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Job 12 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Job Answers His Critics
Job Answers His Critics
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.
Indeed, who does not know such things as these?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:4 - “I am one mocked by his friends,
Who called on God, and He answered him,
The just and blameless who is ridiculed.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:5 - A lamp[fn] is despised in the thought of one who is at ease;
It is made ready for those whose feet slip.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:6 - The tents of robbers prosper,
And those who provoke God are secure—
In what God provides by His hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:7 - “But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you;
And the birds of the air, and they will tell you;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:8 - Or speak to the earth, and it will teach you;
And the fish of the sea will explain 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
And the mouth taste its food?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:12 - Wisdom is with aged men,
And with length of days, understanding.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:13 - “With Him are wisdom and strength,
He has counsel and understanding.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:14 - If He breaks a thing down, it cannot be rebuilt;
If He imprisons a man, there can be no release.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:15 - If He withholds the waters, they dry up;
If He sends them out, they overwhelm the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:16 - With Him are strength and prudence.
The deceived and the deceiver are His.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:17 - He leads counselors away plundered,
And makes fools of the judges.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:18 - He loosens the bonds of kings,
And binds their waist with a belt.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:19 - He leads princes[fn] away plundered,
And overthrows the mighty.
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 princes,
And disarms the mighty.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:22 - He uncovers deep things out of darkness,
And brings the shadow of death to light.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:23 - He makes nations great, and destroys them;
He enlarges nations, and guides them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:24 - He takes away the understanding[fn] of the chiefs of the people of the earth,
And makes them wander in a pathless wilderness.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 12:25 - They grope in the dark without light,
And He makes them stagger like a drunken man.
NKJV Footnotes
Or disaster
Literally priests, but not in a technical sense
Literally heart

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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