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Job 26

Job: Who Can Understand God’s Majesty?

1 Then Job answered:

2 “How you have helped the powerless

and saved the arm that is feeble!

3 How you have counseled the unwise

and provided fully sound insight!

4 To whom have you uttered these words?

And whose spirit spoke through you?

5 The dead tremble—

those beneath the waters and those who dwell in them.

6 Sheol is naked before God,

and Abaddon a has no covering.

7 He stretches out the north over empty space;

He hangs the earth upon nothing.

8 He wraps up the waters in His clouds,

yet the clouds do not burst under their own weight.

9 He covers the face of the full moon, b 

spreading over it His cloud.

10 He has inscribed a horizon on the face of the waters

at the boundary between light and darkness.

11 The foundations of heaven quake,

astounded at His rebuke.

12 By His power He stirred c the sea;

by His understanding He shattered Rahab.

13 By His breath the skies were cleared;

His hand pierced the fleeing serpent. d 

14 Indeed, these are but the fringes of His ways;

how faint is the whisper we hear of Him!

Who then can understand

the thunder of His power?”

 

Footnotes:

6 a Abaddon means Destruction .
9 b Or of His throne
12 c Or stilled
13 d Hebrew nachash ; translated in most cases as snake

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