|Then Job answered:||Job. Jb.12.1-14.22|
|"No doubt you are the people, |
and wisdom will die with you.
|But I have understanding as well as you; |
I am not inferior to you.
Who does not know such things as these?
|I am a laughingstock to my friends; |
I, who called upon God and he answered me,
a just and blameless man, am a laughingstock.
|In the thought of one who is at ease there is contempt for misfortune;|
it is ready for those whose feet slip.
|The tents of robbers are at peace, |
and those who provoke God are secure,
who bring their god in their hand.
|"But ask the beasts, and they will teach you;|
the birds of the air, and they will tell you;
|or the plants of the earth, and they will teach you; |
and the fish of the sea will declare to you.
|Who among all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this?|
|In his hand is the life of every living thing |
and the breath of all mankind.
|Does not the ear try words |
as the palate tastes food?
|Wisdom is with the aged, |
and understanding in length of days.
|"With God are wisdom and might; |
he has counsel and understanding.
|If he tears down, none can rebuild;|
if he shuts a man in, none can open.
|If he withholds the waters, they dry up;|
if he sends them out, they overwhelm the land.
|With him are strength and wisdom;|
the deceived and the deceiver are his.
|He leads counselors away stripped,|
and judges he makes fools.
|He looses the bonds of kings, |
and binds a waistcloth on their loins.
|He leads priests away stripped, |
and overthrows the mighty.
|He deprives of speech those who are trusted, |
and takes away the discernment of the elders.
|He pours contempt on princes, |
and looses the belt of the strong.
|He uncovers the deeps out of darkness, |
and brings deep darkness to light.
|He makes nations great, and he destroys them: |
he enlarges nations, and leads them away.
|He takes away understanding from the chiefs of the people of the earth, |
and makes them wander in a pathless waste.
|They grope in the dark without light; |
and he makes them stagger like a drunken man.
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