12 And Job proceeded to answer and say:
2 “For a fact YOU men are the people,
And with YOU wisdom will die out!+
3 I too have a heart+ as well as YOU.
I am not inferior to YOU,+
And with whom are there not things like these?
4 [One who is] a laughingstock to his fellowman I become,+
One calling to God that he should answer him.+
A laughingstock is the righteous, unblamable one.
5 In thought, the carefree one has contempt for extinction itself;+
It is made ready for those of wobbling feet.+
6 The tents of the despoilers are unworried,+
And the ones enraging God have the safety
Belonging to one who has brought a god in his hand.+
7 However, ask, please, the domestic animals, and they will instruct you;+
Also the winged creatures of the heavens, and they will tell you.+
8 Or show your concern to the earth, and it will instruct you;+
And the fishes of the sea+ will declare it to you.
9 Who among all these does not well know
That the hand of Jehovah itself has done this,+
10 In whose hand is the soul+ of everyone alive
And the spirit of all flesh of man?+
11 Does not the ear itself test out words+
As the palate+ tastes food?
12 Is there not wisdom among the aged+
And understanding [in] length of days?
13 With him there are wisdom and mightiness;+
He has counsel and understanding.+
14 Look! He tears down, that there may be no building up;+
He makes it shut to man, that it may not be opened up.+
15 Look! He puts a restraint upon the waters and they dry up;+
And he sends them, and they change the earth.+
16 With him there are strength and practical wisdom;+
To him belong the one making a mistake and the one leading astray;+
17 He is making counselors go barefoot,+
And he makes judges themselves go crazy.
18 The bonds of kings he actually loosens,+
And he binds a belt upon their hips.
19 He is making priests walk barefoot,+
+And permanently seated ones he subverts;
20 He is removing speech from the faithful ones,
And the sensibleness of old men he takes away;
21 He is pouring out contempt upon nobles,+
And the girdle of powerful ones he actually weakens;
22 He is uncovering deep things from the darkness,+
And he brings forth to the light deep shadow;
23 Making the nations grow great, that he may destroy them;+
Spreading out the nations, that he may lead them away;
24 Taking away the heart of the head ones of the people of the land,
That he may make them wander about in an empty place,+ where there is no way.
25 They grope in darkness,+ where there is no light,
That he may make them wander about like a drunken man.+