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12 And Job proceeded to answer and say: 2 “For a fact YOU men are the people, And with YOU wisdom will die out!+ 3 I too have a heart+ as well as YOU. I am not inferior to YOU,*+ And with whom are there not things like these? 4 [One who is] a laughingstock to his fellowman I* become,+ One calling to God* that he should answer him.+ A laughingstock is the righteous, unblamable one. 5 In thought, the carefree one has contempt for extinction itself;+ It is made ready for those of wobbling feet.+ 6 The tents of the despoilers are unworried,+ And the ones enraging God* have the safety Belonging to one who has brought a god* in his hand.+ 7 However, ask, please, the domestic animals, and they will instruct you;+ Also the winged creatures of the heavens, and they will tell you.+ 8 Or show your concern to the earth,* and it will instruct you;+ And the fishes of the sea+ will declare it to you. 9 Who among all these does not well know That the hand of Jehovah* itself has done this,+ 10 In whose hand is the soul+ of everyone alive And the spirit* of all flesh of man?*+ 11 Does not the ear itself test out words+ As the palate+ tastes food? 12 Is there not wisdom among the aged+ And understanding [in] length of days?* 13 With him there are wisdom and mightiness;+ He has counsel and understanding.+ 14 Look! He tears down, that there may be no building up;+ He makes it shut to man, that it may not be opened up.+ 15 Look! He puts a restraint upon the waters and they dry up;+ And he sends them, and they change the earth.+ 16 With him there are strength and practical wisdom;+ To him belong the one making a mistake and the one leading astray;+ 17 He is making counselors go barefoot,*+ And he makes judges themselves go crazy. 18 The bonds* of kings he actually loosens,+ And he binds a belt upon their hips. 19 He is making priests walk barefoot,+ And permanently seated ones he subverts;*+ 20 He is removing speech* from the faithful ones, And the sensibleness of old men he takes away; 21 He is pouring out contempt upon nobles,+ And the girdle of powerful ones he actually weakens; 22 He is uncovering deep things from the darkness,+ And he brings forth to the light deep shadow; 23 Making the nations grow great, that he may destroy them;+ Spreading out the nations, that he may lead them away; 24 Taking away the heart of the head ones of the people of the land, That he may make them wander about in an empty place,+ where there is no way. 25 They grope in darkness,+ where there is no light, That he may make them wander about like a drunken man.+
^ Lit., “I am not falling behind you.”
^ “I,” MVg; LXXSy, “he.”
^ “To God.” Heb., le·ʼElohʹah.
^ “God.” Heb., ʼEl.
^ “A god.” Heb., ʼelohʹah.
^ Or, “Or speak thoughtfully to the earth.” By a correction, “Or the reptiles [or, wild beasts] of the earth.”
^ “Jehovah,” MLXXSyVg; T(Aram.), Yai.
^ “And the spirit (breath) of.” Heb., weruʹach; Gr., pneuʹma; Syr., weru·chaʼ; Lat., spiʹri·tus.
^ “Man.” Heb., ʼish.
^ Or, “and does not length of days mean understanding?”
^ “The One leading counselors captive,” LXX; Vg, “he leads counselors on to a foolish end.”
^ By a change of vowel pointing. Lit., “discipline.”
^ Or, “and overflowing rivers he causes to run dry.”
^ Lit., “lip.”