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Job 25

Bildad Speaks: Man Cannot Be Righteous

1Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:

2“Dominion and fear are with God;1

he makes peace in his high heaven.

3Is there any number to his armies?

Upon whom does his light not arise?

4How then can man be in the right before God?

How can he who is born of woman be pure?

5Behold, even the moon is not bright,

and the stars are not pure in his eyes;

6how much less man, who is a maggot,

and the son of man, who is a worm!”

Footnotes

  • 1 25:2 Hebrew him

Job 26

Job Replies: God's Majesty Is Unsearchable

1Then Job answered and said:

2“How you have helped him who has no power!

How you have saved the arm that has no strength!

3How you have counseled him who has no wisdom,

and plentifully declared sound knowledge!

4With whose help have you uttered words,

and whose breath has come out from you?

5The dead tremble

under the waters and their inhabitants.

6Sheol is naked before God,1

and Abaddon has no covering.

7He stretches out the north over the void

and hangs the earth on nothing.

8He binds up the waters in his thick clouds,

and the cloud is not split open under them.

9He covers the face of the full moon2

and spreads over it his cloud.

10He has inscribed a circle on the face of the waters

at the boundary between light and darkness.

11The pillars of heaven tremble

and are astounded at his rebuke.

12By his power he stilled the sea;

by his understanding he shattered Rahab.

13By his wind the heavens were made fair;

his hand pierced the fleeing serpent.

14Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways,

and how small a whisper do we hear of him!

But the thunder of his power who can understand?”

Footnotes

  • 1 26:6 Hebrew him
  • 2 26:9 Or his throne