Job 12 Notes, Meaning, and Commentary

Job 12


Job 12:1

Then Job answered and said,

Job 12:2

No doubt but ye are the people, And wisdom shall die with you.

Job 12:3

But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: Yea, who knoweth not such things as these?

Job 12:4

I am as one that is a laughing-stock to his neighbor, I who called upon God, and he answered: The just, the perfect man is a laughing-stock.

Job 12:5

In the thought of him that is at ease there is contempt for misfortune; It is ready for them whose foot slippeth.

Job 12:6

The tents of robbers prosper, And they that provoke God are secure; Into whose hand God bringeth [abundantly].

Job 12:7

But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; And the birds of the heavens, and they shall tell thee:

Job 12:8

Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee; And the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.

Job 12:9

Who knoweth not in all these, That the hand of Jehovah hath wrought this,

Job 12:10

In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, And the breath of all mankind?

Job 12:11

Doth not the ear try words, Even as the palate tasteth its food?

Job 12:12

With aged men is wisdom, And in length of days understanding.

Job 12:13

With [God] is wisdom and might; He hath counsel and understanding.

Job 12:14

Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again; He shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.

Job 12:15

Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up; Again, he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.

Job 12:16

With him is strength and wisdom; The deceived and the deceiver are his.

Job 12:17

He leadeth counsellors away stripped, And judges maketh he fools.

Job 12:18

He looseth the bond of kings, And he bindeth their loins with a girdle.

Job 12:19

He leadeth priests away stripped, And overthroweth the mighty.

Job 12:20

He removeth the speech of the trusty, And taketh away the understanding of the elders.

Job 12:21

He poureth contempt upon princes, And looseth the belt of the strong.

Job 12:22

He uncovereth deep things out of darkness, And bringeth out to light the shadow of death.

Job 12:23

He increaseth the nations, and he destroyeth them: He enlargeth the nations, and he leadeth them captive.

Job 12:24

He taketh away understanding from the chiefs of the people of the earth, And causeth them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way.

Job 12:25

They grope in the dark without light; And he maketh them to stagger like a drunken man.

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