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Job 12 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:1 - Then Job replied:
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:2 - “Doubtless you are the only people who matter, and wisdom will die with you!
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:3 - But I have a mind as well as you; I am not inferior to you. Who does not know all these things?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:4 - “I have become a laughingstock to my friends, though I called on God and he answered— a mere laughingstock, though righteous and blameless!
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:5 - Those who are at ease have contempt for misfortune as the fate of those whose feet are slipping.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:6 - The tents of marauders are undisturbed, and those who provoke God are secure— those God has in his hand.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:7 - “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:8 - or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:9 - Which of 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 creature and the breath of all mankind.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:11 - Does not the ear test words as the tongue tastes food?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:12 - Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:13 - “To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:14 - What he tears down cannot be rebuilt; those he imprisons cannot be released.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:15 - If he holds back the waters, there is drought; if he lets them loose, they devastate the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:16 - To him belong strength and insight; both deceived and deceiver are his.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:17 - He leads rulers away stripped and makes fools of judges.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:18 - He takes off the shackles put on by kings and ties a loincloth[fn] around their waist.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:19 - He leads priests away stripped and overthrows officials long established.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:20 - He silences the lips of trusted advisers and takes away the discernment of elders.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:21 - He pours contempt on nobles and disarms the mighty.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:22 - He reveals the deep things of darkness and brings utter darkness into the light.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:23 - He makes nations great, and destroys them; he enlarges nations, and disperses them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:24 - He deprives the leaders of the earth of their reason; he makes them wander in a trackless waste.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:25 - They grope in darkness with no light; he makes them stagger like drunkards.
NIV Footnotes
Or those whose god is in their own hand
Or shackles of kings / and ties a belt

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