Job maintaineth himself against his friends that reprove him.
Job 12:1 And Job answered and said, Job 12:2 No doubt but ye [are] the people, and wisdom shall die with you. Job 12:3 But I have understanding as well as you; I [am] not inferior to you: yea, who knoweth not such things as these? Job 12:4 I am [as] one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth upon God, and he answereth him: the just upright [man is] laughed to scorn. Job 12:5 He that is ready to slip with [his] feet [is as] a lamp despised in the thought of him that is at ease. Job 12:6 The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are secure; into whose hand God bringeth [abundantly].
He acknowledgeth the general doctrine of God's omnipotency.
Job 12:7 But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: Job 12:8 Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. Job 12:9 Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this? Job 12:10 In whose hand [is] the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind. Job 12:11 Doth not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat? Job 12:12 With the ancient [is] wisdom; and in length of days understanding. Job 12:13 With him [is] wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding. Job 12:14 Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again: he shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening. Job 12:15 Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up: also he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth. Job 12:16 With him [is] strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver [are] his. Job 12:17 He leadeth counsellors away spoiled, and maketh the judges fools. Job 12:18 He looseth the bond of kings, and girdeth their loins with a girdle. Job 12:19 He leadeth princes away spoiled, and overthroweth the mighty. Job 12:20 He removeth away the speech of the trusty, and taketh away the understanding of the aged. Job 12:21 He poureth contempt upon princes, and weakeneth the strength of the mighty. Job 12:22 He discovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth out to light the shadow of death. Job 12:23 He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them: he enlargeth the nations, and straiteneth them [again]. Job 12:24 He taketh away the heart of the chief of the people of the earth, and causeth them to wander in a wilderness [where there is] no way. Job 12:25 They grope in the dark without light, and he maketh them to stagger like [a] drunken [man].