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Then Job answered,
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“No doubt, but you are the people, and wisdom will die with you.
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But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you. Yes, who doesn’t know such things as these?
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I 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.
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In the thought of him who is at ease there is contempt for misfortune. It is ready for them whose foot slips.
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The tents of robbers prosper. Those who provoke God are secure, who carry their god in their hands.
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“But ask the animals now, and they will teach you; the birds of the sky, and they will tell you.
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Or speak to the earth, and it will teach you. The fish of the sea will declare to you.
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Who doesn’t know that in all these, Yahweh’s hand has done this,
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in whose hand is the life of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind?
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Doesn’t the ear try words, even as the palate tastes its food?
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With aged men is wisdom, in length of days understanding.
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“With God is wisdom and might. He has counsel and understanding.
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Behold, he breaks down, and it can’t be built again. He imprisons a man, and there can be no release.
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Behold, he withholds the waters, and they dry up. Again, he sends them out, and they overturn the earth.
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With him is strength and wisdom. The deceived and the deceiver are his.
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He leads counselors away stripped. He makes judges fools.
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He loosens the bond of kings. He binds their waist with a belt.
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He leads priests away stripped, and overthrows the mighty.
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He removes the speech of those who are trusted, and takes away the understanding of the elders.
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He pours contempt on princes, and loosens the belt of the strong.
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He uncovers deep things out of darkness, and brings out to light the shadow of death.
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He increases the nations, and he destroys them. He enlarges the nations, and he leads them captive.
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He 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.
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They grope in the dark without light. He makes them stagger like a drunken man.