JOB - Chapter 12

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.
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.