Job maintaineth himself against his friends that reprove him.
Job 12:1 And Iob answered, and sayd, Job 12:2 No doubt but ye [are] the people, and wisedome shall die with you. Job 12:3 But I haue vnderstanding as well as you, I am not inferiour to you: yea, who knoweth not such things as these? Job 12:4 I am [as] one mocked of his neighbour, [who] calleth vpon God, and he answereth him: the iust vpright man is laughed to scorne. Job 12:5 He that is ready to slippe with [his] feet, is as a lamp despised in the thought of him that is at ease. Job 12:6 The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that prouoke God are secure, into whose hand God bringeth [abundantly].
He acknowledgeth the general doctrine of God's omnipotency.
Job 12:7 But aske now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the foules of the aire, and they shall tell thee. Job 12:8 Or speake to the earth, and it shall teach thee; and the fishes of the sea shall declare vnto thee. Job 12:9 Who knoweth not in all these, that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this? Job 12:10 In whose hand [is] the soule of euery liuing thing, and the breath of all mankinde. Job 12:11 Doeth not the eare trie wordes? And the mouth taste his meate? Job 12:12 With the ancient [is] wisedome, and in length of dayes, vnderstanding. Job 12:13 With him [is] wisedome & strength, he hath counsell and vnderstanding. Job 12:14 Behold, he breaketh downe, and it cannot be built againe: hee shutteth vp a man, and there can be no opening. Job 12:15 Behold, hee withholdeth the waters, and they drie vp: also hee sendeth them out, and they ouerturne the earth. Job 12:16 With him [is] strength & wisedome: the deceiued, and the deceiuer, [are] his. Job 12:17 He leadeth counsellers away spoiled, and maketh the Iudges fooles. Job 12:18 He looseth the bond of kings, and girdeth their loines with a girdle. Job 12:19 He leadeth Princes away spoiled, and ouerthroweth the mightie. Job 12:20 He remooueth away the speech of the trustie, and taketh away the vnderstanding of the aged. Job 12:21 He powreth contempt vpon princes, and weakeneth the strength of the mightie. Job 12:22 Hee discouereth deepe things out of darkenesse, and bringeth out to light the shadow of death. Job 12:23 He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them: hee inlargeth the nations, and straiteneth them [againe]. Job 12:24 He taketh away the heart of the chiefe of the people of the earth, and causeth them to wander in a wildernes [where there is] no way. Job 12:25 They grope in the darke without light, and hee maketh them to stagger like a drunken man.