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1Then Job responded, 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 who does not know such things as these? 4"I am a joke to my friends, The one who called on God and He answered him; The just and blameless man is a joke. 5"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, 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 tastes its food? 12 "Wisdom 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. 14 "Behold, He tears down, and it cannot be rebuilt; He imprisons a man, and there can be no release. 15 "Behold, He restrains the waters, and they dry up; And He sends them out, and they inundate the earth. 16 "With Him are strength and sound wisdom, The misled and the misleader belong to Him. 17 "He makes counselors walk barefoot And makes fools of judges. 18"He loosens the bond of kings And binds their loins with a girdle. 19"He makes priests walk 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 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.

13 Job Says His Friends' Proverbs Are Ashes

1"Behold, my eye has seen all this, My ear has heard and understood it. 2 "What you know I also know; I am not inferior to you.

3"But I would speak to the Almighty, And I desire to argue with God. 4"But you smear with lies; You are all worthless physicians. 5"O that you would be completely silent, And that it would become your wisdom! 6"Please hear my argument And listen to the contentions of my lips. 7"Will you speak what is unjust for God, And speak what is deceitful for Him? 8 "Will you show partiality for Him? Will you contend for God? 9"Will it be well when He examines you? Or will you deceive Him as one deceives a man? 10 "He will surely reprove you If you secretly show partiality. 11"Will not His majesty terrify you, And the dread of Him fall on you? 12"Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes, Your defenses are defenses of clay.

Job Is Sure He Will Be Vindicated

13"Be silent before me so that I may speak; Then let come on me what may. 14"Why should I take my flesh in my teeth And put my life in my hands? 15 "Though He slay me, I will hope in Him. Nevertheless I will argue my ways before Him. 16 "This also will be my salvation, For a godless man may not come before His presence. 17 "Listen carefully to my speech, And let my declaration fill your ears. 18 "Behold now, I have prepared my case; I know that I will be vindicated. 19 "Who will contend with me? For then I would be silent and die.

20"Only two things do not do to me, Then I will not hide from Your face: 21Remove Your hand from me, And let not the dread of You terrify me. 22"Then call, and I will answer; Or let me speak, then reply to me. 23"How many are my iniquities and sins? Make known to me my rebellion and my sin. 24 "Why do You hide Your face And consider me Your enemy? 25"Will You cause a driven leaf to tremble? Or will You pursue the dry chaff? 26 "For You write bitter things against me And make me to inherit the iniquities of my youth. 27 "You put my feet in the stocks And watch all my paths; You set a limit for the soles of my feet, 28While I am decaying like a rotten thing, Like a garment that is moth-eaten.

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