¶ So Iob answered, and said: Then (no doubt) ye are the men alone, and wisdom shall perish with you. But I have understanding as well as ye, and am no less than ye. Yea who knoweth not these things? Thus he that calleth upon God, and whom God heareth, is mocked of his neighbour: the godly and innocent man is laughed to scorn. Godliness is a light despised in the hearts of the rich, and is set for them to stumble upon.
¶ The houses of robbers are in wealth and prosperity, and they that maliciously meddle against God, dwell without care: yea God giveth all things richly with his hand. Ask the cattle, and they shall inform thee: the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: Speak to the earth, and it shall shew thee: Or to the fishes of the sea, and they shall certify thee. What is he, but he knoweth that the hand of the LORD made all these? In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all men. Have not the ears pleasure in hearing, and the mouth in tasting the thing that it eateth?
¶ Among old persons there is wisdom, and among the aged is understanding. Yea with God is wisdom and strength, it is he that hath counsel and foreknowledge. If he break down a thing, who can set it up again? If he shut a thing, who will open it? Behold, if he withhold the waters, they dry up: If he let them go, they destroy the earth. With him is strength and wisdom: he knoweth both the deceiver and him that is deceived. He carrieth away the wise men, as it were a spoil, and bringeth the judges out of their wits. He lowseth the girdle of kings, and girdleth their loins with a bond. He leadeth away the Priests in to captivity, and turneth the mighty up side down. He taketh the verity from out of the mouth, and disappointeth the aged of their wisdom. He poureth out confusion upon princes, and comforteth them that have been oppressed. Look what lieth hid in darkness, he declareth it openly: and the very shadow of death bringeth he to light. He both increaseth the people and destroyeth them: He maketh them to multiply, and driveth them away. He changeth the heart of the princes and kings of the earth, and disapointeth them: so that they go wandering out of the way, and grope in the dark without light, staggering to and fro like drunken men.