Job 26

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Job Replies: God's Majesty Is Unsearchable

1 Then Job answered and said:
2 "How you have 1helped him who has no power! How you have saved 2the arm that has no strength!
3 How you have 3counseled him who has no wisdom, and plentifully declared sound knowledge!
4 With whose help have you uttered words, and whose breath 4has come out from you?
5 The 5dead tremble under the waters and their inhabitants.
6 Sheol is 6naked before God,[a] and 7Abaddon has no covering.
7 He 8stretches out the north over 9the void and hangs the earth on nothing.
8 He 10binds up the waters in his thick clouds, and the cloud is not split open under them.
9 He covers the face of the full moon[b] and 11spreads over it his cloud.
10 He has inscribed 12a circle on the face of the waters at the boundary between light and darkness.
11 13The pillars of heaven tremble and are astounded at his 14rebuke.
12 By his power he 15stilled the sea; by his understanding he shattered 16Rahab.
13 17By his wind the heavens were made fair; his hand pierced 18the fleeing serpent.
14 Behold, these are but the outskirts of his 19ways, and how small 20a whisper do we hear of him! But the thunder of his power who can understand?"

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.

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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.

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