The Bible in Its Traditions

Job 12:1–25

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Then Job answered and said

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No doubt but ye are the people, and wisdom shall die with you.

So then ye alone are men, and wisdom shall die with you?

Are you, therefore, alone among men, and will wisdom die with you?

But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you; yea, who knoweth not such things as these?

But I also have a heart as well as you.

And I have a heart just as you also do, and I am not inferior to you. For who is ignorant of these things, which you know?

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I am as one that is a laughing-stock to his neighbour, a man that called upon God, and He answered him; the just, the innocent man is a laughing-stock,

For a righteous and blameless man has become a subject for mockery.

And yet he who called upon God became ridiculous to his friends, and he answered him who is pleased with the righteous who are unblemished,

A contemptible brand in the thought of him that is at ease, a thing ready for them whose foot slippeth.

For it had been ordained that he should fall under others at the appointed time, and that his houses should be spoiled by transgressors: let not however any one trust that, being evil, he shall be held guiltless,

Who is ready to do away with contempt and iniquity, and to strengthen the slippery feet.

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The tents of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are secure, in whatsoever God bringeth into their hand.

even as many as provoke the Lord, as if there were indeed to be no inquisition made of them.

The tabernacles of robbers are numerous, and they provoke God boldly; whereas, it is he who has given all things into their hands.

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But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee;

In truth, ask the mules, and they will teach you, and the birds of the sky, and they will reveal to you.

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Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee; and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee;

Tell the earth, if it may speak to thee: and the fishes of the sea shall explain to thee.

Speak with the earth, and it will respond to you, and the fish of the sea will explain.

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Who knoweth not among all these, that the hand of YHWH hath wrought this?

Who then has not known in all these things, that the hand of the Lord has made them?

Who is ignorant that the hand of the Lord has made all these things?

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10  In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.--

10  Whereas the life of all living things is in his hand, and the breath of every man.

10  In his hand is the soul of all the living and the spirit of all the flesh of mankind.

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11  Doth not the ear try words, even as the palate tasteth its food?

11  For the ear tries words, and the palate tastes meats.

12  Is wisdom with aged men, and understanding in length of days?--

12  In length of time is wisdom, and in long life knowledge.

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13  With Him is wisdom and might; He hath counsel and understanding.

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14  Behold, He breaketh down, and it cannot be built again; He shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.

14  If he should cast down, who will build up? if he should shut up against man, who shall open?

14  If he tears down, there is no one who can build up; if he encloses a man, there is no one who can open.

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15  Behold, He withholdeth the waters, and they dry up; also He sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.

15  If he should withhold the water, he will dry the earth: and if he should let it loose, he overthrows and destroys it.

15  If he restrains the waters, everything will dry up; and if he sends them forth, they will subdue the land.

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16  With Him is strength and sound wisdom; the deceived and the deceiver are His.

16  With him are strength and power: he has knowledge and understanding.

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17  He leadeth counsellors away stripped, and judges maketh He fools.

17  He leads advisors to a foolish end and judges to stupidity.

17  He leads kings amazingly, and makes judges fools.

18  He looseth the bond of kings, and bindeth their loins with a girdle.

18  He removes the belt of kings and encircles their waist with a rope.

18  He brings kings down to beg at the gates, and girds their loins with girdles of power.

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19  He leadeth priests away stripped, and overthroweth the mighty.

19  He sends away priests into captivity, and overthrows the mighty ones of the earth.

19  He leads away priests in dishonor and displaces nobles,

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20  He removeth the speech of men of trust, and taketh away the sense of the elders.

20  He changes the lips of the trusty, and he knows the understanding of the elders.

20  altering the lips of those who speak the truth and sweeping away the teaching of the aged.

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21  He poureth contempt upon princes, and looseth the belt of the strong.

21  He pours dishonour upon princes, and heals the lowly.

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22  He uncovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth out to light the shadow of death.

22  Revealing deep things out of darkness: and he has brought into light the shadow of death.

22  He reveals the depths of the darkness, and he brings the shadow of death into the light.

23  He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them; He enlargeth the nations, and leadeth them away.

23  Causing the nations to wander, and destroying them: overthrowing the nations, and leading them away.

23  He multiplies peoples, and destroys them, and, having been overthrown, he restores them anew.

24  He taketh away the heart of the chiefs of the people of the land, and causeth them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way.

24  Perplexing the minds of the princes of the earth: and he causes them to wander in a way, they have not known, saying,

24  He transforms the heart of the leaders of the people on earth, and misleads those who in vain advance upon the inviolable.

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25  They grope in the dark without light, and He maketh them to stagger like a drunken man.

25  Let them grope in darkness, and let there be no light, and let them wander as a drunken man.

25  They search in darkness without light, and they grope in darkness without understanding; and he makes them stagger like a drunken man.