World English Bible
Job, Chapter 12

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

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