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 wysdom shall perysh wyth you. Job 12:3 But I haue vnderstandyng as well as ye, and am no lesse then ye. Ye who knoweth not these thinges? Job 12:4 Thus he that calleth vpon God, & whom God heareth, is mocked of hys neyghboure: the godlye and innocent man is laughed to scorne. Job 12:5 Godlynesse is a light despysed in the hertes of the ryche, and is set for them to stomble vpon. Job 12:6 The houses of robbers are in wealth & prosperite, and they that maliciously medle agaynst God, dwell without care: ye God geueth all thinges rychely with hys hande.
He acknowledgeth the general doctrine of God's omnipotency.
Job 12:7 Aske the catell, & they shall infourme the: the fowles of the ayre, and they shall tell the: Job 12:8 Speake to the earth, & it shall shewe the: Or to the fysshes of the sea, and they shall certifie the. 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 lyuynge thinge, & the breth of all men. Job 12:11 Haue not the eares pleasure in hearinge, & the mouth in tastinge the thinge that it eateth? Job 12:12 Amonge olde personnes there is wysdome, & amonge the aged is vnderstandinge. Job 12:13 Ye with God is wysdome and strength, it is he that hath councell and forknowlege. Job 12:14 If he breake downe a thinge, who can set it vp agayne? If he shut a thing, who wyll open it? Job 12:15 Beholde, yf he witholde the waters, they drye vp: Yf he let them go, they destroye the earth. Job 12:16 With hym is strength and wysdome: he knoweth bothe the disceyuer & hym that is disceyued. Job 12:17 He caryeth awaye the wyse men, as it were a spoyle, and bringeth the iudges out of their wyttes. Job 12:18 He lowseth the gyrdle of kynges, and gyrdeth theyr loynes with a bonde. Job 12:19 He ledeth awaye the Preastes in to captyuyte, and turneth the myghtye vpsyde downe. Job 12:20 He taketh the verite from out of the mouth, & disapoynteth the aged of their wysdome. Job 12:21 He poureth out confusyon vpon Princes, and comforteth them that haue bene oppressed. Job 12:22 Loke what lyeth hyd in darcknesse, he declareth it openly: and the very shadowe of death bringet he to lyght. Job 12:23 He bothe increaseth the people, and destroyeth them: He maketh them to multiplye and driueth them awaye. Job 12:24 He chaungeth the herte of the Princes and Kynges of the earth and disapoynteth them: so that they go wandringe out of the waye, Job 12:25 & grope in the darcke without light, stackeringe to and fro lyke droncken men.