Job 26:12-13

12 By his power he churned up the sea; by his wisdom he cut Rahab to pieces.
13 By his breath the skies became fair; his hand pierced the gliding serpent.

Job 26:12 in Other Translations

KJV
12 He divideth the sea with his power, and by his understanding he smiteth through the proud.
ESV
12 By his power he stilled the sea; by his understanding he shattered Rahab.
NLT
12 By his power the sea grew calm. By his skill he crushed the great sea monster.
MSG
12 By his power he stills sea storms, by his wisdom he tames sea monsters.
CSB
12 By His power He stirred the sea, and by His understanding He crushed Rahab.

Job 26:12-13 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO JOB 26

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 26:12-13 In-Context

10 He marks out the horizon on the face of the waters for a boundary between light and darkness.
11 The pillars of the heavens quake, aghast at his rebuke.
12 By his power he churned up the sea; by his wisdom he cut Rahab to pieces.
13 By his breath the skies became fair; his hand pierced the gliding serpent.
14 And these are but the outer fringe of his works; how faint the whisper we hear of him! Who then can understand the thunder of his power?”

Cross References 5

  • 1. S Exodus 14:21; Isaiah 51:15; Jeremiah 31:35
  • 2. Job 12:13
  • 3. S Job 9:13
  • 4. Job 9:8
  • 5. Isaiah 27:1
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