GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point Johannine Writings But these mighty structures – which seem to be utterly immovable – have a certain reaction. -------------------- 26. And now Job’s mind shifts to consider the ocean – and in particular, the way that light and darkness meet there. Now, I’m taking the “pillars of heaven” to be speaking of mountains – as if the mountains are so tall that they appear to hold the heavens – the sky – up [H. H. Rowley (Job [NCBC], 173)]. First, it’s parallel to the reference to dead things or people in the first line of verse 5. 3 How you have counseled one who has no wisdom, and given much good advice! and whose spirit [came from/was expressed through/has come forth from the mouth of] thee? And so, perhaps Job is saying that God’s throne is up in the heavens and then sometimes God in his wisdom covers the heavens – where his throne is – and thereby he covers that throne. General Epistles And then Job moves on from considering the sea to once again considering the sky. Poetical Books Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary. How have you saved the arm that has no strength? The New Testament It can also have a calming effect. 28. Well, Job continues with his sarcastic statements in verse 3. And to have Job basically extol his words would be unexpected, to say the least. 3 How hast thou counselled him that hath no wisdom? In fact, there’s some thought that this might be referring to Leviathan (W. F. Albright, Yahweh and the Gods of Canaan; idem, BASOR 53 [1941]: 39.). Historical Books This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. Pentateuch 2, 3. without power … no strength … no wisdom—The negatives are used instead of the positives, powerlessness, &c., designedly (so Isa 31:8; De 32:21). But instead of helping and saving Job, Bildad’s speech did nothing of the sort. And that’s how Job ends his initial volley of responses to Bildad’s short and unhelpful speech. But at the same time, God uses his understanding to strike the proud. Under what circumstances? 13 By his [spirit/breath] he hath [garnished/cleared/made fair] the [heavens/skies]; Matthew Poole's Commentary. His counsel was worthless. Join our millions of annual website users who choose to dig deeper into God’s Word with Blue Letter Bible! how savest thou the arm that hath no strength? And so, Job begins his response to Bildad’s last speech with biting sarcasm that’s meant to inform Bildad that his words were no help whatsoever to him. Update. So, let’s think of what would cause a mighty mountain to tremble – to move back and forth… How about an earthquake? 3 How have you counseled one who has no wisdom? THIRD SERIES. Now, when the KJV says “divideth” in verse 12 – we also need to recognize that that word is used elsewhere in the KJV as “rest” (5x) and “ease” (1x). And, we also need to note that Job’s not asking questions here – like how did you do that? Study the bible online using commentary on Job 26 and more! Please see Blue Letter Bible's Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. The New Testament And imagine that the Sun is shining on this globe. 7 [He/God] [stretcheth/spreads] out the [north/northern skies] over [the empty place/empty space], Prophets -------------------- Blue Letter Bible is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. And so, for the rest of this chapter, Job starts to speak wisdom as he knows it. So, God fills clouds with rain in his wisdom and in his wisdom, he doesn’t let the weight of the rain burst the clouds. Because no one’s ultimately innocent. God’s wisdom is not just bent on calming things and it’s not focused solely on destroying things. 5-14. So, once again, the first line of this verse is fairly straightforward and the second line leaves us scratching our heads. Our Price: $10.99 Save: $7.00 (39%) Buy Now. And in Job 26:12-13 Job drew attention to God’s awe-inspiring power over the domain of Yam (the stormy sea-god).” (Smick) v. Historical Books And he’s admitting that neither he nor these friends of his really even get more than a glimpse of all of God’s ways. It’s literally laying on nothing – absolutely nothing. New Revised Standard Version Update. [but how/and how/how] [little/faint] a [portion/word/whisper] is heard of him [?/!] And I wonder if Job is responding here to Bildad’s first statement from the last chapter. But, I think we’d have to recognize that God doesn’t believe in or subscribe to mythology. The New Testament Job 26 Commentary: Sheol. There’s a boundary on that globe for light. Minor Prophets How do I know that? and how hast thou plentifully declared the thing as it is? GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select a Beginning Point 26 But Job answered and said, 2 How hast thou helped him that is without power? Pentateuch Because in this chapter he already said that the sky is hung on nothing. We have provided this method as a convenience to our users. So, God caused pain and grief and wounds to this serpent. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry. -------------------- GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, The Whole Bible So, Job doesn’t need rehashed speeches from Bildad. The Gospels The Whole Bible And so, Job was just considering those below and under. Adam Clarke's Bible Commentary. And when the light stops, what begins? Learn how your comment data is processed. He’s thought through his situation and his theology. Study Job 25 using Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise) to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. New King James Version. The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. Simple enough. And as a last-ditch effort, Bildad as the final speaker for the friends throws out the idea that it’s just not possible to be innocent before God and so basically every punishment for sin we receive is just to be expected. The listener will try to process it like normal communication and it makes no sense – because it’s just the opposite of what the communicator really thinks. If we consider hell beneath, though out of our sight, yet we may conceive the discoveries of God's power there. And as for Bildad himself – when Job asks whose spirit came from him, I wonder if he’s getting at the fact that Bildad pretty much lifted most of what he said in chapter 25 from one of Eliphaz’s earlier speeches. He hath garnished the heavens — Adorned or beautified them with those glorious lights, the sun, moon, and stars. And there’s consensus nowadays that this word means “clearness.”. So, dead things or dead people and all creatures who are in the waters tremble before God. range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed Bildad in chapter 25 said that “fear” belongs to God – it’s owed him – he deserves people and creatures and all things to quake and tremble before him. Because – despite all appearance from here on earth – clouds are not at all solid. 6. He hath compassed the waters with bounds] Decreto circinavit superficiem aquarum (Tremel.). Store; Bibles; Deals; More; Take a Tour. 4 To whom hast thou uttered words? And Job starts to speak of God’s awesome ways in verse 5 by noting how even the dead tremble before God. Retail: $17.99. But Job says that in God’s case, he hangs the earth on absolutely nothing. And of course, Job truly means none of this. and the cloud [is not rent/does not burst] [under/with the weight of] them. [thereby shrouding it...]. -------------------- But then Job wants to give a contrast to that picture. But now in verse 7 he changes the direction of his thinking to those things that are above. But here’s what I’m getting at. How does this happen? That word “formed” is translated elsewhere in the KJV as “pain” (6x), “pained” (4x), “grieve” (2x), and “wounded” (2x). And that should remind us of the message of this book – when we can’t understand God’s ways, we must trust his wisdom. General Epistles It wore me out. Now, that word “proud” is the Hebrew word Rachab. General Epistles Prophets Yes, God calms the sea with his power. No, this Rachab is apparently a mythological sea monster – in addition to being the word to label people as “proud.”. Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary. But then we’re told that God formed the crooked serpent. 13:2), "What you know, the same do I know also.’’ I. and by his [understanding/wisdom] he [smiteth through/shattered/cut to pieces] [the proud/Rahab/the great sea monster]. If the Sun is on the left side of the globe, then the right side will be dark. and [destruction/Abaddon/the place of destruction] [hath no covering/lies uncovered]. “Rahab” seems to be widely used to describe various things that wreak havoc. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry. [under/those beneath] the waters, and [the inhabitants thereof/all that live in them]. At Chapter 26 the dialogue grinds to a halt, and from there to the end of Chapter 31 Job holds forth alone in a long and loose-jointed presentation… Finally in this list… there is the odd case of Elihu, the brand-new character introduced near the end of the book, who delivers what many readers feel to be the most long-winded, boring, and irrelevant discourse of all.” (Mason) GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point and whose spirit came from thee? And he does this with his power. Bad Advertisement? Study This × Bible Gateway Plus. David Guzik is a pastor, Bible teacher, and author of a widely used Bible commentary.Millions of people use David’s online Bible commentary on sites such as Enduring Word and Blue Letter Bible.David’s “statement of faith” (explanation of beliefs regarding Christian doctrine) can be seen here. 11 The pillars of heaven tremble The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, Chapter 26. -------------------- So, Job wants Bildad to think both about who Job is and about who Bildad is. Study Notes on Job Page #6 Notes to the Reader To save space and for other reasons, I have chosen not to include the Bible text in these notes (please use your Bible to follow along). Your email address will not be published. Share this page using one of these tools: Email / username or password was incorrect! He takes the blanket that is the northern skies poetically – and he stretches it out alright – but he doesn’t need anything to lay it on. But that’s the force of sarcasm. I learned this lesson when I worked for Pepsi over a summer while I was in college at UW-Whitewater. Our Price: $9.99 Save: $10.00 (50%) Buy Now. Wisdom Literature He’s made that clear throughout this book as he’s been trying to defend himself against the accusation of his friends that he’s secretly wicked. Luke-Acts And I wonder if you’ve ever noticed how heavy liquid really is. 10 He [hath compassed the waters with bounds/has inscribed a circle on the surface of the waters/marks out the horizon on the surface of the waters], When she lifts herself on high, She scorns the horse and its rider.” a. I think that’s it. And surely Bildad knew that Job was not pleased with what he said in the last chapter. the Blue Letter Bible. And what’s so interesting is that Job speaks of God’s ways. And this is a contrast to the first line. John Trapp Complete Commentary. And Job is now saying – That’s right! But also, God uses clouds to hold back the face of his throne. in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry. Try Bible Gateway Plus free for 30 days. The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. will open other resources that you might not otherwise be aware of, and even more importantly, is started from reading And – truth be told – we don’t understand it and never will fully. The New Testament How you have assisted the arm that has no strength! GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select a Beginning Point Job 26 Commentary: Have you ever been party to an argument in which both people are making the same points – but somehow amazingly both are in disagreement? And how have you declared sound advice to many? Johannine Writings So, it could be that Job is talking about God shattering or cutting to pieces or smiting through this mythological sea monster. The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. Pentateuch Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a Verses 1-4 Job derided Bildad's answer; his words were a mixture of peevishness and self-preference. But have you ever thought of how much rain comes down in a typical storm? God did! Passwords should have at least 6 characters. This crooked serpent is perhaps a sea monster. He’s getting there. And we’re going to see Job being very frustrated in chapter 26 partly because he and Bildad basically see eye-to-eye on the matter of God’s power. I was amazed at how much strength it took to lift those 2-liter bottles of soda! Prophets That’s their boundary. We might not understand his ways, but we must trust his wisdom. Major Prophets Read Job 26 commentary using Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible. Job reproves Bildad. And so, I think that Job is implicitly advocating some measure of humility here. But usually when you hang something – a picture or clothing – you have something to hang them on. Note: MLA no longer requires the URL as part of their citation standard. conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy Bildad plentifully declared the thing as it is. General Epistles But then that second line. Major Prophets The Gospels Pauline Epistles Job sees and praises God’s wisdom all around him in nature. The most useful method would be to go to the section of Scripture that you are interested in, of Scripture. And so we’ll see Job next time continue speaking – and he’ll start with defending his righteousness and integrity. 14 Indeed these are the mere edges of His ways, And how small a whisper we hear of Him! 26 Then Job answered: 2 “How you have helped one who has no power! Job 22:28 Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.. Ver. So let’s turn our attention to Job 26. Job, then, demonstrated God’s authority over the domain of Mot (the god of death) in Job 26:5-6 and over the domain of Baal (the cosmic storm god in Job 26:7-10 ). and are [astonished/amazed] at his [reproof/rebuke]. Job is getting to this point where he will trust God’s wisdom. If we look up to heaven above, we see displays of … Individual instructors or editors may still require the use of URLs. KJV Job 26:1 [But/Then] Job [answered and said/responded/replied], 2 [How hast thou helped/What a help you are to/How you have helped] [him that is without power/the weak/the powerless] [?/!] 4 To whom have you uttered words? and selecting the button for a complete list of all commentaries and resources related to that Scripture. 6 [Hell/Sheol/The underworld] is naked before [him/God], and [destruction/Abaddon/the place of destruction] [hath no covering/lies uncovered]. And finally, Job ends this chapter with an admission that though he’s spoken of several areas of God’s ways that display his awesome wisdom – Job knows that he hasn’t even scratched the surface! Job 26 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the Pastor of the Fifth Streek Church of Christ, has edified Christians for years. Minor Prophets -------------------- Pauline Epistles A verification email has been sent to the address you provided. Cookie Notice: So, God is so awesomely powerful that he can bring about a natural disaster which makes one of the mightiest features of this earth – a mountain – to tremble. However, we do not feel this is the best method for using And since so much of this world is water, often this boundary line is found right there – on the waters. The wings of the os… Job acknowledges the power of God. -------------------- Job 26 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, written by 29 eminent scholars, is one of the most-recognized standards of expository commentaries But even if he is – he’s telling these friends of his that God can kill this kind of monster if it even existed. But of course, the Sun can’t be shining everywhere on that globe at once – right? We can only marvel at this God who is so wise and powerful. But at the same time, God can do violent actions – like wound this serpent – whatever it is. John Trapp Complete Commentary. So, Job is poetically portraying what it seems like the mountains do – hold up the heavens. As for Job – we know he’s righteous. They’re basically floating water vapor. His real feelings concerning Bildad’s speech are just the opposite. 14 [Lo/Behold/Indeed], these are [parts/the fringes/the outer fringes] of his ways: It’s enough to flood mighty rivers! And so now, Job wants to show them that he’s not ignorant of at least some of the ways that God works in this creation. Where light ends and darkness begins – and vice versa – that’s a boundary. As before in the ninth and twelfth chapters, Job had shown himself not inferior to the friends' inability to describe God's greatness, so now he describes it as manifested in hell (the world of the dead), Job 26:5, 6; on earth, Job 26:7; in the sky, Job 26:8-11; the sea, Job 26:12; the heavens, Job 26:13. That the ground on which you live and rely on is anchored to absolutely nothing that’s visible or apparent in any way. [until the day and night come to an end/at (or as) the bounday of (or between) light and darkness]. destruction—the abode of destruction, that is, of lost souls. 9 He [holdeth back/obscures/conceals] the face of [his throne/the full moon], And in that speech, Bildad basically pointed to God’s power and to the inability of a person like Job to be viewed as righteous by God. Bildad ought to have laid before Job the consolations, rather than the terrors of the Almighty. And in this chapter, Job is responding to the last short speech by his friend Bildad. Historical Books The reference to those beneath the waters is probably to dead people for two reasons. Luke-Acts the Word of God, in accordance with, In addition to these text commentaries, you can review the available, David Guzik :: Génesis 14 – Abram Rescata a Lot y Conoce a Melquisedec, G1 - alpha - Strong's Greek Lexicon (KJV), David Guzik :: Hechos 9 – La Conversión de Saulo de Tarso, David Guzik :: 1 Corintios 7 – Principios Sobre el Matrimonio y la Soltería, A Summary of Each Bible Book - Study Resources, Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Matthew 7:6, David Guzik :: Génesis 3 – La tentación y caída del hombre, Jehovah's Witnesses, Jesus and the Holy Trinity (Walter Martin), Genesis 24-26 (1979-82 Audio) (Chuck Smith), Genesis 21-23 (1979-82 Audio) (Chuck Smith), Genesis 15-18 (1979-82 Audio) (Chuck Smith), Sermon on the Mount Part 1 (Chuck Missler), Genesis 1:9-31 (1979-82 Audio) (Chuck Smith). And so, Job keeps his focus upward in verse 8. 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