Doth not the ear try words, even as the palate tasteth its food?
Is wisdom with aged men, and understanding in length of days?--
With Him is wisdom and might; He hath counsel and understanding.
Behold, He breaketh down, and it cannot be built again; He shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.
Behold, He withholdeth the waters, and they dry up; also He sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.
With Him is strength and sound wisdom; the deceived and the deceiver are His.
He leadeth counsellors away stripped, and judges maketh He fools.
He looseth the bond of kings, and bindeth their loins with a girdle.
He leadeth priests away stripped, and overthroweth the mighty.
He removeth the speech of men of trust, and taketh away the sense of the elders.
He poureth contempt upon princes, and looseth the belt of the strong.
He uncovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth out to light the shadow of death.
He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them; He enlargeth the nations, and leadeth them away.
He taketh away the heart of the chiefs of the people of the land, and causeth them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way.
They grope in the dark without light, and He maketh them to stagger like a drunken man.