Then Job spoke again:
And when you die, wisdom will die with you!
and you’re no better than I am.
Who doesn’t know these things you’ve been saying?
for I call on God and expect an answer.
I am a just and blameless man,
yet they laugh at me.
They give a push to people who are stumbling.
and those who provoke God live in safety—
though God keeps them in his power.*
Ask the birds of the sky, and they will tell you.
Let the fish in the sea speak to you.
that my disaster* has come from the hand of the Lord.
and the breath of every human being.
just as the mouth distinguishes between foods.
and understanding to the old.
counsel and understanding are his.
When he puts someone in prison, there is no escape.
If he releases the waters, they flood the earth.
deceivers and deceived are both in his power.
wise judges become fools.
They are led away with ropes around their waist.
he overthrows those with long years in power.
and removes the insight of the elders.
and disarms the strong.
he brings light to the deepest gloom.
He expands nations, and he abandons them.
and leaves them wandering in a pathless wasteland.
He makes them stagger like drunkards.
12:6 Or safety—those who try to manipulate God. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.
12:9 Hebrew that this.