Job 12:12
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New International Version
Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?

New Living Translation
Wisdom belongs to the aged, and understanding to the old.

English Standard Version
Wisdom is with the aged, and understanding in length of days.

New American Standard Bible
"Wisdom is with aged men, With long life is understanding.

King James Bible
With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Wisdom is found with the elderly, and understanding comes with long life.

International Standard Version
"Wisdom may be found in the company of the aged. Understanding comes with longevity.

NET Bible
Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Wisdom is with the ancient one. The one who has had many days has insight.

Jubilee Bible 2000
With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days intelligence.

King James 2000 Bible
With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.

American King James Version
With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.

American Standard Version
With aged men is wisdom, And in length of days understanding.

Douay-Rheims Bible
In the ancient is wisdom, and in length of days prudence.

Darby Bible Translation
With the aged is wisdom, and in length of days understanding.

English Revised Version
With aged men is wisdom, and in length of days understanding.

Webster's Bible Translation
With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.

World English Bible
With aged men is wisdom, in length of days understanding.

Young's Literal Translation
With the very aged is wisdom, And with length of days understanding.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:12-25 This is a noble discourse of Job concerning the wisdom, power, and sovereignty of God, in ordering all the affairs of the children of men, according to the counsel of His own will, which none can resist. It were well if wise and good men, who differ about lesser things, would see how it is for their honour and comfort, and the good of others, to dwell most upon the great things in which they agree. Here are no complaints, or reflections. He gives many instances of God's powerful management of the children of men, overruling all their counsels, and overcoming all their oppositions. Having all strength and wisdom, God knows how to make use, even of those who are foolish and bad; otherwise there is so little wisdom and so little honesty in the world, that all had been in confusion and ruin long ago. These important truths were suited to convince the disputants that they were out of their depth in attempting to assign the Lord's reasons for afflicting Job; his ways are unsearchable, and his judgments past finding out. Let us remark what beautiful illustrations there are in the word of God, confirming his sovereignty, and wisdom in that sovereignty: but the highest and infinitely the most important is, that the Lord Jesus was crucified by the malice of the Jews; and who but the Lord could have known that this one event was the salvation of the world?

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 12. - With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding. Men get their wisdom gradually and painfully by much experience during a long stretch of time, so that it is not until they are" ancient" that we can call them wise or credit them with "understanding." But with God the case is wholly different.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

With the ancient is wisdom,.... Meaning not himself, who was not very ancient; though some think Eliphaz so understood him; hence those words of his, in Job 15:9; rather, as others, Job tacitly wishes that some ancient man, with whom wisdom was, would undertake to examine the affair between him and his friends, and judge of it, and decide the point; or, as others, he has respect to Bildad's advice to search the fathers, and learn their sentiments, and be determined by them; to which he replies, that though it will be allowed that wisdom is with them, for the most part, yet their judgment of things is no further to be regarded than as it agrees with the wisdom of God, and the revelation he has made of his will; though it seems best of all to consider these words as an adage or proverbial sentence generally agreed to, that it often is, as it might be expected it should, though it is not always, that men well advanced in years are wise; that as they have lived long in the world, they have learned much by observation and experience, and have attained to a considerable share of wisdom and knowledge in things, natural, civil, and religious:

and in length of days is understanding; the understandings of men are improved and enriched, and well stored with useful science, having had the opportunity of much reading, hearing, and conversation; by this Job would suggest, that if his friends had more knowledge of hidden and recondite things, beyond common people, which yet they had not, it was not so wonderful, since they were aged men, and had lived long in the world; or rather it may be that this is mentioned, to observe that from hence, seeing it is so among men, that ancient men have, or it may be expected they should have, a considerable share of wisdom and understanding; it may be most easily and strongly concluded, that God, who is the Ancient of days, has the most perfect and consummate wisdom and knowledge, which is asserted in Job 12:13.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12. ancient—aged (Job 15:10).

Job 12:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
Job's Response to Zophar
11"Does not the ear test words, As the palate tastes its food? 12"Wisdom is with aged men, With long life is understanding. 13"With Him are wisdom and might; To Him belong counsel and understanding.…
Cross References
1 Kings 12:6
Then King Rehoboam consulted the elders who had served his father Solomon during his lifetime. "How would you advise me to answer these people?" he asked.

Job 15:10
The gray-haired and the aged are on our side, men even older than your father.

Job 32:7
I thought, 'Age should speak; advanced years should teach wisdom.'
Treasury of Scripture

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

Job 8:8 For inquire, I pray you, of the former age, and prepare yourself …

Job 15:10 With us are both the gray headed and very aged men, much elder than your father.

Job 32:7 I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.

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