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Job 12 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:1 -

Then Job answered and said,

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:2 -

“Truly then you are the people,

And with you wisdom will die!

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:3 -

“But I have a heart of wisdom as well as you;

I do not fall short of you.

And [fn]who does not know such things as these?

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:4 -

“I am a laughingstock to [fn]my friends,

The one who called on God and He answered him;

The righteous and blameless man is a laughingstock.

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[fn]As for upheaval, there is only contempt by the one who acts at ease,

But it is prepared for those whose feet slip.

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“The tents of the destroyers are complacent,

And those who provoke God are secure,

[fn]Whom God brings into their power.

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“But now ask the beasts, and let them instruct you;

And the birds of the sky, and let them tell you.

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“Or muse to the earth, and let it instruct you;

And let the fish of the sea recount it to you.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:9 -

“Who among all these does not know

That the hand of Yahweh has done this,

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:10 -

In whose hand is the life of every living thing,

And the breath of all the flesh of man?

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“Does not the ear test words,

As the palate [fn]tastes its food?

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“Wisdom is with aged men,

With [fn]long life is discernment.

Job Speaks of God’s Strength

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:13 -

“With Him are wisdom and might;

To Him belong counsel and discernment.

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“Behold, He pulls down, and it cannot be rebuilt;

He closes a man in, and it cannot be opened.

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“Behold, He restrains the waters, and they dry up;

And He sends them out, and they overturn the earth.

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“With Him are strength and sound wisdom;

The misled and the misleader belong to Him.

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“He makes counselors walk [fn]barefoot

And makes fools of judges.

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“He opens the [fn]bond of kings

And binds their loins with a belt.

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“He makes priests walk [fn]barefoot

And subverts the enduring ones.

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“He removes speech from the faithful

And takes away the discerning taste of the elders.

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“He pours contempt on nobles

And loosens the belt of the strong.

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“He reveals mysteries from the darkness

And brings out the shadows of death into light.

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“He makes the nations great, then makes them perish;

He [fn]enlarges the nations, then leads them away.

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“He removes the heart of wisdom from the heads of the earth’s people

And makes them wander in a pathless [fn]waste.

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“They grope in darkness with no light,

And He makes them wander about like a drunken man.

LSB Footnotes
Lit with whom is there not like these?
Lit his
Lit Contempt for calamity is the thought of him who is at ease
Or He who brings God into his hand
Lit tastes food for itself
Lit length of days
Or stripped
Or discipline
Or stripped
Or spreads out
Or formlessness

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