1 And Iob answered, and sayd,
2 No doubt but ye are the people, and wisedome shall die with you.
3 But I haue vnderstanding as well as you, I am not inferiour to you: yea, who knoweth not such things as these?
4 I am as one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth vpon God, and he answereth him: the iust vpright man is laughed to scorne.
5 He that is ready to slippe with his feet, is as a lamp despised in the thought of him that is at ease.
6 The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that prouoke God are secure, into whose hand God bringeth abundantly.
7 But aske now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the foules of the aire, and they shall tell thee.
8 Or speake to the earth, and it shall teach thee; and the fishes of the sea shall declare vnto thee.
9 Who knoweth not in all these, that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this?
10 In whose hand is the soule of euery liuing thing, and the breath of all mankinde.
11 Doeth not the eare trie wordes? and the mouth taste his meate?
12 With the ancient is wisedome, and in length of dayes, vnderstanding.
13 With him is wisedome & strength, he hath counsell and vnderstanding.
14 Behold, he breaketh downe, and it cannot be built againe: hee shutteth vp a man, and there can be no opening.
15 Behold, hee withholdeth the waters, and they drie vp: also hee sendeth them out, and they ouerturne the earth.
16 With him is strength & wisedome: the deceiued, and the deceiuer, are his.
17 He leadeth counsellers away spoiled, and maketh the Iudges fooles.
18 He looseth the bond of kings, and girdeth their loines with a girdle.
19 He leadeth Princes away spoiled, and ouerthroweth the mightie.
20 He remooueth away the speech of the trustie, and taketh away the vnderstanding of the aged.
21 He powreth contempt vpon princes, and weakeneth the strength of the mightie.
22 Hee discouereth deepe things out of darkenesse, and bringeth out to light the shadow of death.
23 He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them: hee inlargeth the nations, and straiteneth them againe.
24 He taketh away the heart of the chiefe of the people of the earth, and causeth them to wander in a wildernes where there is no way.
25 They grope in the darke without light, and hee maketh them to stagger like a drunken man.