19 God is not human,(A) that he should lie,(B)
    not a human being, that he should change his mind.(C)
Does he speak and then not act?
    Does he promise(D) and not fulfill?

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12 I will do what you have asked.(A) I will give you a wise(B) and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be.

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But it is the spirit[a](A) in a person,
    the breath of the Almighty,(B) that gives them understanding.(C)

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Footnotes

  1. Job 32:8 Or Spirit; also in verse 18

36 Who gives the ibis wisdom[a](A)
    or gives the rooster understanding?[b](B)

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Footnotes

  1. Job 38:36 That is, wisdom about the flooding of the Nile
  2. Job 38:36 That is, understanding of when to crow; the meaning of the Hebrew for this verse is uncertain.

For the Lord gives wisdom;(A)
    from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.(B)

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13 Who can fathom the Spirit[a](A) of the Lord,
    or instruct the Lord as his counselor?(B)
14 Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten him,
    and who taught him the right way?
Who was it that taught him knowledge,(C)
    or showed him the path of understanding?(D)

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 40:13 Or mind

17 To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding(A) of all kinds of literature and learning.(B) And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.(C)

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