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Job 12 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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Job Chides His Accusers

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:1 - Then Job [fn]responded,
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 intelligence as well as you;
I am not inferior to you.
And [fn]who does not know such things as these?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:4 - “I am a joke to [fn]my friends,
The one who called on God and He answered him;
The just and blameless man is a joke.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:5 - [fn]He who is at ease holds calamity in contempt,
As prepared for those whose feet slip.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:6 - “The tents of the destroyers prosper,
And those who provoke God are secure,
[fn]Whom God brings into their power.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:7 - “But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you;
And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:8 - “Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you;
And let the fish of the sea 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 whose 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 [fn]tastes its food?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:12 - “Wisdom is with aged men,
With [fn]long life is understanding.

Job Speaks of the Power of God

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:13 - “With Him are wisdom and might;
To Him belong counsel and understanding.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:14 - “Behold, He tears down, and it cannot be rebuilt;
He [fn]imprisons a man, and [fn]there can be no release.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:15 - “Behold, He restrains the waters, and they dry up;
And He sends them out, and they [fn]inundate the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:16 - “With Him are strength and sound wisdom,
The misled and the misleader belong to Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:17 - “He makes counselors walk [fn]barefoot
And makes fools of judges.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:18 - “He loosens the [fn]bond of kings
And binds their loins with a girdle.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:19 - “He makes priests walk [fn]barefoot
And overthrows the secure ones.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:20 - “He deprives the trusted ones of speech
And takes away the discernment of the elders.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:21 - “He pours contempt on nobles
And loosens the belt of the strong.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:22 - “He reveals mysteries from the darkness
And brings the deep darkness into light.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:23 - “He makes the nations great, then destroys them;
He [fn]enlarges the nations, then leads them away.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:24 - “He deprives of intelligence the chiefs of the earth’s people
And makes them wander in a pathless waste.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:25 - “They grope in darkness with no light,
And He makes them stagger like a drunken man.
NASB95 Footnotes
Literally: answered and said
Literally: with whom is there not like these?
Literally: his
Literally: Contempt for calamity is the thought of him who is at ease
Or, He who brings God into his hand
Literally: tastes food for itself
Literally: length of days
Literally: shuts against
Literally: it is not opened
Literally: overturn
Or, stripped
Or, discipline
Or, stripped
Or, spreads out

New American Standard Bible 1995
Copyright (c) 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995
by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif.
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