Turning aside the lip of the stedfast, And the reason of the aged He taketh away.
Job 12:20 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
He removeth away the speech of the trusty - The faithful counsellor and the eloquent orator avail nothing: Quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat; "God infatuates those whom he is determined to destroy." The writer might have had his eyes on Isaiah 3:1-3, which the reader will do well to consult.
The understanding of the aged - זקנים zekenim signifies the same here as our word elders or elder-men; which includes in itself the two ideas of seniority, or considerably advanced age, and official authority. These can do no more to save a state which God designs to destroy, notwithstanding their great political wisdom and knowledge, than the child who can neither reason nor speak.
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the speech of the trusty. Heb. the lip of the faithful
Proverbs 10:21 The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.
Proverbs 12:19,22 The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment...
Job 12:24 He takes away the heart of the chief of the people of the earth, and causes them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way.
Job 17:4 For you have hid their heart from understanding: therefore shall you not exalt them.
Job 32:9 Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.
Job 39:17 Because God has deprived her of wisdom, neither has he imparted to her understanding.
Isaiah 3:1-3 For, behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, does take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread...
Job 12:20 Parallel CommentariesAdvisers Aged Deprives Discernment Effect Elders Good Judgment Lips Makes Ones Persons Reason Removes Removeth Responsible Sense Speech Stedfast Trust Trusted Trusty Turning Understanding WordsAdvisers Aged Deprives Discernment Effect Elders Good Judgment Lips Makes Ones Persons Reason Removes Removeth Responsible Sense Speech Stedfast Trust Trusted Trusty Turning Understanding WordsTHE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.
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