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 who does not know such things as these?
4I am a joke to my friends,
The one who called on God and He answered him;
The just and blameless man is a joke.
5He who is at ease holds calamity in contempt,
As prepared for those whose feet slip.
6The tents of the destroyers prosper,
And those who provoke God are secure,
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.
8Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you;
And let the fish of the sea declare to 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 not the ear test words,
As the palate tastes its food?
12Wisdom is with aged men,
With long life is understanding.
Job Speaks of the Power of God
13“With Him are wisdom and might;
To Him belong counsel and understanding.
14Behold, He tears down, and it cannot be rebuilt;
He imprisons a man, and there can be no release.
15Behold, He restrains the waters, and they dry up;
And He sends them out, and they inundate the earth.
16With Him are strength and sound wisdom,
The misled and the misleader belong to Him.
17He makes counselors walk barefoot
And makes fools of judges.
18He loosens the bond of kings
And binds their loins with a girdle.
19He makes priests walk barefoot
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 enlarges the nations, then leads them away.
24He deprives of intelligence the chiefs of the earth’s people
And makes them wander in a pathless waste.
25They grope in darkness with no light,
And He makes them stagger like a drunken man.