Job's Fourth Speech

1 And Job answered and said,

1 Then Job responded,

1 And Job answered and said,

1 Then Job answered:

1 In response Job replied:

2 No doubt you are the people, and wisdom shall die with you.

2 "Truly then you are the people, And with you wisdom will die!

2 No doubt but ye are the people, and wisdom shall die with you.

2 No doubt you are the people,and wisdom will die with you!

2 "Truly, you are the people and wisdom will die with you!

3 But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: yea, who knows not such things as these?

3 "But I have intelligence as well as you; I am not inferior to you. And who does not know such things as these?

3 But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: yea, who knoweth not such things as these?

3 But I also have a mind;I am not inferior to you.Who doesn’t know the things you are talking about?(a)(A)

3 Like you, I also have understanding. I'm not inferior to you; who doesn't know things like this?"

4 I am as one mocked of his neighbor, who calls upon God, and he answers him: the just upright man is laughed to scorn.

4 "I am a joke to my friends, The one who called on God and He answered him; The just and blameless man is a joke.

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.

4 I am a laughingstock to my(b) friends,by calling on God, who answers me.(c)The righteous and upright man is a laughingstock.(B)

4 "I'm a laughingstock to my friends, someone who called on God. But then he answered this upright and blameless man, and I have become a laughingstock.

5 He that is ready to slip with his feet is like a lamp despised in the thought of him that is at ease.

5 "He who is at ease holds calamity in contempt, As prepared for those whose feet slip.

5 He that is ready to slip with his feet is as a lamp despised in the thought of him that is at ease.

5 The one who is at ease(C) holds calamity in contemptand thinks it is prepared for those whose feet are slipping.

5 The carefree are thinking, "I have contempt for misfortune,' Those who are about to stumble deserve it.

6 The tents of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are secure; into whose hand God brings abundantly.

6 "The tents of the destroyers prosper, And those who provoke God are secure, Whom God brings into their power.

6 The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are secure; into whose hand God bringeth abundantly.

6 The tents of robbers are safe,(D)and those who provoke God are secure;God’s power provides this.(d)(E)

6 The tents of robbers are at rest, and those who provoke God are secure, that is, those who carry their god in their pocket.

If You Want To Learn

7 But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach you; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell you:

7 "But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you; And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.

7 But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee:

7 But ask the animals, and they will instruct you;ask the birds of the sky, and they will tell you.(F)

7 "Ask the wild animals, and they'll teach you; the birds of the sky will tell you.

8 Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach you: and the fish of the sea shall declare unto you.

8 "Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you; And let the fish of the sea declare to you.

8 Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.

8 Or speak to the earth, and it will instruct you;let the fish of the sea inform you.

8 Or ask the green plants of the earth and they'll teach you; let the fish in the sea tell you.

9 Who knows not among all these that the hand of the LORD has done this?

9 "Who among all these does not know That the hand of the LORD has done this,

9 Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?

9 Which of all these does not knowthat the hand of the Lord has done this?(G)

9 Who among all of these doesn't know that the LORD's hand made them,

10 In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.

10 In whose hand is the life of every living thing, And the breath of all mankind?

10 In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.

10 The life of every living thing is in His hand,as well as the breath of all mankind.(H)

10 and that the life of every living thing rests in his control, along with the breath of every living human being?

11 Does not the ear test words? and the mouth taste its food?

11 "Does not the ear test words, As the palate tastes its food?

11 Doth not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat?

11 Doesn’t the ear test wordsas the palate tastes food?

11 The ear scrutinizes speech just as the palate tastes food."

Wisdom Comes From God

12 With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.

12 "Wisdom is with aged men, With long life is understanding.

12 With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.

12 Wisdom is found with the elderly,and understanding comes with long life.(I)

12 "Wisdom may be found in the company of the aged. Understanding comes with longevity.

13 With him is wisdom and strength, he has counsel and understanding.

13 "With Him are wisdom and might; To Him belong counsel and understanding.

13 With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding.

13 Wisdom and strength belong to God;counsel and understanding are His.(J)

13 With God is wisdom and strength; counsel and understanding belongs to him.

14 Behold, he breaks down, and it cannot be built again: he shuts up a man, and there can be no opening.

14 "Behold, He tears down, and it cannot be rebuilt; He imprisons a man, and there can be no release.

14 Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again: he shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.

14 Whatever He tears down cannot be rebuilt;whoever He imprisons cannot be released.(K)

14 When he tears down, nobody rebuilds; when he incarcerates, nobody escapes.

15 Behold, he withholds the waters, and they dry up: also he sends them out, and they overturn the earth.

15 "Behold, He restrains the waters, and they dry up; And He sends them out, and they inundate the earth.

15 Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up: also he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.

15 When He withholds the waters, everything dries up,and when He releases them, they destroy the land.(L)

15 When he withholds water, rivers dry up; when he lets them loose, they'll flood the land.

16 With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are his.

16 "With Him are strength and sound wisdom, The misled and the misleader belong to Him.

16 With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are his.

16 True wisdom and power belong to Him.The deceived and the deceiver are His.

16 "With God are strength and sound wisdom; both the deceived and those who deceive are responsible to him.

17 He leads counselors away plundered, and makes the judges fools.

17 "He makes counselors walk barefoot And makes fools of judges.

17 He leadeth counsellers away spoiled, and maketh the judges fools.

17 He leads counselors away barefootand makes judges go mad.(M)

17 He leads counselors away naked; he turns judges into fools.

18 He looses the bonds of kings, and girds their loins with a waistband.

18 "He loosens the bond of kings And binds their loins with a girdle.

18 He looseth the bond of kings, and girdeth their loins with a girdle.

18 He releases the bonds(e) put on by kings(N)and fastens a belt around their waists.

18 He strips away the authority of kings to punish and puts them in prison clothes instead.

19 He leads princes away plundered, and overthrows the mighty.

19 "He makes priests walk barefoot And overthrows the secure ones.

19 He leadeth princes away spoiled, and overthroweth the mighty.

19 He leads priests away barefootand overthrows established leaders.(O)

19 He leads away the priests naked and overthrows the ruling class.

20 He takes away the speech of the trustworthy, and takes away the understanding of the aged.

20 "He deprives the trusted ones of speech And takes away the discernment of the elders.

20 He removeth away the speech of the trusty, and taketh away the understanding of the aged.

20 He deprives trusted advisers of speechand takes away the elders’ good judgment.

20 He keeps reliable advisors from speaking, and removes discernment from elders.

21 He pours contempt upon princes, and weakens the strength of the mighty.

21 "He pours contempt on nobles And loosens the belt of the strong.

21 He poureth contempt upon princes, and weakeneth the strength of the mighty.

21 He pours out contempt on noblesand disarms(f) the strong.

21 He pours contempt on nobles and embarrasses the mighty.

22 He uncovers deep things out of darkness, and brings out to light the shadow of death.

22 "He reveals mysteries from the darkness And brings the deep darkness into light.

22 He discovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth out to light the shadow of death.

22 He reveals mysteries from the darknessand brings the deepest darkness into the light.(P)

22 He uncovers the hidden dimensions from darkness, bringing what is in deep shadow to light.

23 He increases the nations, and destroys them: he enlarges the nations, and leads them away.

23 "He makes the nations great, then destroys them; He enlarges the nations, then leads them away.

23 He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them: he enlargeth the nations, and straiteneth them again.

23 He makes nations great, then destroys them;He enlarges nations,(Q) then leads them away.

23 He makes nations great, and then destroys them; he enlarges nations, but then sends them away to captivity.

24 He takes away the heart of the chiefs of the people of the earth, and causes them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way.

24 "He deprives of intelligence the chiefs of the earth's people And makes them wander in a pathless waste.

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.

24 He deprives the world’s leaders of reason,and makes them wander in a trackless wasteland.(R)

24 He withdraws understanding from national leaders of the world, causing them to wander through uncharted wilderness.

25 They grope in the dark without light, and he makes them to stagger like a drunken man.

25 "They grope in darkness with no light, And He makes them stagger like a drunken man.

25 They grope in the dark without light, and he maketh them to stagger like a drunken man.

25 They grope around in darkness without light;He makes them stagger like drunken men.(S)

25 They grope in the dark without light; he causes them to stagger around like a drunkard."

Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009 by Holman Bible Publishers.

International Standard Version Copyright © 1996-2008 by the ISV Foundation.

New American Standard Bible Copyright ©1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif. All rights reserved. For Permission to Quote Information visit http://www.lockman.org