Job maintaineth himself against his friends that reprove him.
Job 12:1 Then responded Job, and said: Job 12:2 Of a truth, ye, are the people, and, with you, wisdom, will die. Job 12:3 I also, have a mind like you, I, fall not short, of you, But who hath not such things as these? Job 12:4 A laughing-stock to one's neighbour, do I become, one who hath called upon GOD and he hath answered him! A laughing-stocka righteous man without blame! Job 12:5 For ruin, there is contempt, in the thought of the man at ease,ready, for such as are of faltering foot! Job 12:6 At peace are the tents that belong to the spoilers, and there is security to them who provoke GOD, To him who bringeth a god in his hand.
He acknowledgeth the general doctrine of God's omnipotency.
Job 12:7 But, in very deed, ask, I pray thee, the beasts, and they will teach thee, and the bird of the heavens, and it will tell thee; Job 12:8 Or address the earth, and it will teach thee, and the fishes of the sea, will recount it to thee: Job 12:9 Who knoweth not, among all these, that, the hand of Yahweh, hath done this? Job 12:10 In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the spirit of all the flesh of men. Job 12:11 Doth not, the ear, try, words? even as, the palate, tasteth for itself, food? Job 12:12 In the Ancient, is wisdom, and [in] Length of Days, understanding: Job 12:13 With Him, are wisdom and strength, to Him, pertain counsel and understanding. Job 12:14 Lo! He pulleth down, and it cannot be built, He closeth up over a man, and it cannot be opened: Job 12:15 Lo! He holdeth back the waters, and they dry up, or sendeth them out, and they transform the earth: Job 12:16 With Him, is strength and effective wisdom, to Him, belong he that erreth, and he that causeth to err. Job 12:17 Who leadeth away counselors [as] a spoil, and, judges, He befooleth: Job 12:18 The fetters of kings, He looseth, or hath bound a slave's waistcloth about their loins: Job 12:19 Who leadeth away priests [as] a spoil, and, men firmly seated, He overturneth: Job 12:20 Setting aside the speech of the trusty, and, the discernment of elders, He taketh away: Job 12:21 Pouring contempt upon nobles, and, the girdle of the mighty, hath He loosed: Job 12:22 Laying open deep things, out of darkness, and bringing out to light, the death-shade: Job 12:23 Who giveth greatness to nations, or destroyeth them, Who spreadeth out nations, or leadeth them into exile: Job 12:24 Who taketh away the sense of the chiefs of the people of the earth, and hath caused them to wander in a pathless waste: Job 12:25 They grope about in the dark, having no light, and He hath made them to reel, like a drunken man.