Job Chapter 12

1Job censureth the arrogant pretensions of his friends to superior knowledge: 6he sheweth that wicked men often prosper under the hand of God; 13he acknowledgeth the divine wisdom and omnipotency.
1 And Job answered and said,
2 No doubt but ye are 1the people, and wisdom shall die with you.
3 1But I have aunderstanding as well as you; bI am not inferior to you: yea, cwho knoweth not such things as these?
4 I 1am as one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth upon God, and he 2answereth him: the just upright man is 3laughed to scorn.
5 He that is 1ready to slip with his feet is as a lamp despised 2in the thought of him that is at ease.
6 1The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are secure; into whose hand God bringeth abundantly.
7 1But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee:
8 Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.
9 Who knoweth not in all these that 1the hand of the 2Lord hath wrought 3this?
10 1In whose hand is the asoul of every living thing, and the breath of ball mankind.
11 1Doth not the ear try words? and the amouth taste his meat?
12 1With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.
13 1With ahim is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding.
14 Behold, he 1breaketh down, and it cannot be built again: he shutteth aup a man, and there can be no opening.
15 Behold, 1he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up: also 2he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.
16 1With him is strength and wisdom: the 2deceived and the deceiver are his.
17 1He leadeth counsellors away spoiled, and 2maketh the judges fools.
18 He 1looseth the bond of kings, 2and girdeth their loins with a girdle.
19 He 1leadeth princes away 2spoiled, and overthroweth the mighty.
20 1He removeth away athe speech of the trusty, and 2taketh away the understanding of the aged.
21 1He poureth contempt upon princes, and aweakeneth the strength of the mighty.
22 He 1discovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth out to light the 2shadow of death.
23 He 1increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them: he enlargeth the nations, and astraiteneth them again.
24 He 1taketh away the heart of the chief of the people of the earth, and causeth them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way.
25 They 1grope in the dark without light, and he maketh them to astagger like a drunken man.