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Job 12 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Job Replies: The Lord Has Done This

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:1 - Then Job answered and said:
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:2 - “No doubt you are the people,
and wisdom will die with you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:3 - But I have understanding as well as you;
I am not inferior to you.
Who does not know such things as these?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:4 - I am a laughingstock to my friends;
I, who called to God and he answered me,
a just and blameless man, am a laughingstock.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:5 - In the thought of one who is at ease there is contempt for misfortune;
it is ready for those whose feet slip.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:6 - The tents of robbers are at peace,
and those who provoke God are secure,
who bring their god in their hand.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:7 - “But ask the beasts, and they will teach you;
the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:8 - or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you;[fn]
and the fish of the sea will declare to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:9 - Who among all these does not know
that the hand of the LORD has done this?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:10 - In his hand is the life of every living thing
and the breath of all mankind.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:11 - Does not the ear test words
as the palate tastes food?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:12 - Wisdom is with the aged,
and understanding in length of days.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:13 - “With God[fn] are wisdom and might;
he has counsel and understanding.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:14 - If he tears down, none can rebuild;
if he shuts a man in, none can open.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:15 - If he withholds the waters, they dry up;
if he sends them out, they overwhelm the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:16 - With him are strength and sound wisdom;
the deceived and the deceiver are his.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:17 - He leads counselors away stripped,
and judges he makes fools.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:18 - He looses the bonds of kings
and binds a waistcloth on their hips.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:19 - He leads priests away stripped
and overthrows the mighty.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:20 - He deprives of speech those who are trusted
and takes away the discernment of the elders.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:21 - He pours contempt on princes
and loosens the belt of the strong.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:22 - He uncovers the deeps out of darkness
and brings deep darkness to light.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:23 - He makes nations great, and he destroys them;
he enlarges nations, and leads them away.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:24 - He takes away understanding from the chiefs of the people of the earth
and makes them wander in a trackless waste.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:25 - They grope in the dark without light,
and he makes them stagger like a drunken man.
ESV Footnotes
The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
Or or speak to the earth, and it will teach you
Hebrew him

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