Job observes, that Bildad's discourse was foreign to the matter, ver. 1 - 4.
Enlarges on the power and greatness of God, which yet are unsearchable, ver. 5 - 14.
|26:4||To whom - For whose instruction hast thou uttered these things?For mine? Dost thou think I do not know, that which the meanest persons are not unacquainted with; that God is incomparably greater and better than his creatures? Whose spirit - Who inspired thee with this profound discourse of thine?|
|26:5||Dead things - Job having censured Bildad's discourse, proceeds to shew how little he needed his information in that point. Here he shews that the power and providences of God reaches not only to the things we see, but also to the invisible parts of the world, not only to the heavens above and their inhabitants, and to men upon earth, of which Bildad discoursed, chap. 25:2 ,3, but also to such persons or things as are under the earth, or under the waters; which are out of our sight and reach; yet not out of the ken of Divine providence. These words may be understood; either, |
|26:6||Hell - Is in his presence, and under his providence. Hell itself, that place of utter darkness, is not hid from his sight.Destruction - The place of destruction.|
|26:7||North - The northern part of the heavens, which is put for the whole visible heaven, because Job and his friends lived in a northern climate. Nothing - Upon no props or pillars, but his own power and providence.|
|26:9||Holdeth - From our view, that his glory may not dazzle our sight; he covereth it with a cloud. Throne - The heaven of heavens, where he dwelleth.|
|26:11||Pillars - Perhaps the mountains which by their height and strength seem to reach and support the heavens. Astonished - When God reproveth not them, but men by them, manifesting his displeasure by thunders, or earthquakes.|
|26:14||Parts - But small parcels, the outside and visible work.Portion - Of his power and wisdom, and providence. His Power - His mighty power, is aptly compared to thunder; in regard of its irresistible force, and the terror which it causes to wicked men.|