Job’s Reply to Zophar
1Then Job answered:
2No doubt you are the people,
and wisdom will die with you!
3But I also have a mind;
I am not inferior to you.
Who doesn’t know the things you are talking about? # Lit With whom are not such things as these #Jb 13:2|NoBook| 15:9|NoBook| 16:2
4I am a laughingstock to my # Lit his friends,
by calling on God, who answers me. # Lit him
The righteous and upright man is a laughingstock. #Jb 30:1Jr 20:7Lm 3:14
5The one who is at ease #Ps 123:4Am 6:1 holds calamity in contempt
and thinks it is prepared for those whose feet are slipping.
6The tents of robbers are safe, #Jb 5:24|NoBook| 8:6|NoBook| 21:9
and those who provoke God are secure;
God’s power provides this. # Or secure; to those who bring their god in their hands #Ps 73:11Jr 12:1Mt 5:45
7But ask the animals, and they will instruct you;
ask the birds of the sky, and they will tell you. #Jb 35:11Mt 6:26
8Or speak to the earth, and it will instruct you;
let the fish of the sea inform you.
9Which of all these does not know
that the hand of the Lord has done this? #Ru 1:13Jb 19:21Is 41:20
10The life of every living thing is in His hand,
as well as the breath of all mankind. #Gn 2:7Jb 27:3|NoBook| 33:4
11Doesn’t the ear test words
as the palate tastes food?
12Wisdom is found with the elderly,
and understanding comes with long life. #Jb 12:20|NoBook| 32:7Ps 119:100
13Wisdom and strength belong to God;
counsel and understanding are His. #Jb 9:4|NoBook| 36:5|NoBook| 38:36
14Whatever He tears down cannot be rebuilt;
whoever He imprisons cannot be released. #Jb 11:10Is 22:22Rv 3:7
15When He withholds the waters, everything dries up,
and when He releases them, they destroy the land. #Is 41:18|NoBook| 42:15|NoBook| 44:3
16True wisdom and power belong to Him.
The deceived and the deceiver are His.
17He leads counselors away barefoot
and makes judges go mad. #Jb 9:24Is 29:14|NoBook| 44:25
18He releases the bonds # Text emended; MT reads discipline put on by kings #Jb 12:21Is 45:1
and fastens a belt around their waists.
19He leads priests away barefoot
and overthrows established leaders. #Is 40:23Lk 1:52
20He deprives trusted advisers of speech
and takes away the elders’ good judgment.
21He pours out contempt on nobles
and disarms # Lit and loosens the belt of the strong.
22He reveals mysteries from the darkness
and brings the deepest darkness into the light. #Ps 90:8Dn 2:221Co 4:5
23He makes nations great, then destroys them;
He enlarges nations, #Ex 34:24Is 9:3|NoBook| 26:15 then leads them away.
24He deprives the world’s leaders of reason,
and makes them wander in a trackless wasteland. #Ps 107:40Dn 4:33
25They grope around in darkness without light;
He makes them stagger like drunken men. #Dt 28:29Jb 5:14Is 59:10