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Job 12:17

    Job 12:17 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    He leads counsellors away spoiled, and makes the judges fools.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    He leadeth counsellors away stripped, And judges maketh he fools.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    He takes away the wisdom of the wise guides, and makes judges foolish;

    Webster's Revision

    He leadeth counsellors away stripped, And judges maketh he fools.

    World English Bible

    He leads counselors away stripped. He makes judges fools.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    He leadeth counsellors away spoiled, and judges maketh he fools.

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 12:17

    He leadeth counsellors away spoiled - The events of war are also in his hand. It is he who gives victory; through him even the counsellors - the great men and chief men, are often led into captivity, and found among the spoils.

    And maketh the judges fools - He infatuates the judges. Does this refer to the foolish conduct of some of the Israelitish judges, such as Samson?

    Barnes' Notes on Job 12:17

    He leadeth counsellors away spoiled - Plundered or captive. That is, the counsels of wise and great men do not avail against God. Statesmen who promised themselves victory as the result of their plans he disappoints, and leads away into captivity. The object of this is to show that God is superior over all, and also that people are not dealt with in exact accordance with their character and rank. God is a sovereign, and he shows his sovereignty when defeating the counsels and purposes of the wisest of men, and overturning the plans of the mighty.

    And maketh the judges fools - He leaves them to distracted and foolish plans. He leaves them to the adoption of measures which result in their own ruin. He is a sovereign, having control over the minds of the great, and power to defeat all their counsels, and to render them infatuated. Nothing can be clearer than this. Nothing has been more frequently illustrated in the history of nations. In accordance with this belief is the well-known expression:

    Quem Deus vult perdere prius dementat.

    "Whom God purposes to destroy, he first infatuates."

    Wesley's Notes on Job 12:17

    12:17 Spoiled - The wise counsellors or statesmen, by whom the affairs of kings and kingdoms are ordered, he leadeth away as captives in triumph, being spoiled either of that wisdom which they had, or seemed to have; or of that power and dignity which they had enjoyed. Fools - By discovering their folly, and by infatuating their minds, and turning their own counsels to their ruin.
    Book: Job