Job maintaineth himself against his friends that reprove him.
Job 12:1 And Job answereth and saith: Job 12:2 Trulyye [are] the people, And with you doth wisdom die. Job 12:3 I also have a heart like you, I am not fallen more than you, And with whom is there not like these? Job 12:4 A laughter to his friend I am: 'He calleth to God, and He answereth him,' A laughter [is] the perfect righteous one. Job 12:5 A torchdespised in the thoughts of the secure Is prepared for those sliding with the feet. Job 12:6 At peace are the tents of spoilers, And those provoking God have confidence, He into whose hand God hath brought.
He acknowledgeth the general doctrine of God's omnipotency.
Job 12:7 And yet, ask, I pray thee, [One of] the beasts, and it doth shew thee, And a fowl of the heavens, And it doth declare to thee. Job 12:8 Or talk to the earth, and it sheweth thee, And fishes of the sea recount to thee: Job 12:9 'Who hath not known in all these, That the hand of Jehovah hath done this? Job 12:10 In whose hand [is] the breath of every living thing, And the spirit of all flesh of man.' Job 12:11 Doth not the ear try words? And the palate taste food for itself? Job 12:12 With the very aged [is] wisdom, And [with] length of days understanding. Job 12:13 With Him [are] wisdom and might, To him [are] counsel and understanding. Job 12:14 Lo, He breaketh down, and it is not built up, He shutteth against a man, And it is not opened. Job 12:15 Lo, He keepeth in the waters, and they are dried up, And he sendeth them forth, And they overturn the land. Job 12:16 With Him [are] strength and wisdom, His the deceived and deceiver. Job 12:17 Causing counsellors to go away a spoil, And judges He maketh foolish. Job 12:18 The bands of kings He hath opened, And He bindeth a girdle on their loins. Job 12:19 Causing ministers to go away a spoil And strong ones He overthroweth. Job 12:20 Turning aside the lip of the stedfast, And the reason of the aged He taketh away. Job 12:21 Pouring contempt upon princes, And the girdle of the mighty He made feeble. Job 12:22 Removing deep things out of darkness, And He bringeth out to light death-shade. Job 12:23 Magnifying the nations, and He destroyeth them, Spreading out the nations, and He quieteth them. Job 12:24 Turning aside the heart Of the heads of the people of the land, And he causeth them to wander In vacancyno way! Job 12:25 They feel darkness, and not light, He causeth them to wander as a drunkard.