Job 12:21
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New International Version
He pours contempt on nobles and disarms the mighty.

New Living Translation
He pours disgrace upon princes and disarms the strong.

English Standard Version
He pours contempt on princes and loosens the belt of the strong.

New American Standard Bible
"He pours contempt on nobles And loosens the belt of the strong.

King James Bible
He poureth contempt upon princes, and weakeneth the strength of the mighty.

Christian Standard Bible
He pours out contempt on nobles and disarms the strong.

Contemporary English Version
puts mighty kings to shame, and takes away their power.

Good News Translation
He disgraces those in power and puts an end to the strength of rulers.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He pours out contempt on nobles and disarms the strong.

International Standard Version
He pours contempt on nobles and embarrasses the mighty.

NET Bible
He pours contempt on noblemen and disarms the powerful.

New Heart English Bible
He pours contempt on princes, and loosens the belt of the strong.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He pours contempt on influential people and unbuckles the belt of the mighty.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He poureth contempt upon princes, And looseth the belt of the strong.

New American Standard 1977
“He pours contempt on nobles, And loosens the belt of the strong.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He pours contempt upon princes and weakens the strength of the mighty.

King James 2000 Bible
He pours contempt upon princes, and weakens the strength of the mighty.

American King James Version
He pours contempt on princes, and weakens the strength of the mighty.

American Standard Version
He poureth contempt upon princes, And looseth the belt of the strong.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He poureth contempt upon princes, and relieveth them that were oppressed.

Darby Bible Translation
He poureth contempt upon nobles, and slackeneth the girdle of the mighty;

English Revised Version
He poureth contempt upon princes, and looseth the belt of the strong.

Webster's Bible Translation
He poureth contempt upon princes, and weakeneth the strength of the mighty.

World English Bible
He pours contempt on princes, and loosens the belt of the strong.

Young's Literal Translation
Pouring contempt upon princes, And the girdle of the mighty He made feeble.
Study Bible
Job's Response to Zophar
20"He deprives the trusted ones of speech And takes away the discernment of the elders. 21"He pours contempt on nobles And loosens the belt of the strong. 22"He reveals mysteries from the darkness And brings the deep darkness into light.…
Cross References
Job 3:15
Or with princes who had gold, Who were filling their houses with silver.

Job 12:18
"He loosens the bond of kings And binds their loins with a girdle.

Job 34:19
Who shows no partiality to princes Nor regards the rich above the poor, For they all are the work of His hands?

Psalm 107:40
He pours contempt upon princes And makes them wander in a pathless waste.

Isaiah 40:23
He it is who reduces rulers to nothing, Who makes the judges of the earth meaningless.

Isaiah 45:1
Thus says the LORD to Cyrus His anointed, Whom I have taken by the right hand, To subdue nations before him And to loose the loins of kings; To open doors before him so that gates will not be shut:

Amos 2:3
"I will also cut off the judge from her midst And slay all her princes with him," says the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

He pours contempt on princes, and weakens the strength of the mighty.

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Exodus 8:2 And if you refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all your borders …

Exodus 16:24 And they laid it up till the morning, as Moses bade: and it did not …

1 Kings 21:23,24 And of Jezebel also spoke the LORD, saying, The dogs shall eat Jezebel …

2 Kings 9:26,34-37 Surely I have seen yesterday the blood of Naboth, and the blood of …

Psalm 107:40 He pours contempt on princes, and causes them to wander in the wilderness, …

Isaiah 23:9 The LORD of hosts has purposed it, to stain the pride of all glory, …

Isaiah 24:21,22 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish …

Isaiah 37:38 And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god…

Daniel 2:21,22 And he changes the times and the seasons: he removes kings, and sets …

Daniel 4:32,33 And they shall drive you from men, and your dwelling shall be with …

Matthew 2:12,13 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to …

Acts 12:23 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave …

weakened the strength of the mighty. or, looseth the girdle of the strong

Isaiah 5:27 None shall be weary nor stumble among them; none shall slumber nor …

Isaiah 11:5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness …

Isaiah 22:21 And I will clothe him with your robe, and strengthen him with your …

Ephesians 6:10,14 Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might…

Verse 21. - He poureth contempt upon princes; literally, upon the munificent. But the word has often the more generic sense of "princes," "great men" (see 1 Samuel 2:8; Proverbs 25:7, etc.). And weakeneth the strength of the mighty; literally, looseth the belt of the strong. But our version sufficiently expresses the meaning. He poureth contempt upon princes,.... Not on good princes, such as rule in righteousness, and decree judgment and govern their subjects according to good laws, in a mild and gentle manner, and answer to their name of free, liberal, beneficent and munificent. These, as there is an honour due unto them, it is the will of God they should have it; much less are princes, in a figurative sense, meant, good men, the children of God, who are born of him the King of kings, and so princes in all the earth; but, in a literal sense, bad princes, that oppress their subjects, and rule them with rigour, and persecute good men; such as rose up against Christ, as Herod and Pontius Pilate; persecutors of the saints, as the Roman emperors, and the antichristian princes in the papacy; these God sometimes brings into contempt with their subjects, deposes them from their government, reduces them to a mean, abject, and servile state; or they die a shameful death, as Herod was eaten with worms, and many of the Heathen emperors died miserable deaths; and the vials of God's wrath will be poured out upon all the antichristian states, and their princes: pouring denotes the abundance of shame they are put to, as if they were clothed and covered with it, it being plentifully poured out like water, or as water was poured upon them, which is sometimes done by way of contempt, see Psalm 107:40;

and weakeneth the strength of the mighty; the strength of men, hale and robust, by sending one disease or another upon them, which takes it away from them; or by "the mighty" are meant men in power and authority; kings, as the Targum paraphrases it, mighty monarchs, whose strength lies in their wealth and riches, in their fortresses and powerful armies; all which God can deprive them of in an instant, and make them as weak as other men. Some render it, "and looseneth the girdle of the mighty" (b), the same as loosening the loins of kings, Isaiah 14:1; ungirding them, and taking away their power and authority from them, rendering them unfit for business, or unable to keep their posts and defend their kingdom.

(b) "et zonam potentium laxat", Tigurine version, Piscator, Beza, Schmidt; so Jarchi, Ben Gersom, Bar Tzemach, & Ben Melech. 21. Ps 107:40 quotes, in its first clause, this verse and, in its second, Job 12:24.

weakeneth the strength—literally, "looseth the girdle"; Orientals wear flowing garments; when active strength is to be put forth, they gird up their garments with a girdle. Hence here—"He destroyeth their power" in the eyes of the people.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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