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And Job made answer and said,
Job 12:2 ←
No doubt you have knowledge, and wisdom will come to an end with you.
Job 12:3 ←
But I have a mind as well as you; I am equal to you: yes, who has not knowledge of such things as these?
Job 12:4 ←
It seems that I am to be as one who is a cause of laughing to his neighbour, one who makes his prayer to God and is answered! the upright man who has done no wrong is to be made sport of!
Job 12:5 ←
In the thought of him who is in comfort there is no respect for one who is in trouble; such is the fate of those whose feet are slipping.
Job 12:6 ←
There is wealth in the tents of those who make destruction, and those by whom God is moved to wrath are safe; even those whose god is their strength.
Job 12:7 ←
But put now a question to the beasts, and get teaching from them; or to the birds of the heaven, and they will make it clear to you;
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Or to the things which go flat on the earth, and they will give you wisdom; and the fishes of the sea will give you news of it.
Job 12:9 ←
Who does not see by all these that the hand of the Lord has done this?
Job 12:10 ←
In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all flesh of man.
Job 12:11 ←
Are not words tested by the ear, even as food is tasted by the mouth?
Job 12:12 ←
Old men have wisdom, and a long life gives knowledge.
Job 12:13 ←
With him there is wisdom and strength; power and knowledge are his.
Job 12:14 ←
Truly, there is no building up of what is pulled down by him; when a man is shut up by him, no one may let him loose.
Job 12:15 ←
Truly, he keeps back the waters and they are dry; he sends them out and the earth is overturned.
Job 12:16 ←
With him are strength and wise designs; he who is guided into error, together with his guide, are in his hands;
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He takes away the wisdom of the wise guides, and makes judges foolish;
Job 12:18 ←
He undoes the chains of kings, and puts his band on them;
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He makes priests prisoners, overturning those in safe positions;
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He makes the words of responsible persons without effect, and takes away the good sense of the old;
Job 12:21 ←
He puts shame on chiefs, and takes away the power of the strong;
Job 12:22 ←
Uncovering deep things out of the dark, and making the deep shade bright;
Job 12:23 ←
Increasing nations, and sending destruction on them; making wide the lands of peoples, and then giving them up.
Job 12:24 ←
He takes away the wisdom of the rulers of the earth, and sends them wandering in a waste where there is no way.
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They go feeling about in the dark without light, wandering without help like those overcome with wine.