Job’s Reply to Bildad1
26:1 Then Job replied:
26:2 “How you have helped2 the powerless!3
How you have saved the person who has no strength!4
26:3 How you have advised the one without wisdom,
and abundantly5 revealed your insight!
26:4 To whom6 did you utter these words?
And whose spirit has come forth from your mouth?7
A Better Description of God’s Greatness8
26:5 “The dead9 tremble10 –
those beneath the waters
and all that live in them.11
26:6 The underworld12 is naked before God;13
the place of destruction lies uncovered.14
26:7 He spreads out the northern skies15 over empty space;16
he suspends the earth on nothing.17
26:8 He locks the waters in his clouds,
and the clouds do not burst with the weight of them.
26:9 He conceals18 the face of the full moon,19
shrouding it with his clouds.
26:10 He marks out the horizon20 on the surface of the waters
as a boundary between light and darkness.
26:11 The pillars21 of the heavens tremble
and are amazed at his rebuke.22
26:12 By his power he stills23 the sea;
by his wisdom he cut Rahab the great sea monster24 to pieces.25
26:13 By his breath26 the skies became fair;
his hand pierced the fleeing serpent.27
26:14 Indeed, these are but the outer fringes of his ways!28
How faint is the whisper29 we hear of him!
But who can understand the thunder of his power?”