Job Chides His Accusers
1Then Job responded,
2“Truly then you are the people,
And with you wisdom will die!
3But I have intelligence as well as you;
I am not inferior to you.
And Lit with whom is there not like these?who does not know such things as these?
4I am a joke to Lit hismy friends,
The one who called on God and He answered him;
The just and blameless man is a joke.
5 Lit Contempt for calamity is the thought of him who is at ease He who is at ease holds disaster in contempt,
As prepared for those whose feet slip.
6The tents of the destroyers prosper,
And those who provoke God are secure,
Or He who brings God into his hand. Whom God brings into their power.
7“But just ask the animals, and have them teach you;
And the birds of the sky, and have them tell you.
8Or speak to the earth, and have it teach you;
And have the fish of the sea tell you.
9Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the Lord has done this,
10In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?
11Does the ear not put words to the test,
As the palate Lit tastes food for itselftastes its food?
12Wisdom is with the aged,
And with Lit length of dayslong life comes understanding.
Job Speaks of the Power of God
13“Wisdom and might are with Him;
Advice and understanding belong to Him.
14Behold, He tears down, and it cannot be rebuilt;
He Lit shuts againstimprisons a person, and Lit it is not openedthere is no release.
15Behold, He restrains the waters, and they dry up;
And He sends them out, and they Lit overturninundate the earth.
16Strength and sound wisdom are with Him.
One who goes astray and one who leads astray belong to Him.
17He makes advisers walk Or strippedbarefoot
And makes fools of judges.
18He undoes the binding of kings,
And ties a loincloth around their waist.
19He makes priests walk Or strippedbarefoot,
And overthrows the secure ones.
20He deprives the trusted ones of speech,
And takes away the discernment of the elders.
21He pours contempt on nobles,
And loosens the belt of the strong.
22He reveals mysteries from the darkness,
And brings the deep darkness into light.
23He makes the nations great, then destroys them;
He Or spreads outenlarges the nations, then leads them away.
24He deprives the leaders of the earth’s people of Lit heartintelligence
And makes them wander in a pathless wasteland.
25They grope in darkness with no light,
And He makes them stagger like a drunken person.