Job Answers His Critics
1Then Job answered and said:
2“No doubt you are the people,
And wisdom will die with you!
3But I have understanding as well as you;
I am not #Job 13:2inferior to you.
Indeed, who does not know such things as these?
4“I#Job 21:3 am one mocked by his friends,
Who #Ps. 91:15called on God, and He answered him,
The just and blameless who is ridiculed.
5A lamp is despised in the thought of one who is at ease;
It is made ready for #Prov. 14:2those whose feet slip.
6#(Job 9:24; 21:6–16; Ps. 73:12; Jer. 12:1; Mal. 3:15)The tents of robbers prosper,
And those who provoke God are secure—
In what God provides by His hand.
7“But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you;
And the birds of the air, and they will tell you;
8Or speak to the earth, and it will teach you;
And the fish of the sea will explain to you.
9Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the Lord has done this,
10#(Acts 17:28)In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the #Job 27:3; 33:4breath of all mankind?
11Does not the ear test words
And the mouth taste its food?
12Wisdom is with aged men,
And with length of days, understanding.
13“With Him are #Job 9:4; 36:5wisdom and strength,
He has counsel and understanding.
14If #Job 11:10; Is. 25:2He breaks a thing down, it cannot be rebuilt;
If He imprisons a man, there can be no release.
15If He #Deut. 11:17; (1 Kin. 8:35, 36)withholds the waters, they dry up;
If He #Gen. 7:11–24sends them out, they overwhelm the earth.
16With Him are strength and prudence.
The deceived and the deceiver are His.
17He leads counselors away plundered,
And makes fools of the judges.
18He loosens the bonds of kings,
And binds their waist with a belt.
19He leads princes away plundered,
And overthrows the mighty.
20#Job 32:9He deprives the trusted ones of speech,
And takes away the discernment of the elders.
21#(Job 34:19); Ps. 107:40; (Dan. 2:21)He pours contempt on princes,
And disarms the mighty.
22He #Dan. 2:22; (1 Cor. 4:5)uncovers deep things out of darkness,
And brings the shadow of death to light.
23#Is. 9:3; 26:15He makes nations great, and destroys them;
He enlarges nations, and guides them.
24He takes away the understanding of the chiefs of the people of the earth,
And #Ps. 107:4makes them wander in a pathless wilderness.
25#Job 5:14; 15:30; 18:18They grope in the dark without light,
And He makes them #Ps. 107:27stagger like a drunken man.