The Book of Job (WEB)
12: 1Then Job answered,
12:2"No doubt, but you are the people,
And wisdom shall die with you.
12:3But I have understanding as well as you;
I am not inferior to you:
Yes, who doesn't know such things as these?
12:4I am like one who is a joke to his neighbor,
I, who called on God, and he answered.
The just, the blameless man is a joke.
12:5In the thought of him who is at ease there is contempt for misfortune,
It is ready for them whose foot slips.
12:6The tents of robbers prosper,
Those who provoke God are secure;
Who carry their God in their hands.
12:7"But ask the animals, now, and they shall teach you;
The birds of the sky, and they shall tell you.
12:8Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach you;
The fish of the sea shall declare to you.
12:9Who doesn't know that in all these,
The hand of Yahweh has done this,
12:10In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
The breath of all mankind?
12:11Doesn't the ear try words,
Even as the palate tastes its food?
12:12With aged men is wisdom,
In length of days understanding.
12:13"With God is wisdom and might.
He has counsel and understanding.
12:14Behold, he breaks down, and it can't be built again;
He imprisons a man, and there can be no release.
12:15Behold, he withholds the waters, and they dry up;
Again, he sends them out, and they overturn the earth.
12:16With him is strength and wisdom;
The deceived and the deceiver are his.
12:17He leads counselors away stripped.
He makes judges fools.
12:18He loosens the bond of kings,
He binds their loins with a belt.
12:19He leads priests away stripped,
And overthrows the mighty.
12:20He removes the speech of those who are trusted,
And takes away the understanding of the elders.
12:21He pours contempt on princes,
And loosens the belt of the strong.
12:22He uncovers deep things out of darkness,
And brings out to light the shadow of death.
12:23He increases the nations, and he destroys them.
He enlarges the nations, and he leads them captive.
12:24He takes away understanding from the chiefs of the people of the earth,
And causes them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way.
12:25They grope in the dark without light.
He makes them stagger like a drunken man.
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