Job 26

1 Entonces respondió Job, y dijo:
2 ¡Qué ayuda eres para el débil! ¡Cómo has salvado al brazo sin fuerza!
3 ¡Qué consejos has dado al que no tiene sabiduría, y qué útil conocimiento has dado en abundancia!
4 ¿A quién has proferido palabras, y de quién es el espíritu que habló en ti?
5 Las sombras tiemblan bajo las aguas y sus habitantes.
6 Desnudo está el Seol ante El, y el Abadón no tiene cobertura.
7 El extiende el norte sobre el vacío, y cuelga la tierra sobre la nada.
8 Envuelve las aguas en sus nubes, y la nube no se rompe bajo ellas.
9 Oscurece la faz de la luna llena, y extiende sobre ella su nube.
10 Ha trazado un círculo sobre la superficie de las aguas, en el límite de la luz y las tinieblas.
11 Las columnas del cielo tiemblan, y se espantan ante su reprensión.
12 Al mar agitó con su poder, y a Rahab quebrantó con su entendimiento.
13 Con su soplo se limpian los cielos; su mano ha traspasado la serpiente huidiza.
14 He aquí, estos son los bordes de sus caminos; ¡y cuán leve es la palabra que de El oímos! Pero su potente trueno, ¿quién lo puede comprender?

Job 26 Commentary

Chapter 26

Job reproves Bildad. (1-4) Job acknowledges the power of God. (5-14)

Verses 1-4 Job derided Bildad's answer; his words were a mixture of peevishness and self-preference. Bildad ought to have laid before Job the consolations, rather than the terrors of the Almighty. Christ knows how to speak what is proper for the weary, ( Isaiah 50:4 ) ; and his ministers should not grieve those whom God would not have made sad. We are often disappointed in our expectations from our friends who should comfort us; but the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, never mistakes, nor fails of his end.

Verses 5-14 Many striking instances are here given of the wisdom and power of God, in the creation and preservation of the world. If we look about us, to the earth and waters here below, we see his almighty power. If we consider hell beneath, though out of our sight, yet we may conceive the discoveries of God's power there. If we look up to heaven above, we see displays of God's almighty power. By his Spirit, the eternal Spirit that moved upon the face of the waters, the breath of his mouth, ( Psalms 33:6 ) , he has not only made the heavens, but beautified them. By redemption, all the other wonderful works of the Lord are eclipsed; and we may draw near, and taste his grace, learn to love him, and walk with delight in his ways. The ground of the controversy between Job and the other disputants was, that they unjustly thought from his afflictions that he must have been guilty of heinous crimes. They appear not to have duly considered the evil and just desert of original sin; nor did they take into account the gracious designs of God in purifying his people. Job also darkened counsel by words without knowledge. But his views were more distinct. He does not appear to have alleged his personal righteousness as the ground of his hope towards God. Yet what he admitted in a general view of his case, he in effect denied, while he complained of his sufferings as unmerited and severe; that very complaint proving the necessity for their being sent, in order to his being further humbled in the sight of God.

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. I.e., lugar de destruccin

Chapter Summary


In this chapter Job, in a very sarcastic manner, rallies Bildad on the weakness and impertinence of his reply, and sets it in a very ridiculous light; showing it to be quite foolish and stupid, and not at all to the purpose, and besides was none of his own, but what he had borrowed from another, Job 26:1-4; and if it was of any avail in the controversy to speak of the greatness and majesty of God, of his perfections and attributes, of his ways and works, he could say greater and more glorious things of God than he had done, and as he does, Job 26:5-13; beginning at the lower parts of the creation, and gradually ascending to the superior and celestial ones; and concludes with observing, that, after all, it was but little that was known of God and his ways, by himself, by Bildad, or by any mortal creature, Job 26:14.

Job 26 Commentaries

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