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Job 12:13-25 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Job Speaks of the Power of God

13 “With Him are wisdom and might;
To Him belong counsel and understanding.
14 “Behold, He tears down, and it cannot be rebuilt;
He [a]imprisons a man, and [b]there can be no release.
15 “Behold, He restrains the waters, and they dry up;
And He sends them out, and they [c]inundate the earth.
16 “With Him are strength and sound wisdom,
The misled and the misleader belong to Him.
17 “He makes counselors walk [d]barefoot
And makes fools of judges.
18 “He loosens the [e]bond of kings
And binds their loins with a girdle.
19 “He makes priests walk [f]barefoot
And overthrows the secure ones.
20 “He deprives the trusted ones of speech
And takes away the discernment of the elders.
21 “He pours contempt on nobles
And loosens the belt of the strong.
22 “He reveals mysteries from the darkness
And brings the deep darkness into light.
23 “He makes the nations great, then destroys them;
He [g]enlarges the nations, then leads them away.
24 “He deprives of intelligence the chiefs of the earth’s people
And makes them wander in a pathless waste.
25 “They grope in darkness with no light,
And He makes them stagger like a drunken man.

Footnotes:

  1. Job 12:14 Lit shuts against
  2. Job 12:14 Lit it is not opened
  3. Job 12:15 Lit overturn
  4. Job 12:17 Or stripped
  5. Job 12:18 Or discipline
  6. Job 12:19 Or stripped
  7. Job 12:23 Or spreads out
New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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Job 12:13-25 New International Version (NIV)

13 “To God belong wisdom and power;
    counsel and understanding are his.
14 What he tears down cannot be rebuilt;
    those he imprisons cannot be released.
15 If he holds back the waters, there is drought;
    if he lets them loose, they devastate the land.
16 To him belong strength and insight;
    both deceived and deceiver are his.
17 He leads rulers away stripped
    and makes fools of judges.
18 He takes off the shackles put on by kings
    and ties a loincloth[a] around their waist.
19 He leads priests away stripped
    and overthrows officials long established.
20 He silences the lips of trusted advisers
    and takes away the discernment of elders.
21 He pours contempt on nobles
    and disarms the mighty.
22 He reveals the deep things of darkness
    and brings utter darkness into the light.
23 He makes nations great, and destroys them;
    he enlarges nations, and disperses them.
24 He deprives the leaders of the earth of their reason;
    he makes them wander in a trackless waste.
25 They grope in darkness with no light;
    he makes them stagger like drunkards.

Footnotes:

  1. Job 12:18 Or shackles of kings / and ties a belt
New International Version (NIV)

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