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.