Job maintaineth himself against his friends that reprove him.
Job 12:1 Then Iob answered, and sayde, Job 12:2 In deede because that ye are the people onely, wisedome must dye with you. Job 12:3 But I haue vnderstanding aswel as you, and am not inferior vnto you: yea, who knoweth not such things? Job 12:4 I am as one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth vpon God, and he heareth him: the iust and the vpright is laughed to scorne. Job 12:5 Hee that is readie to fall, is as a lampe despised in the opinion of the riche. Job 12:6 The tabernacles of robbers doe prosper, and they are in safetie, that prouoke God, whome God hath enriched with his hand.
He acknowledgeth the general doctrine of God's omnipotency.
Job 12:7 Aske now the beasts, and they shall teach thee, and the foules of the heauen, and they shall tell thee: Job 12:8 Or speake to the earth, and it shall shewe thee: or the fishes of the sea, and they shall declare vnto thee. Job 12:9 Who is ignorant of all these, but that the hande of the Lord hath made these? Job 12:10 In whose hande is the soule of euery liuing thing, and the breath of all mankinde. Job 12:11 Doeth not the eares discerne the words? and the mouth taste meate for it selfe? Job 12:12 Among the ancient is wisedome, and in the length of dayes is vnderstanding. Job 12:13 With him is wisedome and strength: he hath counsell and vnderstanding. Job 12:14 Beholde, he will breake downe, and it can not be built: he shutteth a man vp, and he can not be loosed. Job 12:15 Beholde, he withholdeth the waters, and they drie vp: but when he sendeth them out, they destroy the earth. Job 12:16 With him is strength and wisedome: hee that is deceiued, and that deceiueth, are his. Job 12:17 He causeth the counsellers to goe as spoyled, and maketh the iudges fooles. Job 12:18 He looseth the collar of Kings, and girdeth their loynes with a girdle. Job 12:19 He leadeth away the princes as a pray, and ouerthroweth the mightie. Job 12:20 He taketh away the speach from the faithfull counsellers, and taketh away the iudgement of the ancient. Job 12:21 He powreth contempt vpon princes, and maketh the strength of the mightie weake. Job 12:22 He discouereth the deepe places from their darkenesse, and bringeth foorth the shadowe of death to light. Job 12:23 He increaseth the people, and destroyeth them: he inlargeth the nations, and bringeth them in againe. Job 12:24 He taketh away the heartes of the that are the chiefe ouer the people of the earth, & maketh them to wander in the wildernes out of the way. Job 12:25 They grope in the darke without light: and he maketh the to stagger like a drunken ma.