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Job 12 :: Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

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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,

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But I also have a mind;

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 upright man is a laughingstock. 

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The one who is at ease  holds calamity in contempt

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The tents of robbers are safe, 

and those who provoke God are secure;

God’s power provides this. [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;

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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,

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Doesn’t the ear test words

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Wisdom is found with the elderly,

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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 the waters, everything dries up,

and when He releases them, they destroy 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

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He pours out contempt on nobles

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He reveals mysteries from the darkness

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He makes nations great, then destroys them;

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He deprives the world’s leaders of reason,

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They grope around in darkness without light;

He makes them stagger like drunken men. 

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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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