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Job - Chapter 012

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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.

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

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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,

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

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

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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;

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

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

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

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

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

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

Continued...

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

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

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

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

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

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He leadeth priests away stripped, and overthroweth the mighty.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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-- Job - Chapter 012 --





 
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