Job maintaineth himself against his friends that reprove him.
Job 12:1 So Iob answered, and sayd: Job 12:2 Then (no doute) ye are the men alone, & wysdome shall perysh with you. Job 12:3 But I haue vnderstandyng as wel as ye, and am no lesse then ye. Yee, who knoweth not these thynges? Job 12:4 Thus he that calleth vpon God, and whom God heareth, is mocked of hys neyghboure: the godly and innocent man is laughed to scorne. Job 12:5 Godlynes is a lyght despysed in þe hertes of the ryche, and is set for them to stomble vpon. Job 12:6 The houses of robers are in wealth & prosperite: and they that malyciously medle agaynst God, dwell without care, in those thynges that God hath geuen rychely with hys hande.
He acknowledgeth the general doctrine of God's omnipotency.
Job 12:7 Aske the catell, and they shall infourme the: the foules of the ayre, and they shall tell the. Job 12:8 Or the increace of the earth, and it shall shewe the. Or the fysshers of the see, and they shall certifye þe. 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 liuyng thynge, and the breth of the flesh of all men. Job 12:11 Haue not the eares pleasure in hering, and and the mouth in tastynge the thynge that it eateth? Job 12:12 Amonge olde personnes there is wisdome, and in age is vnderstandyng. Job 12:13 Yee, with God is wysdome and strength, it is he that hath councell and forknowledge. Job 12:14 Beholde, If he breake downe a thyng, who can set it vp agayne? If he shut a thynge, who will open it? Job 12:15 Behold, yf he witholde þe waters, they drye vp. If he let them go, they destroye the erth. Job 12:16 With him is strength & wysdome: he knoweth both the disceauer & hym that is disceaued. Job 12:17 He carieth awaye the wyse men, as it were a spoyle, and bryngeth the iudges oute of theyr wittes. Job 12:18 He taketh awaye the subieccion of the people from their kinges, and gyrdeth theyr loynes with a bonde. Job 12:19 He ledeth awaye the greate men into captiuyte, and turneth the mightye vpsyde downe. Job 12:20 He taketh the veryte from out of the mouth, and disapointeth the aged of theyr reason. Job 12:21 He poureth the confusion vpon prynces, and comforteth them that haue bene oppressed. Job 12:22 Loke what lyeth hyd in darcknes, he declareth it openly: and the very shadowe of death bryngeth he to lyght. Job 12:23 He both increaseth the people, and destroyeth them. He maketh them to multyplye, and dryueth them awaye. Job 12:24 He chaungeth the herte of them that rule the people of the earthe, and disapoynteth them: so that they go wandrynge out of the waye, Job 12:25 and grope in the darcke without lyght: he maketh them also to stacker to and fro lyke droncken men.