Job Chapter 12 to 13 : American Standard Version
1Then Job answered and said, 2No doubt but ye are the people, And wisdom shall die with you. 3But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: Yea, who knoweth not such things as these? 4I am as one that is a laughing-stock to his neighbor, I who called upon God, and he answered: The just, the perfect man is a laughing-stock. 5In the thought of him that is at ease there is contempt for misfortune; It is ready for them whose foot slippeth. 6The tents of robbers prosper, And they that provoke God are secure; Into whose hand God bringeth abundantly. 7But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; And the birds of the heavens, and they shall tell thee: 8Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee; And the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. 9Who knoweth not in all these, That the hand of Jehovah hath wrought this, 10In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, And the breath of all mankind? 11Doth not the ear try words, Even as the palate tasteth its food? 12With aged men is wisdom, And in length of days understanding. 13With God is wisdom and might; He hath counsel and understanding. 14Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again; He shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening. 15Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up; Again, he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth. 16With him is strength and wisdom; The deceived and the deceiver are his. 17He leadeth counsellors away stripped, And judges maketh he fools. 18He looseth the bond of kings, And he bindeth their loins with a girdle. 19He leadeth priests away stripped, And overthroweth the mighty. 20He removeth the speech of the trusty, And taketh away the understanding of the elders. 21He poureth contempt upon princes, And looseth the belt of the strong. 22He uncovereth deep things out of darkness, And bringeth out to light the shadow of death. 23He increaseth the nations, and he destroyeth them: He enlargeth the nations, and he leadeth them captive. 24He taketh away understanding from the chiefs of the people of the earth, And causeth them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way. 25They grope in the dark without light; And he maketh them to stagger like a drunken man.
13 Job 13
1Lo, mine eye hath seen all this, Mine ear hath heard and understood it. 2What ye know, the same do I know also: I am not inferior unto you. 3Surely I would speak to the Almighty, And I desire to reason with God. 4But ye are forgers of lies; Ye are all physicians of no value. 5Oh that ye would altogether hold your peace! And it would be your wisdom. 6Hear now my reasoning, And hearken to the pleadings of my lips. 7Will ye speak unrighteously for God, And talk deceitfully for him? 8Will ye show partiality to him? Will ye contend for God? 9Is it good that he should search you out? Or as one deceiveth a man, will ye deceive him? 10He will surely reprove you If ye do secretly show partiality. 11Shall not his majesty make you afraid, And his dread fall upon you? 12Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes, Your defences are defences of clay. 13Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak; And let come on me what will. 14Wherefore should I take my flesh in my teeth, And put my life in my hand? 15Behold, he will slay me; I have no hope: Nevertheless I will maintain my ways before him. 16This also shall be my salvation, That a godless man shall not come before him. 17Hear diligently my speech, And let my declaration be in your ears. 18Behold now, I have set my cause in order; I know that I am righteous. 19Who is he that will contend with me? For then would I hold my peace and give up the ghost. 20Only do not two things unto me; Then will I not hide myself from thy face: 21Withdraw thy hand far from me; And let not thy terror make me afraid. 22Then call thou, and I will answer; Or let me speak, and answer thou me. 23How many are mine iniquities and sins? Make me to know my transgression and my sin. 24Wherefore hidest thou thy face, And holdest me for thine enemy? 25Wilt thou harass a driven leaf? And wilt thou pursue the dry stubble? 26For thou writest bitter things against me, And makest me to inherit the iniquities of my youth: 27Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks, And markest all my paths; Thou settest a bound to the soles of my feet: 28Though I am like a rotten thing that consumeth, Like a garment that is moth-eaten.