Job 25:3

3 Can his forces be numbered? On whom does his light not rise?

Job 25:3 in Other Translations

KJV
3 Is there any number of his armies? and upon whom doth not his light arise?
ESV
3 Is there any number to his armies? Upon whom does his light not arise?
NLT
3 Who is able to count his heavenly army? Doesn’t his light shine on all the earth?
MSG
3 Can anyone count his angel armies? Is there any place where his light doesn't shine?
CSB
3 Can His troops be numbered? Does His light not shine on everyone?

Job 25:3 Meaning and Commentary

Job 25:3

Is there any number of his armies?
&c.] His armies in heaven, the heavenly host of angels, which are innumerable; there are more than twelve legions of them, thousand and ten thousand times ten thousand, employed in a military way, for the safety and preservation of the saints; see ( Genesis 32:1 Genesis 32:2 ) ( Psalms 34:7 ) ; and the sun, moon, and stars, often called the host of heaven, the latter of which cannot be numbered, and which fought in their courses against Sisera, ( Judges 5:20 ) ; and his armies on earth, all the inhabitants of it; yea, every creature, even the smallest insect in it, which are without number: thus, frogs, lice, flies, and locusts, were the armies of God, with which he fought against Pharaoh and the Egyptians, see ( Joel 2:11 Joel 2:20 ) ;

and upon whom doth not his light arise?
either natural light, that grand luminary the sun, which rises on all, the evil and the good, nor is anything hid from the light and heat of it; or moral light, the light of nature, with which everyone that comes into the world is enlightened by him; or the light of providential goodness, which is unto all, and over all his creatures; the whole earth is full of it, and all the inhabitants have a share in it; nor is anything hid from his all piercing, all penetrating, all seeing eye, who is light itself, and dwells in light inaccessible, and from which light nothing can be hid.

Job 25:3 In-Context

1 Then Bildad the Shuhite replied:
2 “Dominion and awe belong to God; he establishes order in the heights of heaven.
3 Can his forces be numbered? On whom does his light not rise?
4 How then can a mortal be righteous before God? How can one born of woman be pure?
5 If even the moon is not bright and the stars are not pure in his eyes,

Cross References 1

  • 1. Matthew 5:45; James 1:17