Job 12:21
Job's Response to Zophar

1And Job answered and said, 2No doubt but you are the people, and wisdom shall die with you. 3But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: yes, who knows not such things as these? 4I am as one mocked of his neighbor, who calls on God, and he answers 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 brings abundantly. 7But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach you; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell you: 8Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach you: and the fishes of the sea shall declare to you. 9Who knows not in all these that the hand of the LORD has worked this? 10In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind. 11Does 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 has counsel and understanding. 14Behold, he breaks down, and it cannot be built again: he shuts up a man, and there can be no opening. 15Behold, he withholds the waters, and they dry up: also he sends them out, and they overturn the earth. 16With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are his. 17He leads counsellors away spoiled, and makes the judges fools. 18He looses the bond of kings, and girds their loins with a girdle. 19He leads princes away spoiled, and overthrows the mighty. 20He removes away the speech of the trusty, and takes away the understanding of the aged. 21He pours contempt on princes, and weakens the strength of the mighty. 22He discovers deep things out of darkness, and brings out to light the shadow of death. 23He increases the nations, and destroys them: he enlarges the nations, and straitens them again. 24He 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. 25They grope in the dark without light, and he makes them to stagger like a drunken man.
Cross References
Job 3:15
Or with princes that had gold, who filled their houses with silver:

Job 12:18
He looses the bond of kings, and girds their loins with a girdle.

Job 34:19
How much less to him that accepts not the persons of princes, nor regards the rich more than the poor? for they all are the work of his hands.

Psalm 107:40
He pours contempt on princes, and causes them to wander in the wilderness, where there is no way.

Isaiah 40:23
That brings the princes to nothing; he makes the judges of the earth as vanity.

Isaiah 45:1
Thus said the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have held, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;

Amos 2:3
And I will cut off the judge from the middle thereof, and will slay all the princes thereof with him, said the LORD.

Treasury of Scripture

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


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

Exodus 16:24 And they laid it up till the morning, as Moses bade: and it did not stink, neither was there any worm therein.

1 Kings 21:23,24 And of Jezebel also spoke the LORD, saying, The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel...

2 Kings 9:26,34-37 Surely I have seen yesterday the blood of Naboth, and the blood of his sons, said the LORD; and I will requite you in this plat...

Psalm 107:40 He pours contempt on princes, and causes them to wander in the wilderness, where there is no way.

Isaiah 23:9 The LORD of hosts has purposed it, to stain the pride of all glory, and to bring into contempt all the honorable of the earth.

Isaiah 24:21,22 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high...

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 up kings: he gives wisdom to the wise...

Daniel 4:32,33 And they shall drive you from men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make you to eat grass as oxen...

Matthew 2:12,13 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way...

Acts 12:23 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.

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 sleep; neither shall the girdle of their loins be loosed...

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

Isaiah 22:21 And I will clothe him with your robe, and strengthen him with your girdle, and I will commit your government into his hand...

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

Strong's Concordance
He poureth contempt upon princes, and weakeneth the strength of the mighty.
Topical Bible
Belt Chiefs Contempt Disarms Feeble Girdle Loosens Looses Looseth Mighty Nobles Poureth Pouring Pours Power Princes Puts Shame Slackeneth Strength Strong Takes Weakeneth
Job Chapter 12 Verse 21

Alphabetical: and belt contempt disarms He loosens mighty nobles of on pours strong the

OT Poetry: Job 12:21 He pours contempt on princes and loosens (Jb)
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