"To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his. (Job 12:13)

What he tears down cannot be rebuilt; the man he imprisons cannot be released. (Job 12:14)

If he holds back the waters, there is drought; if he lets them loose, they devastate the land. (Job 12:15)

To him belong strength and victory; both deceived and deceiver are his. (Job 12:16)

He leads counselors away stripped and makes fools of judges. (Job 12:17)

He takes off the shackles put on by kings and ties a loincloth around their waist. (Job 12:18)

He leads priests away stripped and overthrows men long established. (Job 12:19)

He silences the lips of trusted advisers and takes away the discernment of elders. (Job 12:20)

He pours contempt on nobles and disarms the mighty. (Job 12:21)

He reveals the deep things of darkness and brings deep shadows into the light. (Job 12:22)

He makes nations great, and destroys them; he enlarges nations, and disperses them. (Job 12:23)

He deprives the leaders of the earth of their reason; he sends them wandering through a trackless waste. (Job 12:24)

They grope in darkness with no light; he makes them stagger like drunkards. (Job 12:25)

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