Job 12:1 And Iyoḇ answered and said,
Job 12:2 “Truly you are the people, and wisdom would die with you!
Job 12:3 But I, like you, have a heart too; I am not less than you. And who does not know such as these?
Job 12:4 I have become a laughing-stock to my friends – one who has called on Eloah and He answered him! A laughing-stock is the righteous, the perfect one!
Job 12:5 A lamp is despised in the thought of one who is at ease – prepared for those whose feet slip.
Job 12:6 The tents of robbers are at peace, and those who provoke Ěl are complacent, to him who brings Eloah into his hand!
Job 12:7 But now ask the beasts, and they teach you; and the birds of the heavens, and they declare it to you;
Job 12:8 or speak to the earth, and it teaches you; and the fish of the sea inform you.
Job 12:9 Who among all these does not know that the hand of יהוה (Yahweh) has done this,
Job 12:10 in whose hand is the life of all that live, and the breath of all mankind?
Job 12:11 Does the ear not try words? And the mouth taste food for itself?
Job 12:12 With the aged is wisdom, and understanding with length of days.
Job 12:13 With Him are wisdom and might, He has counsel and understanding.
Job 12:14 Look, He breaks down, and it is not rebuilt. If He imprisons a man, there is no release.
Job 12:15 Look, He withholds the waters, and they dry up. And He sends them out, and they overwhelm the earth.
Job 12:16 With Him are strength and ability. The misled and the misleader are His.
Job 12:17 He leads counsellors away stripped, and makes judges go mad.
Job 12:18 He loosens the bonds of sovereigns, and binds a girdle on their loins;
Job 12:19 who leads away priests as a spoil, and overthrows the mighty;
Job 12:20 turning aside the lip of the trusted ones, and takes away the discernment of the elders;
Job 12:21 pouring scorn on nobles, and loosens the girdle of the strong;
Job 12:22 revealing deep matters out of darkness, and He brings the shadow of death to light;
Job 12:23 making nations great, and He destroys them; spreading out the nations, and He leads them out.
Job 12:24 turning aside the heart of the chiefs of the people of the earth, and He makes them wander in a pathless waste.
Job 12:25 They grope in darkness, having no light, and He makes them stagger like a drunkard.
The Scriptures by Institute For Scripture Research – 2009 Edition
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