Bible: Job 12
Job’s Reply to Zophar 1
12:1 Then Job answered:
12:2 “Without 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
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
12:7 “But now, ask the animals and they 19 will teach you,
or the birds of the sky and they will tell you.
or let the fish of the sea declare to you.
12:9 Which of all these 22 does not know
and the breath of all the human race. 27
12:11 Does not the ear test words,
12:12 Is not wisdom found among the aged? 31
Does not long life bring understanding?
12:13 “With 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
12:16 With him are strength and prudence; 39
both the one who goes astray 40
and the one who misleads are his.
and binds a loincloth 48 around their waist.
12:19 He leads priests away stripped 49
and takes away the discernment 54 of elders.
12:21 He pours contempt on noblemen
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
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.