Job maintaineth himself against his friends that reprove him.
Job 12:1 So Iob answered, and sayde: Job 12:2 Then (no doute) ye are the men alone, and wysdome shal perish with you. Job 12:3 But I haue vnderstodinge as well as ye, and am no lesse then ye. Yee who knoweth not these thinges? Job 12:4 Thus he that calleth vpo God, and whom God heareth, is mocked of his neghboure: the godly & innocent man is laughed to scorne. Job 12:5 Godlynesse is a light despysed in ye hertes of the rich, & is set for them to stomble vpon. Job 12:6 The houses of robbers are in wealth and prosperite, & they that maliciously medle agaynst God, dwel without care: yee God geueth all thinges richely with his honde.
He acknowledgeth the general doctrine of God's omnipotency.
Job 12:7 Axe the catell, & they shal enfourme the: the foules of the ayre, and they shall tell ye: Job 12:8 Speake to the earth, and it shall shewe the: Or to the fyshes of the see, and they shal certifie the. Job 12:9 What is he, but he knoweth, that ye hode of the LORDE made all these? Job 12:10 In whose honde is the soule of euery lyuynge thinge, and the breth of all men. Job 12:11 Haue not the eares pleasure in hearinge, and the mouth in tastinge the thinge that it eateth? Job 12:12 Amonge olde personnes there is wysdome, and amonge the aged is vnderstodinge. Job 12:13 Yee with God is wysdome and strength, it is he that hath councell & foreknowlege. Job 12:14 Yf he breake downe a thinge, who can set it vp agayne? Yf he shutt a thinge, who wil open it? Job 12:15 Beholde, yf he witholde the waters, they drye vp: Yf he let the go, they destroye the earth. Job 12:16 With him is strength and wysdome: he knoweth both the disceauer, and him that is disceaued. Job 12:17 He carieth awaye the wyse men, as it were a spoyle, and bryngeth the iudges out of their wyttes. Job 12:18 He lowseth the gyrdle of kynges, and gyrdeth their loynes with a bonde. Job 12:19 he ledeth awaye the prestes into captiuyte, and turneth the mightie vp syde downe. Job 12:20 He taketh the verite from out of the mouth, & disapoynteth ye aged of their wysdome. Job 12:21 He poureth out confucion vpon prynces, and coforteth them that haue bene oppressed. Job 12:22 Loke what lyeth hyd in darcknesse, he declareth it opely: 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 dryueth them awaye. Job 12:24 He chaungeth the herte of the prynces and kynges of the earth, and disapoynteth them: so that they go wadringe out of the waye, Job 12:25 and grope in the darke without light, stackeringe to and fro like droncken men.