Bible: Job 12

Job’s Reply to Zophar 1 

12:1 Then Job answered:

12:2Without a doubt you are the people, 2 

and wisdom will die with you. 3 

12:3 I also have understanding 4  as well as you;

I am not inferior to you. 5 

Who does not know such things as these? 6 

12:4 I am 7  a laughingstock 8  to my friends, 9 

I, who called on God and whom he answered 10 

a righteous and blameless 11  man

is a laughingstock!

12:5 For calamity, 12  there is derision

(according to the ideas of the fortunate 13 ) –

a fate 14  for those whose feet slip!

12:6 But 15  the tents of robbers are peaceful,

and those who provoke God are confident 16 

who carry their god in their hands. 17 

Knowledge of God’s Wisdom 18 

12:7But now, ask the animals and they 19  will teach you,

or the birds of the sky and they will tell you.

12:8 Or speak 20  to the earth 21  and it will teach you,

or let the fish of the sea declare to you.

12:9 Which of all these 22  does not know

that the hand of the Lord 23  has done 24  this,

12:10 in whose hand 25  is the life 26  of every creature

and the breath of all the human race. 27 

12:11 Does not the ear test words,

as 28  the tongue 29  tastes food? 30 

12:12 Is not wisdom found among the aged? 31 

Does not long life bring understanding?

12:13With God 32  are wisdom and power;

counsel and understanding are his. 33 

12:14 If 34  he tears down, it cannot be rebuilt;

if he imprisons a person, there is no escape. 35 

12:15 If he holds back the waters, then they dry up; 36 

if he releases them, 37  they destroy 38  the land.

12:16 With him are strength and prudence; 39 

both the one who goes astray 40 

and the one who misleads are his.

12:17 He 41  leads 42  counselors away stripped 43 

and makes judges 44  into fools. 45 

12:18 He loosens 46  the bonds 47  of kings

and binds a loincloth 48  around their waist.

12:19 He leads priests away stripped 49 

and overthrows 50  the potentates. 51 

12:20 He deprives the trusted advisers 52  of speech 53 

and takes away the discernment 54  of elders.

12:21 He pours contempt on noblemen

and disarms 55  the powerful. 56 

12:22 He reveals the deep things of darkness,

and brings deep shadows 57  into the light.

12:23 He makes nations great, 58  and destroys them;

he extends the boundaries of nations

and disperses 59  them. 60 

12:24 He deprives the leaders of the earth 61 

of their understanding; 62 

he makes them wander

in a trackless desert waste. 63 

12:25 They grope about in darkness 64  without light;

he makes them stagger 65  like drunkards.

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