Job 12:12

NET ©

Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?

NIV ©

Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?

NASB ©

"Wisdom is with aged men, With long life is understanding.

NLT ©

Wisdom belongs to the aged, and understanding to those who have lived many years.

MSG ©

Do you think the elderly have a corner on wisdom, that you have to grow old before you understand life?

BBE ©

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

NRSV ©

Is wisdom with the aged, and understanding in length of days?

NKJV ©

Wisdom is with aged men, And with length of days, understanding.

KJV
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HEBREW
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NET © [draft] ITL
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NET © Notes

tn The statement in the Hebrew Bible simply has “among the aged – wisdom.” Since this seems to be more the idea of the friends than of Job, scholars have variously tried to rearrange it. Some have proposed that Job is citing his friends: “With the old men, you say, is wisdom” (Budde, Gray, Hitzig). Others have simply made it a question (Weiser). But others take לֹא (lo’) from the previous verse and make it the negative here, to say, “wisdom is not….” But Job will draw on the wisdom of the aged, only with discernment, for ultimately all wisdom is with God.