Job 12:13
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New International Version
"To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his.

New Living Translation
"But true wisdom and power are found in God; counsel and understanding are his.

English Standard Version
“With God are wisdom and might; he has counsel and understanding.

Berean Study Bible
Wisdom and strength belong to God; counsel and understanding are His.

New American Standard Bible
"With Him are wisdom and might; To Him belong counsel and understanding.

King James Bible
With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding.

Christian Standard Bible
Wisdom and strength belong to God; counsel and understanding are his.

Contemporary English Version
But God is the real source of wisdom and strength.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Wisdom and strength belong to God; counsel and understanding are His.

International Standard Version
With God is wisdom and strength; counsel and understanding belongs to him.

NET Bible
"With God are wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his.

New Heart English Bible
"With him is wisdom and might. He has counsel and understanding.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God has wisdom and strength. Advice and insight are his.

JPS Tanakh 1917
With Him is wisdom and might; He hath counsel and understanding.

New American Standard 1977
“With Him are wisdom and might; To Him belong counsel and understanding.

Jubilee Bible 2000
With him is wisdom and strength; he has counsel and intelligence.

King James 2000 Bible
With him is wisdom and strength, he has counsel and understanding.

American King James Version
With him is wisdom and strength, he has counsel and understanding.

American Standard Version
With God is wisdom and might; He hath counsel and understanding.

Douay-Rheims Bible
With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding.

Darby Bible Translation
With him is wisdom and might; he hath counsel and understanding.

English Revised Version
With him is wisdom and might; he hath counsel and understanding.

Webster's Bible Translation
With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding.

World English Bible
"With God is wisdom and might. He has counsel and understanding.

Young's Literal Translation
With Him are wisdom and might, To him are counsel and understanding.
Study Bible
Job Responds to Zophar
12Wisdom is found with the elderly, and understanding comes with long life. 13Wisdom and strength belong to God; counsel and understanding are His. 14What He tears down cannot be rebuilt; the man He imprisons cannot be released.…
Cross References
Job 9:4
God is wise in heart and mighty in strength. Who has hardened himself against Him and prospered?

Job 11:6
and disclose to you the secrets of wisdom, for true wisdom has two sides. Know then that God exacts from you less than your iniquity deserves.

Job 26:12
By His power He stilled the sea, and by His understanding He shattered Rahab.

Job 32:8
But there is a spirit in a man, the breath of the Almighty, that gives him understanding.

Job 36:5
Indeed God is mighty, but He despises no one; He is mighty in strength of understanding.

Job 38:36
Who has put wisdom in the heart or given understanding to the mind?

Daniel 2:20
and declared: "Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and power belong to Him.

Treasury of Scripture

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

him. that is, God

Job 32:6-9 And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I am …

wisdom

Job 12:16 With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are his.

Job 9:4 He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who has hardened himself …

Job 28:20-28 From where then comes wisdom? and where is the place of understanding…

Job 36:5 Behold, God is mighty, and despises not any: he is mighty in strength …

Psalm 147:5 Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.

Proverbs 2:6,7 For the LORD gives wisdom: out of his mouth comes knowledge and understanding…

Jeremiah 10:12 He has made the earth by his power, he has established the world …

Daniel 2:20 Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and …

Luke 21:15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries …

1 Corinthians 1:24 But to them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power …

Colossians 2:3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all …

counsel

Proverbs 8:14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.

Isaiah 40:13,14 Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counselor has …

Isaiah 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the …

Romans 11:34 For who has known the mind of the Lord? or who has been his counselor?

Ephesians 1:8,11 Wherein he has abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence…

Verse 13. - With him is wisdom and strength. With God wisdom and strength dwell essentially. He is not wiser or stronger at one time than at another. Time and experience add nothing to the perfection of his attributes, which are unchangeable. Such wisdom infinitely transcends any to which man can attain, and therefore is doubtless the wisdom whereby the world is governed. He hath counsel and understanding. God has these qualities as his own. They are not acquired or imparted, but belong to him, necessarily and always. With him is wisdom and strength,.... Not with the ancient and long lived man, but with God, who has made the whole universe, and in whose hand and at whose dispose all creatures are, Job 12:9; with him wisdom is originally, essentially, and inderivatively, as the fountain and fulness of it; he is the only and all wise God; his wisdom is displayed in making the world, and all things in it, in the beautiful manner they are set, and in their subserviency to each other; in all the dispensations of his providence, having all a "bathos", a depth of wisdom and knowledge in them, being all according to the counsel of his will; and in the work of redemption and salvation by Christ, in which he has abounded in all wisdom and prudence; in finding out and appointing a Redeemer, mighty and strong, equal to the work; in contriving and bringing it about, in such a manner as to glorify all his perfections; hence the Gospel, which is the publication of this grace, is called the wisdom of God: and with him is wisdom to communicate to his people, to direct them how to behave under every providence, in every station of life, in the church, and in the world, see James 1:5; and he has "strength", which he has shown in making the world out of nothing, in upholding it, and all things in it in being, in executing his designs, decrees, and purposes, in fulfilling his promises, and in supporting and strengthening his people, under all their trials and exercises, to withstand every enemy, and perform every duty; ancient men, though they may increase in wisdom, they decline in strength, but God has both, in infinite perfection:

he hath counsel and understanding; his decrees and purposes, wisely formed within himself, are his counsels of old, and which are truly and punctually performed in time; his plan of peace, reconciliation, and salvation by Christ, may, with propriety, be called the counsel of peace between them both; and the Gospel, and the various doctrines of it, are the whole counsel of God, and so are the ordinances of it; and besides these, by which he counsels and advises his people, he has counsel with him, and which he gives unto them by his spirit, for which they bless his name; and so even did Christ as man and Mediator, Psalm 16:7; he has counsel to give, and does give in things temporal, relating to the common affairs of life, and in things concerning the good and welfare of immortal souls; all which comes from him who is "wonderful in counsel, and excellent in working", Isaiah 28:29; and he has an "understanding" that is infinite and unsearchable; he has an understanding of himself, his nature, perfections, and persons of all his creatures, and of all things past, present, and to come; the same things are said of Christ, the wisdom of God, Proverbs 8:14. Job, having observed these things of God, passes on to discourse most admirably and excellently of the power and wisdom of God in various instances, especially in the dispensations of his providence, by which he appears to have known the secrets of wisdom, and not so ignorant as represented by Zophar. 13. In contrast to, "with the ancient is wisdom" (Job 12:12), Job quotes a saying of the ancients which suits his argument, "with Him (God) is (the true) wisdom" (Pr 8:14); and by that "wisdom and strength" "He breaketh down," etc., as an absolute Sovereign, not allowing man to penetrate His mysteries; man's part is to bow to His unchangeable decrees (Job 1:21). The Mohammedan saying is, "if God will, and how God will."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?
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