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Job 12

 

 

Introduction
1Job maintains himself against his friends that reprove him.
7He acknowledges the general doctrine of God's omnipotence.

Verse 2
No doubt but ye are the people, and wisdom shall die with you.
ye are the people
6:24,25; 8:8-10; 11:2,6,12; 15:2; 17:4; 20:3; 32:7-13; Proverbs 28:11; Isaiah 5:21; 1 Corinthians 4:10; 6:5

Verse 3
But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: yea, who knoweth not such things as these?
But I have
13:2-5; Proverbs 26:4; 2 Corinthians 11:5,21-23
understanding
Heb. an heart. I am not inferior to you. Heb. I fall not lower than you. who knoweth not such things as these. Heb. with whom are not such as these.
6:6,7; 26:2,3

Verse 4
I am as one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth upon God, and he answereth him: the just upright man is laughed to scorn.
one mocked
11:3; 16:10; 17:2,6; 21:3; 30:1; Psalms 22:7,8; 35:16; Matthew 27:29; Hebrews 11:36
calleth
16:20; Psalms 91:15; Jeremiah 33:3; Micah 7:7
the just
Proverbs 14:2; Mark 5:40; Luke 16:14; Acts 17:32

Verse 5
He that is ready to slip with his feet is as a lamp despised in the thought of him that is at ease.
ready
Deuteronomy 32:35; Psalms 17:5; 94:18; Jeremiah 13:16
a lamp
18:5; Proverbs 13:9; 20:20; Matthew 25:8
of him
6:5; 16:4; Psalms 123:3,4; Amos 6:1-6; Luke 12:19; 16:19,20

Verse 6
The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are secure; into whose hand God bringeth abundantly.
tabernacles
9:24; 21:7-15; Psalms 17:14; 37:1,35; 73:11,12; Jeremiah 5:27

Verse 7
But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee:
But ask
21:29,30; Proverbs 6:6; Isaiah 1:3; Jeremiah 8:7

Verse 9
Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?
Who
3; Acts 19:35
the hand
22:18; Deuteronomy 8:17,18; 1 Samuel 2:7; Jeremiah 27:5,6; Daniel 9:17; 5:18; Romans 11:36; James 2:5-7

Verse 10
In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.
whose hand
Numbers 16:22; Daniel 5:23; Acts 17:25,28
soul
or, life. the breath.
27:3; 34:14,15; Genesis 2:7; 6:17; Psalms 104:29; 146:3,4
mankind
Heb. flesh of man.
John 3:6

Verse 11
Doth not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat?
Doth
34:3; 1 Corinthians 10:15; Philippians 1:10; *marg:; Hebrews 5:14; 1 Peter 2:3
mouth
Heb. palate.
6:30

Verse 12
With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.
8:8; 15:10; 32:7

Verse 13
With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding.
him
that is, God.
32:6-9
wisdom
16; 9:4; 28:20-28; 36:5; Psalms 147:5; Proverbs 2:6,7; Jeremiah 10:12; Daniel 2:20; Luke 21:15; 1 Corinthians 1:24; Colossians 2:3; James 1:5
counsel
Proverbs 8:14; Isaiah 40:13,14; 46:10; Romans 11:34; Ephesians 1:8,11

Verse 14
Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again: he shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.
he breaketh
9:12,13; 11:10; Isaiah 14:23; Jeremiah 51:58,64; Malachi 1:4
he shutteth
16:11; 1 Samuel 17:46; 24:18; 26:8; *marg:; Isaiah 22:22; Romans 11:32; *marg:; Revelation 3:7
up
Heb. upon.

Verse 15
Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up: also he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.
Behold
10; Genesis 8:1,2; 1 Kings 8:35,36; 17:1; Jeremiah 14:22; Nahum 1:4; Luke 4:25; James 5:17,18; Revelation 11:6
he sendeth
Genesis 6:13,17; 7:11,23; Psalms 104:7-9; Amos 5:8

Verse 16
With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are his.
With
13; Matthew 6:13
the deceived
1 Kings 22:22,23; Ezekiel 14:9

Verse 17
He leadeth counsellors away spoiled, and maketh the judges fools.
2 Samuel 15:31; 17:14,23; Isaiah 19:12-14; 29:14; 1 Corinthians 1:19,20

Verse 18
He looseth the bond of kings, and girdeth their loins with a girdle.
2 Chronicles 33:11-14; Jeremiah 52:31-34; Daniel 2:21; Revelation 19:16

Verse 19
He leadeth princes away spoiled, and overthroweth the mighty.
Joshua 10:24,42; 1 Samuel 17:45,46; Isaiah 37:36-38; 45:1; Revelation 17:14; 19:19-21

Verse 20
He removeth away the speech of the trusty, and taketh away the understanding of the aged.
the speech of the trusty
Heb. the lip of the faithful.
Proverbs 10:21; 12:19,22
taketh
24; 17:4; 32:9; 39:17; Isaiah 3:1-3

Verse 21
He poureth contempt upon princes, and weakeneth the strength of the mighty.
poureth
Exodus 8:2; 16:24; 1 Kings 21:23,24; 2 Kings 9:26,34-37; Psalms 107:40; Isaiah 23:9; Isaiah 24:21,22; 37:38; Daniel 2:21,22; 4:32,33; Matthew 2:12,13; Acts 12:23
weakened the strength of the mighty
or, looseth the girdle of the strong.
Isaiah 5:27; 11:5; 22:21; Ephesians 6:10,14

Verse 22
He discovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth out to light the shadow of death.
discovereth
11:6; 28:20-23; 2 Kings 6:12; Psalms 44:21; 139:12; Daniel 2:22; Matthew 10:26; 1 Corinthians 2:10; 4:5
bringeth
3:5; 24:17; 34:22; Amos 5:8; Luke 1:79

Verse 23
He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them: he enlargeth the nations, and straiteneth them again.
increaseth
Exodus 1:7,20; Psalms 107:38; Isaiah 9:3; 26:15; 27:6; 51:2; 60:22; Jeremiah 30:19; Jeremiah 33:22; Zechariah 10:8
straiteneth them again
Heb. leadeth in.

Verse 24
He taketh away the heart of the chief of the people of the earth, and causeth them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way.
He taketh
20; 17:4; Isaiah 6:9,10; 19:1; Daniel 4:16,33; Hosea 7:11
and causeth
Psalms 107:4,40
in a wilderness {Bethohoo,} "in chaos," i
&e., in a state of utter confusion; it is the same word which is employed in Ge 1:2, to describe the chaotic state of the earth at the creation.

Verse 25
They grope in the dark without light, and he maketh them to stagger like a drunken man.
grope
5:14; Genesis 19:11; Deuteronomy 28:29; Isaiah 59:10; Acts 13:11; 1 John 2:11
maketh
Psalms 107:27; Isaiah 19:14; 24:20
stagger
Heb. wander.

 


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Job 12:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/job-12.html.

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