Dave Burnette's Commentary

Job Chapter 12

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Unknown, possibly Job, Moses, Solomon, and Elihu
Date Penned: (2000-1800 BC)
Overview: Faith in God's Sovereignty Through Trials (c 1-42)
Theme: Three Friends Answer Job (c 3-31)
Message: Job Speaks (v 1-25)

Job 12 Commentary

(12:1) Job Replies to Zophar - Job answered Zophar's argument with great sarcasm: "Wisdom shall die with you." He went on to say that his three friends didn't need to explain God to him- they were saying nothing he didn't already know

(12:7-9) Jobe Affirms His Friends Misconception  - Job continued to maintain that his friends had completely misunderstood the reason for his suffering. Job did not know the reason either, but he was certain that his friends' reasons were both narrow-minded and incorrect. Once again, Job appealed to God to give him an answer (13:3).

(12:24-25) Job Affirms God is Sovereign - Job affirmed that no leader has any real wisdom apart from God. No research or report can outweigh God's opinion. No scientific discovery or medical advance takes him by surprise. No computer or artificially intelligent robot catches him off guard. No innovative form of government or public policy makes him stop to think. When we look for guidance for our decisions, we must recognize that God's wisdom is superior to any the world has to offer. Don't let earthly advisers dampen your desire to know God better.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

All Knowledge Comes from our Lord

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the Book of Job with Chapter 12. In our text today we see Job replying to Zophar's comments and raising the point that all wisdom comes from the Lord. Every Scientific discovery, medical advancement, breakthrough invention, etc... comes from the Lord. In making application it makes me think of what we are missing through our sin. Not the God is holding things from us but rather the separation that comes from sin which keeps us from tapping into the riches of knowledge that is in Christ-Jesus. How about you? Do you ever wonder what you are missing from the separation that comes from your sin? Let us learn from our text today and the wisdom that Job shares to remember that all knowledge comes from our Lord and to avoid sin to enjoy the Lord's best for our lives.


Job 12

Job 12

 1And Job answered and said,

 2No doubt but ye are the people, and wisdom shall die with you.

 3But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: yea, who knoweth not such things as these?

 4I am as one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth upon God, and he answereth him: the just upright man is laughed to scorn.

 5He that is ready to slip with his feet is as a lamp despised in the thought of him that is at ease.

 6The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are secure; into whose hand God bringeth abundantly.

 7But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee:

 8Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.

 9Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?

 10In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.

 11Doth not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat?

 12With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.

 13With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding.

 14Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again: he shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.

 15Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up: also he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.

 16With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are his.

 17He leadeth counsellors away spoiled, and maketh the judges fools.

 18He looseth the bond of kings, and girdeth their loins with a girdle.

 19He leadeth princes away spoiled, and overthroweth the mighty.

 20He removeth away the speech of the trusty, and taketh away the understanding of the aged.

 21He poureth contempt upon princes, and weakeneth the strength of the mighty.

 22He discovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth out to light the shadow of death.

 23He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them: he enlargeth the nations, and straiteneth them again.

 24He 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.

 25They grope in the dark without light, and he maketh them to stagger like a drunken man.