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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 12

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Job's Third Reply. 1Then Job replied and said:

2No doubt you are the intelligent folk, and with you wisdom shall die! 3But I have intelligence as well as you; x Jb 13, 2; 15, 9 . for who does not know such things as these? 4I have become the sport of my neighbors:* “The one whom God answers when he calls upon him, the just, the perfect man,” is a laughingstock; y Jb 21, 3; 30, 1 . 5The undisturbed esteem my downfall a disgrace such as awaits unsteady feet; 6Yet the tents of robbers are prosperous, and those who provoke God are secure. 7But now ask the beasts to teach you, and the birds of the air to tell you; 8Or the reptiles on earth to instruct you, and the fish of the sea to inform you. 9Which of all these does not know that the hand of God has done this? 10In his hand is the soul of every living thing, z Acts 17, 28 . and the life breath of all mankind. 11Does not the ear judge words as the mouth tastes food? a Jb 34, 3 . 12So with old age is wisdom, b Jb 32, 7 . and with length of days understanding. 13With him are wisdom and might; his are counsel and understanding. 14If he breaks a thing down, there is no rebuilding; c Rv 3, 7 . if he imprisons a man, there is no release. 15He holds back the waters and there is drought; d Gn 7, 11–24 . he sends them forth and they overwhelm the land. 18He loosens the bonds imposed by kings and leaves but a waistcloth to bind the king's own loins.* 21He breaks down the barriers of the streams 19and lets their never‐failing waters flow away. 16With him are strength and prudence; the misled and the misleaders are his. 17He sends counselors away barefoot, and of judges he makes fools. 20He silences the trusted adviser, and takes discretion from the aged. 22The recesses of the darkness he discloses, and brings the gloom forth to the light. 23He makes nations great and he destroys them; he spreads peoples abroad and he abandons them. 24He takes understanding from the leaders of the land, 25till they grope in the darkness without light; he makes them stagger like drunken men.

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