Job maintaineth himself against his friends that reprove him.
Job 12:1 So Iob aunswered, & saide: Job 12:2 Then no doubt ye are the men alone, and wysdome shall perishe with you. Job 12:3 But I haue vnderstanding aswell as ye, and am not inferior to you: Yea who knoweth not these thinges? Job 12:4 I am as one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth vpon God, & he heareth him: The iust & the vpright is laughed to scorne. Job 12:5 Being as alight despised in the heartes of the riche, and as one redy to fall. Job 12:6 The houses of robbers are in wealth and prosperitie, and they that maliciouslie meddle against God dwell without care, in those thinges that God hath geuen richely with his hande.
He acknowledgeth the general doctrine of God's omnipotency.
Job 12:7 Aske the cattaile, and they shall enfourme thee: the foules of the ayre, and they shall tell thee. Job 12:8 Or the encrease of the earth, and it shall shew thee: or the fishes of the sea, and they shall certifie thee. Job 12:9 What is he but he knoweth that the hande of the Lorde made all these? Job 12:10 In whose hande is the soule of euery liuing thing, and the breath of all mankinde. Job 12:11 Haue not the eares pleasure in hearing? and the mouth in tasting the thing that it eateth? Job 12:12 Among olde persons there is wysedome, and in age is vnderstanding. Job 12:13 Yea, with [God] is wysdome and strength, it is he that hath counsell and foreknowledge. Job 12:14 Beholde if he breake downe a thing, who can set it vp againe? yf he shut a thing, who wyll open it? Job 12:15 Beholde, if he withholde the waters, they drye vp: yf he let them go, they destroy the earth. Job 12:16 With him is strength and wysdome: both the deceauer and he that is deceaued are his. Job 12:17 He carieth away the wyse men as it were a spoyle, and bringeth the iudges out of their wittes. Job 12:18 He taketh away the subiection of the people from their kinges, and girdeth their loynes with a bonde. Job 12:19 He leadeth away the great men into captiuitie, and turneth the mightie vpside downe. Job 12:20 He stoppeth the mouth of them that speake trueth, & disapoynteth the aged of their reason. Job 12:21 He powreth contempt vpon princes, and maketh the strength of the mightie weake. Job 12:22 Loke what lyeth hid in darkenesse he declareth it openly, and the very shadowe of death bringeth he to light. Job 12:23 He [both] increaseth the people and destroyeth them, he maketh them to multiplie, and diminisheth them. Job 12:24 He taketh away the hearte of them that be heades of ye people of the earth, and causeth them to wander in the wildernesse out of the way. Job 12:25 They grope in the darke without light, and he maketh them to stacker like a drunken man.