Job 26 NIV


1 Then Job replied:

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      2 "How you have helped the powerless!1 How you have saved the arm that is feeble!2

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      3 What advice you have offered to one without wisdom! And what great insight3 you have displayed!

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      4 Who has helped you utter these words? And whose spirit spoke from your mouth?4

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      5 "The dead are in deep anguish,5 those beneath the waters and all that live in them.

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      6 Deatha6 is naked before God; Destructionb7 lies uncovered.8

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        • a 26:6 - Hebrew "Sheol"
        • b 26:6 - Hebrew "Abaddon"
          7 He spreads out the northern [skies]9 over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing.10

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          8 He wraps up the waters11 in his clouds,12 yet the clouds do not burst under their weight.

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          9 He covers the face of the full moon, spreading his clouds13 over it.

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          10 He marks out the horizon on the face of the waters14 for a boundary between light and darkness.15

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          11 The pillars of the heavens quake,16 aghast at his rebuke.

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          12 By his power he churned up the sea;17 by his wisdom18 he cut Rahab19 to pieces.

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          13 By his breath the skies20 became fair; his hand pierced the gliding serpent.21

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          14 And these are but the outer fringe of his works; how faint the whisper22 we hear of him!23 Who then can understand the thunder of his power?"24

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