Job 12:16
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New International Version
To him belong strength and insight; both deceived and deceiver are his.

New Living Translation
Yes, strength and wisdom are his; deceivers and deceived are both in his power.

English Standard Version
With him are strength and sound wisdom; the deceived and the deceiver are his.

New American Standard Bible
"With Him are strength and sound wisdom, The misled and the misleader belong to Him.

King James Bible
With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are his.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
True wisdom and power belong to Him. The deceived and the deceiver are His.

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

NET Bible
With him are strength and prudence; both the one who goes astray and the one who misleads are his.

New Heart English Bible
With him is strength and wisdom. The deceived and the deceiver are his.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"God has power and priceless wisdom. He owns [both] the deceiver and the person who is deceived.

JPS Tanakh 1917
With Him is strength and sound wisdom; The deceived and the deceiver are His.

New American Standard 1977
“With Him are strength and sound wisdom,
            The misled and the misleader belong to Him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
With him is strength and existence; he who errs and he who leads astray are his.

King James 2000 Bible
With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are his.

American King James Version
With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are his.

American Standard Version
With him is strength and wisdom; The deceived and the deceiver are his.

Douay-Rheims Bible
With him is strength and wisdom: he knoweth both the deceiver, and him that is deceived.

Darby Bible Translation
With him is strength and effectual knowledge; the deceived and the deceiver are his.

English Revised Version
With him is strength and effectual working; the deceived and the deceiver are his.

Webster's Bible Translation
With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are his.

World English Bible
With him is strength and wisdom. The deceived and the deceiver are his.

Young's Literal Translation
With Him are strength and wisdom, His the deceived and deceiver.
Study Bible
Job's Response to Zophar
15"Behold, He restrains the waters, and they dry up; And He sends them out, and they inundate the earth. 16"With Him are strength and sound wisdom, The misled and the misleader belong to Him. 17"He makes counselors walk barefoot And makes fools of judges.…
Cross References
Job 13:7
"Will you speak what is unjust for God, And speak what is deceitful for Him?

Job 13:9
"Will it be well when He examines you? Or will you deceive Him as one deceives a man?

Daniel 2:20
Daniel said, "Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever, For wisdom and power belong to Him.
Treasury of Scripture

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

With

Job 12:13 With him is wisdom and strength, he has counsel and understanding.

Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For your …

the deceived

1 Kings 22:22,23 And the LORD said to him, With which? And he said, I will go forth, …

Ezekiel 14:9 And if the prophet be deceived when he has spoken a thing, I the …

Verse 16. - With him is strength and wisdom; rather (as in the Revised Version), with him is strength and effectual working. God has not only the wisdom to design the course of events (ver. 13), but the power and ability to carry out all that he designs. The deceived and the deceiver are his. Not only does God rule the course of external nature, but also the doings of men. "Shall there be evil in a city, and shall not he have done it?" (Amos 3:6) He allows some to deceive, and others to be deceived. Moral evil is thus under his control, and, in a certain sense, may be celled his doing. But it behoves men, when they approach such great mysteries, to be very cautious and wary in their speech. Job touches with somewhat too bold a hand the deepest problems of the universe. With him is strength and wisdom,.... Which is repeated from Job 12:13; though different words are used but expressive of the same things; of the greatest strength might, and power of God, as the above instances show and of his most consummate, solid and substantial wisdom, as appears by what follows:

the deceived and the deceiver are his: the wisdom, knowledge, sagacity and penetration into affairs, which the one has not, and the other has are from him; he withholds them from the one, who are simple and void of understanding, and so are easily imposed upon and deceived, and he given them to others, who make as ill use of them, deceive their fellow creatures some are deceivers in civil things, in the business and affairs of life, who circumvent, trick, cheat, and defraud their neighbours in buying and selling, using deceitful weights and measures, and by many other artful methods; others are deceivers in religious affairs, such are false teachers, deceitful workers, that lie in wait deceive; their intention into deceive, they do it knowingly, and on purpose; they walk in craftiness, and handle the word of God deceitfully; there were many of these in the times of the apostles that had then entered into the world, but never more than now; the great impostor and deceiver of all is. Satan, to whom Jarchi restrains the words, who beguiled Eve, and indeed deceives the whole world, Revelation 12:9. Multitudes are deceived by him, as well as by, his emissaries, false teachers, and by their own hearts lusts; and even God's elect themselves, while in a state of unregeneracy, bear this character of "deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures", Titus 3:3. Now these are "his", the Lord's; which Mr. Broughton interprets, "from him", "by him", and "for him"; the wit, wisdom, subtlety, and sagacity of deceivers, are from him; gifts of nature, in themselves good, bestowed on them by him; the ill use they make of it is from themselves, and owing to the vitiosity of their nature; nay, it is not only by his permission, but according to his ordination and will, that there are such persons in the world: in some cases they appear not only to have leave or permission, but an order to seduce, as to the, lying spirit sent forth to seduce Ahab, 1 Kings 22:20; yea, the princes of Noph being deceived, and they seducing Egypt, it is ascribed to the Lord's mingling a perverse spirit in the midst thereof, Isaiah 19:13; nay, when a prophet is deceived, God himself is said to deceive that prophet, Ezekiel 14:9; so much is there of the permissive and efficacious will of God in this matter; not that he is the author of error and deceit, or infuses these into men, only the orderer, disposer, and, overruler of these things to some purposes orb is; he has power over them, and counterworks them, when he pleases; he can and does restrain them, and stops them, that they shall proceed no further, than he wills; false teachers would, if possible, deceive the very elect, Matthew 24:24, but they cannot, and the reason is, God hinders them; Satan can go on no longer deceiving the world than it is the pleasure of God; a notorious instance of, hindering and, restraining him may be seen in Revelation 20:3; and all the deceptions that are suffered to be among men they are all, wisely ordered, and overruled to good purposes, so as to issue well; the deception of our first parents was suffered and willed, that the grace of God might be displayed in the salvation of, men; errors and heresies are and must be for the trial and discovery of sound believers that they which are approved might be manifest; and men that like not to retain God in their knowledge reject both the light of nature and revelation, are left in righteous judgment to a reprobate mind, to give heed to seducing spirits, and are given up to strong delusions to believe a lie, that they might be damned, see 1 Corinthians 11:19, Romans 1:28. Now all this shows the infinite and consummate wisdom of God; it is brought to prove, not only that he "knows" deceivers, and all their arts and tricks, through which men are deceived by them, as Aben Ezra interprets it, and so the Vulgate Latin version renders it; but he is the fountain of all that wisdom and knowledge in them, superior to others, which they abuse, nor can they use it without his leave; and he can and does counterwork them, and restrains them as he pleases, and makes all to work for and issue in his own glory. 16. (Eze 14:9).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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