Job’s Ninth Speech: A Response to Bildad

1 Then Job answered and said,
2 "How you have helped {one who has no power}! [How] you have assisted [the] arm {that has no strength}!
3 How you have advised {one who has no wisdom}! And [what] sound wisdom you have made known {in abundance}!
4 {With whose help} have you uttered words, and whose breath has come forth from you?
5 "The spirits of the dead tremble below [the] waters and their inhabitants.
6 Sheol [is] naked before him, and there is no covering for Abaddon.
7 He stretches out [the] north over emptiness; [he] hangs [the] earth {over nothing}.
8 [He] ties up [the] water in its clouds, and [the] cloud is not torn open beneath it.
9 [He] covers [the] face of [the] full moon; [he] spreads his cloud over it.
10 {He has described a circle} on [the] face of [the] water {between light and darkness}.
11 "[The] pillars of heaven tremble, and they are astounded at his rebuke.
12 By his power he stilled the sea, and by his understanding he struck down Rahab.
13 By his breath {the heavens were made clear}; his hand pierced [the] fleeing snake.
14 Look, these [are] the outer fringes of his ways, and {how faint is the word} [that] we hear of him! But who can understand the thunder of his power?"