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1 But Job answered and said,

2 How hast thou helped him that is without power? how savest thou the arm that hath no strength?

3 How hast thou counselled him that hath no wisdom? and how hast thou plentifully declared the thing as it is?

4 To whom hast thou uttered words? and whose spirit came from thee?

5 Dead things are formed from under the waters, and the inhabitants thereof.

6 Hell is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering.

7 He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.

8 He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under them.

9 He holdeth back the face of his throne, and spreadeth his cloud upon it.

10 He hath compassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end.

11 The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof.

12 He divideth the sea with his power, and by his understanding he smiteth through the proud.

13 By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent.

14 Lo, these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard of him? but the thunder of his power who can understand?

Commentary for Job 26

Job reproves Bildad. (1-4) Job acknowledges the power of God. (5-14)1-4 Job derided Bildad's answer; his words were a mixture of peevishness and self-preference. Bildad ought to have laid before Job the consolations, rather than the terrors of the Almighty. Christ knows how to speak what is proper for the weary, #Isa 50:4|; and his ministers should not grieve those whom God would not have made sad. We are often disappointed in our expectations from our friends who should comfort us; but the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, never mistakes, nor fails of his end.

5-14 Many striking instances are here given of the wisdom and power of God, in the creation and preservation of the world. If we look about us, to the earth and waters here below, we see his almighty power. If we consider hell beneath, though out of our sight, yet we may conceive the discoveries of God's power there. If we look up to heaven above, we see displays of God's almighty power. By his Spirit, the eternal Spirit that moved upon the face of the waters, the breath of his mouth, #Ps 33:6|, he has not only made the heavens, but beautified them. By redemption, all the other wonderful works of the Lord are eclipsed; and we may draw near, and taste his grace, learn to love him, and walk with delight in his ways. The ground of the controversy between Job and the other disputants was, that they unjustly thought from his afflictions that he must have been guilty of heinous crimes. They appear not to have duly considered the evil and just desert of original sin; nor did they take into account the gracious designs of God in purifying his people. Job also darkened counsel by words without knowledge. But his views were more distinct. He does not appear to have alleged his personal righteousness as the ground of his hope towards God. Yet what he admitted in a general view of his case, he in effect denied, while he complained of his sufferings as unmerited and severe; that very complaint proving the necessity for their being sent, in order to his being further humbled in the sight of God.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Job 26

  • BSP
    The words at verse 7 were written over 3,000 years before Sir Isaac Newton explained gravity.
  • Charles fiorucci
  • Anne
    Job is declaring how mighty and powerful God is and there is so much more that we do not understand.
  • Wesley's notes exclude any and all other possibilities. It is easy to believe what the literal aspect says, but the so called fallen angels, able to fly through to space and come to earth, now cannot fly anywhere for safety but drown and die as weak and helpless beings do. The Ana, maybe the inhabitants of under the earth Job is referring to, a race of beings living within the Earth, described by Sir Bulwer Lytton in his "The power of the coming race" describes an amazing experience he had while going down into a mine with his friend. He sheds a light upon the possibility that the so called "fallen angels" were in fact beings from outer space and for a reason beyond the scope of this comment ended up on earth. Furthermore, Michael Tsarion, shares on youtube many quotes from old manuscripts in which the destruction of Lucifer, sometimes called Tiamat, or Phaeton by the old Greeks, is described, a massive mostly ocean planet between Mars and Jupiter, now the asteroid field, that shone like the sun, hence the ancients description of it in Isaiah 14:12, "how art thou fallen from heaven thou Lucifer son of the morning..." so the Deluge was actually the frozen bits of Tiamat's body raining down on Earth causing worldwide floods, not God destroying everyone on Earth because of their sin. It is forbidden for a believer to open his her mind to any other possibility other than God send the floods...and wash their hands of everything else.
  • Stephende
    Moses, the author of Job is stating that perhaps life forms evolved from the black depths of the sea and emerged upon dry land as a living creature and it is God who gave it a living spirit as he does to every living thing. The is undoubtably among the greatest prose ever written so discern it from the soul as one does with poetry.
  • There is a void in space above the North Pole. It is huge it 's considered a gap between galaxies. Others have been found but none as big as the one North of us. The Earth is hanging on nothing it would seem. The pillars of the heavens are also quaking. Gravity contains vibrations going at the speed of light. Seismic readings "Quakes " are also vibrations. Gravity is the pillar of Heaven. It is quaking. The earth has no pillar to the north because it 's basically void of matter so it has no gravity to hang on. Just nothing. You can interpret things however you want that 's fine. Why don 't you want people to believe the Bible?
  • Mark verrell
    "dead things are formed from under the waters " what is this, is this speaking of fossils what came before ADAM and EVE? is this all living things "crept out of the deep " did man evolve from what came from the deep and turned to dust eons before man was created from the dust? plants and animals were completely formed at CREATION, the sun and the moon also were completely formed at CREATION I don 't know what is " dead things are formed from beneath under the waters "?
  • Mark verrell
    verse 5 "Dead things are formed from under the waters, and the inhabitants thereof " is this a reference to EVOLUTION?

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Bible Trivia

Which place is Job describing with these words: 'Dead [things] are formed from under the waters, and the inhabitants thereof.'?
  • Heaven
  • The earth when it reaches the end.
  • The world prior to the arrival of the Messiah.
  • Hell