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Job 12:12

    Job 12:12 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    With aged men is wisdom, And in length of days understanding.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Old men have wisdom, and a long life gives knowledge.

    Webster's Revision

    With aged men is wisdom, And in length of days understanding.

    World English Bible

    With aged men is wisdom, in length of days understanding.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    With aged men is wisdom, and in length of days understanding.

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 12:12

    With the ancient is wisdom - Men who have lived in those primitive times, when the great facts of nature were recent, such as the creation, fall, flood, confusion of tongues, migration of families, and consequent settlement of nations, had much knowledge from those facts; and their length of days - the many hundreds of years to which they lived, gave them such an opportunity of accumulating wisdom by experience, that they are deservedly considered as oracles.

    Barnes' Notes on Job 12:12

    With the ancient is wisdom - With the aged. The word ישׁישׁ yâshı̂ysh used here, means an old man, one gray-headed. It is used chiefly in poetry, and is commonly employed in the sense of one who is decrepit by age. It is rendered "very aged" in Job 15:10; "him that stooped for age." 2 Chronicles 36:17; "very old," Job 32:6; and "the aged," Job 29:8 The Septuagint renders it, Ἐν πολλῷ χρόνῳ En pollō chronō "in much time." The sense is, that wisdom might be expected to be found with the man who had had a long opportunity to observe the course of events; who had conversed with a former generation, and who had had time for personal reflection. This was in accordance with the ancient Oriental views, where knowledge was imparted mainly by tradition, and where wisdom depended much on the opportunity of personal observation; compare Job 32:7.

    Wesley's Notes on Job 12:12

    12:12 Wisdom - These words contain a concession of what Bildad had said, chap.8:8,9, and a joining with him in that appeal; but withal, an intimation that this wisdom was but imperfect, and liable to many mistakes; and indeed mere ignorance and folly, if compared with the Divine wisdom, and therefore that antiquity ought not to be received against the truths of the most wise God.
    Book: Job