||English: New American Standard Bible
Job 12 [Commentary] |
||Then Job responded,
||"Truly then you are the people,
And with you wisdom will die!
||"But I have intelligence as well as you;
I am not inferior to you.
And who does not know such things as these?
||"I am a joke to my friends,
The one who called on God and He answered him;
The just and blameless man is a joke.
||"He who is at ease holds calamity in contempt,
As prepared for those whose feet slip.
||"The tents of the destroyers prosper,
And those who provoke God are secure,
Whom God brings into their power.
||"But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you;
And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
||"Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you;
And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
||"Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the LORD has done this,
||In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?
||"Does not the ear test words,
As the palate tastes its food?
||"Wisdom is with aged men,
With long life is understanding.
||"With Him are wisdom and might;
To Him belong counsel and understanding.
||"Behold, He tears down, and it cannot be rebuilt;
He imprisons a man, and there can be no release.
||"Behold, He restrains the waters, and they dry up;
And He sends them out, and they inundate the earth.
||"With Him are strength and sound wisdom,
The misled and the misleader belong to Him.
||"He makes counselors walk barefoot
And makes fools of judges.
||"He loosens the bond of kings
And binds their loins with a girdle.
||"He makes priests walk barefoot
And overthrows the secure ones.
||"He deprives the trusted ones of speech
And takes away the discernment of the elders.
||"He pours contempt on nobles
And loosens the belt of the strong.
||"He reveals mysteries from the darkness
And brings the deep darkness into light.
||"He makes the nations great, then destroys them;
He enlarges the nations, then leads them away.
||"He deprives of intelligence the chiefs of the earth's people
And makes them wander in a pathless waste.
||"They grope in darkness with no light,
And He makes them stagger like a drunken man.
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