as food is tasted by the mouth? NIV 11 Does not the ear test words as the tongue tastes food? BBE 12 Old men have wisdom, and a long life gives knowledge. NIV 12 Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding? BBE 13 With him there is wisdom and strength; power and knowledge are his. NIV 13 “To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his. BBE 14 Truly, there is no building up of what is pulled down by him; when a man is shut up by him, no one may let him loose. NIV 14 What he tears down cannot be rebuilt; those he imprisons cannot be released. BBE 15 Truly, he keeps back the waters and they are dry; he sends them out and the earth is overturned. NIV 15 If he holds back the waters, there is drought; if he lets them loose, they devastate the land. BBE 16 With him are strength and wise designs; he who is guided into error, together with his guide, are in his hands; NIV 16 To him belong strength and insight; both deceived and deceiver are his. BBE 17 He takes away the wisdom of the wise guides, and makes judges foolish; NIV 17 He leads rulers away stripped and makes fools of judges. BBE 18 He undoes the chains of kings, and puts his band on them; NIV 18 He takes off the shackles put on by kings and ties a loincloth around their waist. BBE 19 He makes priests prisoners, overturning those in safe positions; NIV 19 He leads priests away stripped and overthrows officials long established. BBE 20 He makes the words of responsible persons without effect, and takes away the good sense of the old; NIV 20 He silences the lips of trusted advisers and takes away the discernment of elders. BBE 21 He puts shame on chiefs, and takes away the power of the strong; NIV 21 He pours contempt on nobles and disarms the mighty. BBE 22 Uncovering deep things out of the dark, and making the deep shade bright; NIV 22 He reveals the deep things of darkness and brings utter darkness into the light. BBE 23 Increasing nations, and sending destruction on them; making wide the lands of peoples, and then giving them up. NIV 23 He makes nations great, and destroys them; he enlarges nations, and disperses them. BBE 24 He takes away the wisdom of the rulers of the earth, and sends them wandering in a waste where there is no way. NIV 24 He deprives the leaders of the earth of their reason; he makes them wander in a trackless waste. BBE 25 They go feeling about in the dark without light, wandering without help like those overcome with wine. NIV 25 They grope in darkness with no light; he makes them stagger like drunkards.

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