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1 JOB RESPONDED:

2 »Doubtless you are the people, and wisdom will die with you!

3 »I have a mind as well as you! I am not inferior to you! Who does not know all these things?

4 »I have become a laughingstock to my friends! I called upon God and he answered. Yet I am a mere laughingstock, though righteous and blameless!

5 »Men at ease have contempt for misfortune as the fate of those whose feet are slipping.

6 »The tents of marauders prosper and those who provoke God are secure in what God’s hand brings them.

7 »Ask the animals and they will teach you, or the birds of the air and they will tell you.

8 »Speak to the earth and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you.

9 »Which of all these does not know that the hand of Jehovah has done this?

10 »In his hand are the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.

11 »Does not the ear test words as the tongue tastes food?

12 »Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?

13 »To God belong wisdom and power. Counsel and understanding are his.

14 »What he tears down cannot be rebuilt. The man he imprisons cannot be released.

15 »If he holds back the waters, there is drought. If he lets them loose, they devastate the land.

16 »To him belong strength and victory. Both deceived and deceivers are his.

17 »He leads counselors away stripped and makes fools of judges.

18 »He takes off the bonds put on by kings and ties a belt around their waist.

19 »He leads priests away stripped and overthrows men long established.

20 »He silences the lips of trusted advisers and takes away the discernment of elders.

21 »He pours out contempt upon nobles and disarms the mighty.

22 »He uncovers the deep things of darkness and brings deep shadows into the light.

23 »He makes nations great, and destroys them. He enlarges nations, and disperses them.

24 »He deprives the leaders of the earth of their reason and understanding. He sends them wandering through a pathless wilderness.

25 »They grope in darkness without light. He makes them stagger like a drunken man.