English Revised Version

Job 12

Job maintaineth himself against his friends that reprove him.

Job 12:1 Then Job answered and said, Job 12:2 No doubt but ye are the people, and wisdom shall die with you. Job 12:3 But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: yea, who knoweth not such things as these? Job 12:4 I am as one that is a laughing-stock to his neighbour, [a man] that called upon God, and he answered him: the just, the perfect man is a laughing-stock. Job 12:5 In the thought of him that is at ease there is contempt for misfortune; it is ready for them whose foot slippeth. Job 12:6 The tents of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are secure; into whose hand God bringeth [abundantly].

He acknowledgeth the general doctrine of God's omnipotency.

Job 12:7 But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: Job 12:8 Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee; and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. Job 12:9 Who knoweth not in all these, that the hand of LORD hath wrought this? Job 12:10 In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind. Job 12:11 Doth not the ear try words, even as the palate tasteth its meat? Job 12:12 With aged men is wisdom, and in length of days understanding. Job 12:13 With him is wisdom and might; he hath counsel and understanding. Job 12:14 Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again; he shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening. Job 12:15 Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up; again, he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth. Job 12:16 With him is strength and effectual working; the deceived and the deceiver are his. Job 12:17 He leadeth counsellors away spoiled, and judges maketh he fools. Job 12:18 He looseth the bond of kings, and bindeth their loins with a girdle. Job 12:19 He leadeth priests away spoiled, and overthroweth the mighty. Job 12:20 He removeth the speech of the trusty, and taketh away the understanding of the elders. Job 12:21 He poureth contempt upon princes, and looseth the belt of the strong. Job 12:22 He discovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth out to light the shadow of death. Job 12:23 He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them: he spreadeth the nations abroad, and bringeth them in. Job 12:24 He taketh away the heart of the chiefs of the people of the earth, and causeth them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way. Job 12:25 They grope in the dark without light, and he maketh them to stagger like a drunken man.

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