Job 12:19
Verse (Click for Chapter)
New International Version
He leads priests away stripped and overthrows officials long established.

New Living Translation
He leads priests away, stripped of status; he overthrows those with long years in power.

English Standard Version
He leads priests away stripped and overthrows the mighty.

New American Standard Bible
"He makes priests walk barefoot And overthrows the secure ones.

King James Bible
He leadeth princes away spoiled, and overthroweth the mighty.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He leads priests away barefoot and overthrows established leaders.

International Standard Version
He leads away the priests naked and overthrows the ruling class.

NET Bible
He leads priests away stripped and overthrows the potentates.

New Heart English Bible
He leads priests away stripped, and overthrows the mighty.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He leads priests away barefoot and misleads those who serve in a temple.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He leadeth priests away stripped, And overthroweth the mighty.

New American Standard 1977
“He makes priests walk barefoot,
            And overthrows the secure ones.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He leads priests away spoiled and overthrows the mighty.

King James 2000 Bible
He leads princes away plundered, and overthrows the mighty.

American King James Version
He leads princes away spoiled, and overthrows the mighty.

American Standard Version
He leadeth priests away stripped, And overthroweth the mighty.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He leadeth away priests without glory, and overthroweth nobles.

Darby Bible Translation
He leadeth priests away spoiled, and overthroweth the mighty;

English Revised Version
He leadeth priests away spoiled, and overthroweth the mighty.

Webster's Bible Translation
He leadeth princes away spoiled, and overthroweth the mighty.

World English Bible
He leads priests away stripped, and overthrows the mighty.

Young's Literal Translation
Causing ministers to go away a spoil And strong ones He overthroweth.
Study Bible
Job's Response to Zophar
18"He loosens the bond of kings And binds their loins with a girdle. 19"He makes priests walk barefoot And overthrows the secure ones. 20"He deprives the trusted ones of speech And takes away the discernment of the elders.…
Cross References
Job 19:9
"He has stripped my honor from me And removed the crown from my head.

Job 21:7
"Why do the wicked still live, Continue on, also become very powerful?

Job 22:8
"But the earth belongs to the mighty man, And the honorable man dwells in it.

Job 24:22
"But He drags off the valiant by His power; He rises, but no one has assurance of life.

Job 34:20
"In a moment they die, and at midnight People are shaken and pass away, And the mighty are taken away without a hand.

Job 34:24
"He breaks in pieces mighty men without inquiry, And sets others in their place.

Job 35:9
"Because of the multitude of oppressions they cry out; They cry for help because of the arm of the mighty.
Treasury of Scripture

He leads princes away spoiled, and overthrows the mighty.

Joshua 10:24,42 And it came to pass, when they brought out those kings to Joshua, …

1 Samuel 17:45,46 Then said David to the Philistine, You come to me with a sword, and …

Isaiah 37:36-38 Then the angel of the LORD went forth, and smote in the camp of the …

Isaiah 45:1 Thus said the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I …

Revelation 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: …

Revelation 19:19-21 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, …

(19) He leadeth princes.--Some understand priests rather than princes. The word appears to be used in both senses; here the parallelism seems to suit princes better. The latter part of this chapter seems to re-echo the sentiments of Eliphaz in Job 5:11-16; but, instead of giving them the optimist direction he had sketched, he confesses that his own position is rather one of blank despair. Eliphaz is quite sure he possesses the key to the interpretation of the ways of Providence. Job ever fears that his ignorance is so profound as to amount almost to sheer hopelessness, Job is thus the type of a man who has felt the hollowness and unreality of traditional orthodox), and is feeling his way in thick darkness, sustained, nevertheless, by an unquenchable faith that there is light, and that the light will eventually dawn. That this character is the more acceptable to the God of truth is made abundantly clear in the sequel. It is to be observed, however, that Job's breadth of view far exceeds that of Eliphaz, inasmuch as the latter generalises vaguely, while Job declares that not men, but nations, are the subjects of God's guiding providence.

Verse 19. - He leadeth princes away spoiled; rather, priests (כהנים), as in the Revised Version. This is the only mention of "priests" in the Book of Job, and a priest-caste, such as that of Egypt or of Israel, can scarcely be meant. The priests are placed among the mighty, on a par with kings (ver. 18), princes (ver. 21), and "the strong" (ver. 21). This context makes us naturally think of those priest-kings whom we hear of in the olden times, such as were Melchizedek (Genesis 19:18-20) and Jethro (Exodus 3:1; Exodus 18:1-27), and the Egyptian kings of the twenty-first dynasty ('History of Ancient Egypt,' vol. 2. pp. 408-415), and Ethbaal of Tyro ('History of Phoenicia,' p. 435), and Sethos (Herod., 2, 141), and others. Job's allusion is probably to persons of this exalted class, who no doubt were sometimes defeated and dragged into captivity, like other rulers and governors. And overthroweth the mighty. Schultens understands by ethanim (איחנים) "great teachers;" but the ordinary meaning of the word is "strong" or "mighty" (see Job 33:19; Micah 6:2). He leadeth princes away spoiled,.... Of their principalities and dominions, of their wealth and riches, and of their honour and glory; or "priests" (u), as some choose to render the word, against whom God has indignation for their sins, and leads them into captivity with others; so the Septuagint version, "he leads the priests captives"; for no office, ever so sacred, can protect wicked men, see Lamentations 2:6; and from these sometimes the law perishes, and they are spoiled of their wisdom and knowledge, and made unfit to instruct the people, and so of their credit and reputation among them. Sephorno interprets it of the priests spoiled of their prophesying, they prophesying false things to kings:

and overthroweth the mighty; the mighty angels from heaven when they sinned, and mighty men on earth, kings and princes, whom he puts down from their seats of majesty and grandeur. Sephorno interprets this of kings, whose ways are perverted, by being led by false prophets, as Ahab was. Some (w) understand this of ecclesiastical men, mighty in word and doctrine, well grounded in theology, yet their wisdom being taken away from them, they turn aside into wicked paths, practices, and principles, and fall from their steadfastness in truth and holiness.

(u) "sacerdotes", V. L. Montanus, Tigurine version, Bolducius, Cocceius, Schmidt, Schultens. (w) Schmidt, Michaelis, Schultens. 19. princes—rather, "priests," as the Hebrew is rendered (Ps 99:6). Even the sacred ministers of religion are not exempt from reverses and captivity.

the mighty—rather, "the firm-rooted in power"; the Arabic root expresses ever-flowing water [Umbreit].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?
Jump to Previous
Barefoot Causing Established Leads Makes Mighty Ministers Ones Overthroweth Overthrows Overturning Positions Priests Princes Prisoners Safe Secure Spoil Spoiled Stripped Strong Walk
Jump to Next
Barefoot Causing Established Leads Makes Mighty Ministers Ones Overthroweth Overthrows Overturning Positions Priests Princes Prisoners Safe Secure Spoil Spoiled Stripped Strong Walk
Links
Job 12:19 NIV
Job 12:19 NLT
Job 12:19 ESV
Job 12:19 NASB
Job 12:19 KJV

Job 12:19 Biblia Paralela
Job 12:19 Chinese Bible
Job 12:19 French Bible
Job 12:19 German Bible

Alphabetical: and away barefoot established He leads long makes men ones overthrows priests secure stripped the walk

OT Poetry: Job 12:19 He leads priests away stripped and overthrows (Jb) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools
Job 12:18
Top of Page
Top of Page