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Job 12 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Job’s Reply to Zophar
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Then Job answered:

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No doubt you are the people,

and wisdom will die with you!

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But I also have a mind like you;

I am not inferior to you.

Who doesn’t know the things you are talking about?[fn]

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I am a laughingstock to my[fn] friends,

by calling on God, who answers me.[fn]

The righteous and blameless man is a laughingstock.

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The one who is at ease holds calamity in contempt

and thinks it is prepared for those whose feet are slipping.

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The tents of robbers are safe,

and those who trouble God are secure;

God holds them in his hands.[fn]

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But ask the animals, and they will instruct you;

ask the birds of the sky, and they will tell you.

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Or speak to the earth, and it will instruct you;

let the fish of the sea inform you.

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Which of all these does not know

that the hand of the LORD has done this?

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The life of every living thing is in his hand,

as well as the breath of all humanity.

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Doesn’t the ear test words

as the palate tastes food?

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Wisdom is found with the elderly,

and understanding comes with long life.

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Wisdom and strength belong to God;

counsel and understanding are his.

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Whatever he tears down cannot be rebuilt;

whoever he imprisons cannot be released.

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When he withholds water, everything dries up,

and when he releases it, it destroys the land.

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True wisdom and power belong to him.

The deceived and the deceiver are his.

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He leads counselors away barefoot

and makes judges go mad.

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He releases the bonds[fn] put on by kings

and fastens a belt around their waists.

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He leads priests away barefoot

and overthrows established leaders.

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He deprives trusted advisers of speech

and takes away the elders’ good judgment.

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He pours out contempt on nobles

and disarms[fn] the strong.

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He reveals mysteries from the darkness

and brings the deepest darkness into the light.

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He makes nations great, then destroys them;

he enlarges nations, then leads them away.

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He deprives the world’s leaders of reason,

and makes them wander in a trackless wasteland.

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They grope around in darkness without light;

he makes them stagger like a drunkard.

CSB Footnotes
Lit With whom are not such things as these?
Lit his
Lit him
Or secure; to those who bring their god in their hands
Text emended; MT reads discipline
Lit and loosens the belt of

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