2 “Truly then you are the people, And with you wisdom will die! 3 “But I have intelligence as well as you; I am not inferior to you. And [b]who does not know such things as these? 4 “I am a joke to [c]my friends, The one who called on God and He answered him; The just andblameless man is a joke. 5 “[d]He who is at ease holds calamity in contempt, As prepared for those whose feet slip. 6 “The tents of the destroyers prosper, And those who provoke God are secure, [e]Whom God brings into their power.
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 the hand of the Lord has done this, 10 In whose hand is the life of every living thing, And the breath of all mankind? 11 “Does not the ear test words, As the palate [f]tastes its food? 12 “Wisdom is with aged men, With[g]long life is understanding.
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 [h]imprisons a man, and [i]there can be no release. 15 “Behold, He restrains the waters, and they dry up; And He sends them out, and they [j]inundate the earth. 16 “With Him are strength and sound wisdom, The misled and the misleader belong to Him. 17 “He makes counselors walk [k]barefoot And makes fools of judges. 18 “He loosens the [l]bond of kings And binds their loins with a girdle. 19 “He makes priests walk [m]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 [n]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.
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