Job 9:5-10

5 He moves mountains without their knowing it and overturns them in his anger.
6 He shakes the earth from its place and makes its pillars tremble.
7 He speaks to the sun and it does not shine; he seals off the light of the stars.
8 He alone stretches out the heavens and treads on the waves of the sea.
9 He is the Maker of the Bear[a] and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations of the south.
10 He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.

Job 9:5 in Other Translations

KJV
5 Which removeth the mountains, and they know not: which overturneth them in his anger.
ESV
5 he who removes mountains, and they know it not, when he overturns them in his anger,
NLT
5 “Without warning, he moves the mountains, overturning them in his anger.
MSG
5 He moves mountains before they know what's happened, flips them on their heads on a whim.
CSB
5 He removes mountains without their knowledge, overturning them in His anger.

Job 9:5-10 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO JOB 9

This and the following chapter contain Job's answer to Bildad, and in this he asserts the strict justice at God; which is such, that no man can be just in his sight, not being able to answer to one charge, or for one sin, of a thousand he is guilty of, Job 9:1-3; and that such are his wisdom and power, that the most daring man cannot expect to succeed in an opposition to him, Job 9:4; instances are given of his power in the works of nature and providence, Job 9:5-10; notice is taken of the imperceptibleness of his actions and motions, and of his sovereignty in all his ways, Job 9:11,12; and of his fierce wrath and anger, which is such as obliges the proudest of men to stoop under him; and therefore Job chose not to contend in a judicial way with him, but in a suppliant manner would entreat him, since his hand was so heavy upon him, Job 9:13-21; he affirms, in direct opposition to Bildad and his friends, and insists upon it, that God afflicts both the righteous and the wicked; yea, gives the earth to the latter when he slays the former, Job 9:22-24; he then observes the shortness of his days, and complains of his heavy afflictions, Job 9:25-28; and concludes, that it was in vain for him to expect his cause to be heard before God, there being no daysman between them; and wishes that the dread of the Divine Majesty might be taken from him, and then he would freely and without fear speak unto him, Job 9:29-35.

Job 9:5-10 In-Context

3 Though they wished to dispute with him, they could not answer him one time out of a thousand.
4 His wisdom is profound, his power is vast. Who has resisted him and come out unscathed?
5 He moves mountains without their knowing it and overturns them in his anger.
6 He shakes the earth from its place and makes its pillars tremble.
7 He speaks to the sun and it does not shine; he seals off the light of the stars.
8 He alone stretches out the heavens and treads on the waves of the sea.
9 He is the Maker of the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations of the south.
10 He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.
11 When he passes me, I cannot see him; when he goes by, I cannot perceive him.
12 If he snatches away, who can stop him? Who can say to him, ‘What are you doing?’

Cross References 12

  • 1. Matthew 17:20
  • 2. Psalms 18:7; Psalms 46:2-3; Isaiah 13:13; Micah 1:4
  • 3. S Exodus 19:18; Isaiah 2:21; Isaiah 13:13; Isaiah 24:18-20; Haggai 2:6; Amos 8:8; Hebrews 12:26
  • 4. S 2 Samuel 22:8; Job 26:14; Job 36:29; Job 37:4-5; Psalms 75:3; Habakkuk 3:4; Job 26:11
  • 5. Isaiah 34:4; Jeremiah 4:28; Joel 2:2,10,31; Joel 3:15; Zephaniah 1:15; Zechariah 14:6
  • 6. Isaiah 13:10; Jeremiah 4:23; Ezekiel 32:8
  • 7. S Genesis 1:1,8; S Isaiah 48:13; Genesis 1:6; Psalms 104:2-3
  • 8. Job 38:16; Psalms 77:19; Proverbs 8:28; Habakkuk 3:15; Matthew 14:25; Mark 6:48; John 6:19
  • 9. Job 32:22; Job 40:15,19
  • 10. S Genesis 1:16; Job 38:31; Amos 5:8
  • 11. Deuteronomy 6:22; Psalms 72:18; Psalms 136:4; Jeremiah 32:20; Psalms 71:15
  • 12. S Job 5:9

Footnotes 1

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