Job 26

Job Replies: God's Majesty Is Unsearchable

1 But Job answered and said:

2 "How have you helped him who is without power?
How have you saved the arm that has no strength?
3 How have you counseled one who has no wisdom?
And how have you declared sound advice to many?
4 To whom have you uttered words?
And whose spirit came from you?
5 "The dead tremble,
Those under the waters and those inhabiting them.
6 a Sheol is naked before Him,
And Destruction has no covering.
7 b He stretches out the north over empty space;
He hangs the earth on nothing.
8 c He binds up the water in His thick clouds,
Yet the clouds 1 are not broken under it.
9 He covers the face of His throne,
And spreads His cloud over it.
10 d He drew a circular horizon on the face of the waters,
At the boundary of light and darkness.
11 The pillars of heaven tremble,
And are 2 astonished at His rebuke.
12 e He stirs up the sea with His power,
And by His understanding He breaks up 3 the storm.
13 f By His Spirit He adorned the heavens;
His hand pierced g the fleeing serpent.
14 Indeed these are the mere edges of His ways,
And how small a whisper we hear of Him!
But the thunder of His power who can understand?"

  1. Cross References
    Psalms 139:8
    If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
    Proverbs 15:11
    Hell and Destruction are before the LORD; So how much more the hearts of the sons of men.
    Hebrews 4:13
    And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.
  2. Cross References
    Job 9:8
    He alone spreads out the heavens, And treads on the waves of the sea.
    Psalms 24:2
    For He has founded it upon the seas, And established it upon the waters.
    Psalms 104:2
    Who cover Yourself with light as with a garment, Who stretch out the heavens like a curtain.
  3. Cross References
    Job 37:11
    Also with moisture He saturates the thick clouds; He scatters His bright clouds.
    Proverbs 30:4
    Who has ascended into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son's name, If you know?
  4. Cross References
    Job 38:1 - 11
    Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:
    Psalms 33:7
    He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deep in storehouses.
    Psalms 104:9
    You have set a boundary that they may not pass over, That they may not return to cover the earth.
    Proverbs 8:29
    When He assigned to the sea its limit, So that the waters would not transgress His command, When He marked out the foundations of the earth.
    Jeremiah 5:22
    Do you not fear Me?' says the LORD. 'Will you not tremble at My presence, Who have placed the sand as the bound of the sea, By a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass beyond it? And though its waves toss to and fro, Yet they cannot prevail; Though they roar, yet they cannot pass over it.
  5. Cross References
    Exodus 14:21
    Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided.
    Job 9:13
    God will not withdraw His anger, The allies of the proud lie prostrate beneath Him.
    Isaiah 51:15
    But I am the LORD your God, Who divided the sea whose waves roared - The LORD of hosts is His name.
    Jeremiah 31:35
    Thus says the LORD, Who gives the sun for a light by day, The ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night, Who disturbs the sea, And its waves roar (The LORD of hosts is His name):
  6. Cross References
    Job 9:8
    He alone spreads out the heavens, And treads on the waves of the sea.
    Psalms 33:6
    By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.
  7. Cross References
    Isaiah 27:1
    In that day the LORD with His severe sword, great and strong, Will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan that twisted serpent; And He will slay the reptile that is in the sea.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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