Job Chapter 12 |
1Then Job said in reply:
2Indeed, you are the [voice of] the people,
And wisdom will die with you.
3But I, like you, have a mind,
And am not less than you.
Who does not know such things?
4I have become a laughingstock to my friend—
“One who calls to God and is answered,
Blamelessly innocent”—a laughingstock.
5In the thought of the complacent there is contempt for calamity;
It is ready for those whose foot slips.
6Robbers live untroubled in their tents,
And those who provoke God are secure,
Those whom God’s hands have produced.
7But ask the beasts, and they will teach you;
The birds of the sky, they will tell you,
8Or speak to the earth, it will teach you;
The fish of the sea, they will inform you.
9Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the Lord has done this?
10In His hand is every living soul
And the breath of all mankind.
11Truly, the ear tests arguments
As the palate tastes foods.
12Is wisdom in the aged
And understanding in the long-lived?
13With Him are wisdom and courage;
His are counsel and understanding.
14Whatever He tears down cannot be rebuilt;
Whomever He imprisons cannot be set free.
15When He holds back the waters, they dry up;
When He lets them loose, they tear up the land.
16With Him are strength and resourcefulness;
Erring and causing to err are from Him.
17He makes counselors go about naked
And causes judges to go mad.
18He undoes the belts of kings,
And fastens loincloths on them.
19He makes priests go about naked,
And leads temple-servants astray.
20He deprives trusty men of speech,
And takes away the reason of elders.
21He pours disgrace upon great men,
And loosens the belt of the mighty.
22He draws mysteries out of the darkness,
And brings obscurities to light.
23He exalts nations, then destroys them;
He expands nations, then leads them away.
24He deranges the leaders of the people,
And makes them wander in a trackless waste.
25They grope without light in the darkness;
He makes them wander as if drunk.