NASB — Job 12 — KJV

Job Chides His Accusers

1 Then Job Iresponded,
  2 “Truly then ayou are the people,
  And with you wisdom will die!
  3 “But aI have intelligence as well as you;
  I am not inferior to you.
  And Iwho does not know such things as these?
  4 “I am a ajoke to Imy friends,
  The one who called on God and He answered him;
  The just [and] bblameless [man] is a joke.
  5IHe who is at ease holds calamity in contempt,
  As prepared for those whose feet slip.
  6 “The atents of the destroyers prosper,
  And those who provoke God bare secure,
  IWhom God brings cinto their power.

[1] ILit answered and said
[2] aJb 17:10
[3] ILit with whom is there not like these? aJb 13:2
[4] ILit his aJb 17:6; 30:1, 9, 10; 34:7 bJb 6:29
[5] ILit Contempt for calamity is the thought of him who is at ease
[6] IOr He who brings God into his hand aJb 9:24; 21:7-9 bJb 24:23 cJb 22:18

  7 ¶ “But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you;
  And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
  8 “Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you;
  And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
  9 “Who among all these does not know
  That athe hand of the LORD has done this,
  10 aIn whose hand is the life of every living thing,
  And bthe breath of all mankind?
  11 “Does not athe ear test words,
  As the palate Itastes its food?
  12 “Wisdom is with aaged men,
  [With] Ilong life is understanding.

[9] aIs 41:20
[10] aAc 17:28 bJb 27:3; 33:4
[11] ILit tastes food for itself aJb 34:3
[12] ILit length of days aJb 15:10; 32:7

Job Speaks of the Power of God

  13 ¶ “With Him are awisdom and amight;
  To Him belong counsel and bunderstanding.
  14 “Behold, He atears down, and it cannot be rebuilt;
  He Ibimprisons a man, and IIthere can be no release.
  15 “Behold, He arestrains the waters, and they dry up;
  And He bsends them out, and they Iinundate the earth.
  16 “With Him are strength and sound wisdom,
  The amisled and the misleader belong to Him.
  17 “He makes acounselors walk Ibarefoot
  And makes fools of bjudges.
  18 “He aloosens the Ibond of kings
  And binds their loins with a girdle.
  19 “He makes priests walk Ibarefoot
  And overthrows athe secure ones.
  20 “He deprives the trusted ones of speech
  And atakes away the discernment of the elders.
  21 “He apours contempt on nobles
  And bloosens the belt of the strong.
  22 “He areveals mysteries from the darkness
  And brings the deep darkness into light.
  23 “He amakes the nations great, then destroys them;
  He Ienlarges the nations, then leads them away.
  24 “He adeprives of intelligence the chiefs of the earth’s people
  And makes them wander in a pathless waste.
  25 “They agrope in darkness with no light,
  And He makes them bstagger like a drunken man.

[13] aJb 9:4 bJb 11:6; 26:12; 32:8; 36:5; 38:36
[14] ILit shuts against IILit it is not opened aJb 19:10; Is 25:2 bJb 37:7
[15] ILit overturn aDt 11:17; 1K 8:35; 17:1 bGn 7:11-24
[16] aJb 13:7, 9
[17] IOr stripped aJb 3:14 bJb 9:24
[18] IOr discipline aPs 116:16
[19] IOr stripped aJb 24:22; 34:24-28; 35:9
[20] aJb 17:4; 32:9
[21] aJb 34:19; Ps 107:40 bJb 12:18
[22] aDn 2:22; 1Co 4:5
[23] IOr spreads out aIs 9:3; 26:15
[24] aJb 12:20
[25] aJb 5:14 bIs 24:20


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Job maintaineth himself against his friends that reprove him.

1 ¶ And Job answered and said, 2 No doubt but ye [are] the people, and wisdom shall die with you. 3 But I have understanding as well as you; I [am] not inferior to you: yea, who knoweth not such things as these? 4 I am [as] one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth upon God, and he answereth him: the just upright [man is] laughed to scorn. 5 He that is ready to slip with [his] feet [is as] a lamp despised in the thought of him that is at ease. 6 The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are secure; into whose hand God bringeth [abundantly].

[2] Jb 6:24; 8:8; 11:2, 6, 12; 15:2; 17:4; 20:3; 32:7; Pv 28:11; Is 5:21; 1Co 4:10; 6:5.
[3] Jb 6:6; 13:2; 26:2; Pv 26:4; 2Co 11:5, 21.
[4] Jb 11:3; 16:10, 20; 17:2, 6; 21:3; 30:1; Ps 22:7; 35:16; 91:15; Pv 14:2; Jr 33:3; Mi 7:7; Mt 27:29; Mk 5:40; Lk 16:14; Ac 17:32; He 11:36.
[5] Dt 32:35; Jb 6:5; 16:4; 18:5; Ps 17:5; 94:18; 123:3; Pv 13:9; 20:20; Jr 13:16; Am 6:1; Mt 25:8; Lk 12:19; 16:19.
[6] Jb 9:24; 21:7; Ps 17:14; 37:1, 35; 73:11; Jr 5:27.

He acknowledgeth the general doctrine of God's omnipotency.

7 But 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 the hand of the LORD hath wrought this? 10 In whose hand [is] the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind. 11 Doth not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat? 12 With the ancient [is] wisdom; and in length of days understanding. 13 With him [is] wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding. 14 Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again: he shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening. 15 Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up: also he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth. 16 With him [is] strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver [are] his. 17 He leadeth counsellors away spoiled, and maketh the judges fools. 18 He looseth the bond of kings, and girdeth their loins with a girdle. 19 He leadeth princes away spoiled, and overthroweth the mighty. 20 He removeth away the speech of the trusty, and taketh away the understanding of the aged. 21 He poureth contempt upon princes, and weakeneth the strength of the mighty. 22 He discovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth out to light the shadow of death. 23 He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them: he enlargeth the nations, and straiteneth them [again]. 24 He taketh 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 grope in the dark without light, and he maketh them to stagger like [a] drunken [man].

[7] Jb 21:29; Pv 6:6; Is 1:3; Jr 8:7.
[9] Dt 8:17; 1S 2:7; Jb 12:3; 22:18; Jr 27:5; Dn 5:18; 9:17; Ac 19:35; Ro 11:36; Jm 2:5.
[10] Gn 2:7; 6:17; Nu 16:22; Jb 27:3; 34:14; Ps 104:29; 146:3; Dn 5:23; Jn 3:6; Ac 17:25, 28.
[11] Jb 6:30; 34:3; 1Co 10:15; Php 1:10; He 5:14; 1P 2:3.
[12] Jb 8:8; 15:10; 32:7.
[13] Jb 9:4; 12:16; 28:20; 32:6; 36:5; Ps 147:5; Pv 2:6; 8:14; Is 40:13; 46:10; Jr 10:12; Dn 2:20; Lk 21:15; Ro 11:34; 1Co 1:24; Ep 1:8, 11; Col 2:3; Jm 1:5.
[14] 1S 17:46; 24:18; 26:8; Jb 9:12; 11:10; 16:11; Is 14:23; 22:22; Jr 51:58, 64; Mal 1:4; Ro 11:32; Rv 3:7.
[15] Gn 6:13, 17; 7:11, 23; 8:1; 1K 8:35; 17:1; Jb 12:10; Ps 104:7; Jr 14:22; Am 5:8; Na 1:4; Lk 4:25; Jm 5:17; Rv 11:6.
[16] 1K 22:22; Jb 12:13; Ezk 14:9; Mt 6:13.
[17] 2S 15:31; 17:14, 23; Is 19:12; 29:14; 1Co 1:19.
[18] 2Ch 33:11; Jr 52:31; Dn 2:21; Rv 19:16.
[19] Jsh 10:24, 42; 1S 17:45; Is 37:36; 45:1; Rv 17:14; 19:19.
[20] Jb 12:24; 17:4; 32:9; 39:17; Pv 10:21; 12:19, 22; Is 3:1.
[21] Ex 8:2; 16:24; 1K 21:23; 2K 9:26, 34; Ps 107:40; Is 5:27; 11:5; 22:21; 23:9; 24:21; 37:38; Dn 2:21; 4:32; Mt 2:12; Ac 12:23; Ep 6:10, 14.
[22] 2K 6:12; Jb 3:5; 11:6; 24:17; 28:20; 34:22; Ps 44:21; 139:12; Dn 2:22; Am 5:8; Mt 10:26; Lk 1:79; 1Co 2:10; 4:5.
[23] Ex 1:7, 20; Ps 107:38; Is 9:3; 26:15; 27:6; 51:2; 60:22; Jr 30:19; 33:22; Zc 10:8.
[24] Gn 1:2; Jb 12:20; 17:4; Ps 107:4, 40; Is 6:9; 19:1; Dn 4:16, 33; Ho 7:11.
[25] Gn 19:11; Dt 28:29; Jb 5:14; Ps 107:27; Is 19:14; 24:20; 59:10; Ac 13:11; 1Jn 2:11.


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