Job, Chapter 12

12:1 Then Job answered and said,
12:2 No doubt but you+ are the people, And wisdom will die with you+.
12:3 But I have understanding as well as you+; I am not inferior to you+: Yes, who doesn't know such things as these?
12:4 I am as one who is a laughingstock to his fellow man, I who called on God, and he answered: The just, the perfect man is a laughingstock.
12:5 In the thought of him who is at ease there is contempt for misfortune; It is ready for them whose foot slips.
12:6 The tents of robbers prosper, And those who provoke God are secure; Into whose hand God brings [abundantly].
12:7 But ask now the beasts, and they will teach you; And the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you:
12:8 Or speak to the earth, and it will teach you; And the fish of the sea will declare to you.
12:9 Who doesn't know in all these, That the hand of Yahweh has wrought this,
12:10 In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, And the breath of all mankind?
12:11 Does not the ear try words, Even as the palate tastes its food?
12:12 With aged men is wisdom, And in length of days understanding.
12:13 With [God] is wisdom and might; He has counsel and understanding.
12:14 Look, he breaks down, and it can't be built again; He shuts up a man, and there can be no opening.
12:15 Look, he withholds the waters, and they dry up; Again, he sends them out, and they overturn the earth.
12:16 With him is strength and wisdom; The deceived and the deceiver are his.
12:17 He leads counselors away stripped, And judges he makes fools.
12:18 He looses the authority of kings, And he binds their loins with a loincloth.
12:19 He leads priests away stripped, And overthrows the mighty.
12:20 He removes the speech of the trusty, And takes away the understanding of the elders.
12:21 He pours contempt on princes, And looses the belt of the strong.
12:22 He uncovers deep things out of darkness, And brings out to light the shadow of death.
12:23 He increases the nations, and he destroys them: He enlarges the nations, and he leads them captive.
12:24 He takes away understanding from the chiefs of the people of the earth, And causes them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way.
12:25 They grope in the dark without light; And he makes them to stagger like a drunk man.

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