And he implies that there are times in which humans just can’t understand God’s ways. General Epistles I think that’s it. The New Testament Hell, as this word is frequently used, as Job 11:8 Isaiah 57:9, &c. And so it seems to be explained by the following word, destruction, i.e. 8 He [bindeth up/wraps up/locks] the waters in his thick clouds; Bildad’s whole point in chapter 25 seemed to be that no one can possibly be righteous in God’s estimation. And the fact that Job speaks of this as if it were a historical event makes some believe that here again he’s speaking of some pagan myth. 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. Our website uses cookies to store user preferences. “Rahab” seems to be widely used to describe various things that wreak havoc. So let’s turn our attention to Job 26. So, picture the globe in your mind. She treats her young harshly, as though they were not hers; Her labor is in vain, without concern, Because God deprived her of wisdom, And did not endow her with understanding. Share this page using one of these tools: Email / username or password was incorrect! Job 26:1-14. And, we also need to note that Job’s not asking questions here – like how did you do that? 28. And this is a contrast to the first line. But at the same time, God uses his understanding to strike the proud. Historical Books 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? God in his awesome wisdom made it so that this kind of thing happens on the face of this world. And that should remind us of the message of this book – when we can’t understand God’s ways, we must trust his wisdom. [but how/and how/how] [little/faint] a [portion/word/whisper] is heard of him [?/!] conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy The Old Testament When God reproves or rebukes them. He’s not tricked by myths. Thank you for registering. That’s their boundary. Job 26:6 King James Version ... KJV, Thinline Bible, Standard Print, Imitation Leather, Black, Red Letter Edition. So, Job doesn’t need rehashed speeches from Bildad. Job sees and praises God’s wisdom all around him in nature. The Gospels KJV, Thinline Bible, Compact, Imitation Leather, Burgundy . And that is that the word translated as “throne” is very similar to the word for “moon.” And in that case, this phrase still makes sense. And imagine that the Sun is shining on this globe. Bad Advertisement? “Smiteth through the proud” (compare 7:12; 9:13; 26:13). 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], Study the bible online using commentary on Job 26 and more! Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary. Johannine Writings And I wonder if Job is responding here to Bildad’s first statement from the last chapter. Learn how your comment data is processed. 13:2), "What you know, the same do I know also.’’ I. Amazing. If we look about us, to the earth and waters here below, we see his almighty power. 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By his Spirit — Either, 1st, By his divine virtue or power, called his Spirit, Zechariah 4:6; Matthew 12:28.Or, 2d, By his Holy Spirit, to which the creation of the world is ascribed, Genesis 1:2; Job 33:4. 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! Pauline Epistles And so, Job was just considering those below and under. So…holding water within… water? and selecting the button for a complete list of all commentaries and resources related to that Scripture. That the ground on which you live and rely on is anchored to absolutely nothing that’s visible or apparent in any way. It’s enough to flood mighty rivers! 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. Upgrade to the best Bible Gateway experience! But Job says that in God’s case, he hangs the earth on absolutely nothing. and are [astonished/amazed] at his [reproof/rebuke]. 12 He [divideth/quieted/stills] the sea [with/by] his power, The Gospels Job has done nothing to prompt God to bring this supposed punishment on him – except for being what Bildad says is impossible for man to be – righteous before God. He has another purpose for them, according to verse 9. 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. 4 To whom hast thou uttered words? But then we’re told that God formed the crooked serpent. And in this chapter, Job is responding to the last short speech by his friend Bildad. So, Job is poetically portraying what it seems like the mountains do – hold up the heavens. He’s not one to whom Bildad should feel obliged to utter simplistic and unhelpful sayings. But before he gets to that, Job wants to express his utter disgust for his friend’s unhelpful speech to him in the last chapter. If we consider hell beneath, though out of our sight, yet we may conceive the discoveries of God's power there. And to have Job basically extol his words would be unexpected, to say the least. General Epistles OK, but what is the “it” that God is spreading his cloud upon? Pentateuch Pauline Epistles God is nuanced in his use of his own understanding and power. 1 But Job answered and said: 2 “How have you helped him who is without power? New King James Version (NKJV) Bible Book List. 4 To whom hast thou uttered words? Luke-Acts -------------------- But at the same time, God can do violent actions – like wound this serpent – whatever it is. He needs to be helped. But also, God uses clouds to hold back the face of his throne. destruction—the abode of destruction, that is, of lost souls. 10. God said so in the first two chapters of this book. 14 [Lo/Behold/Indeed], these are [parts/the fringes/the outer fringes] of his ways: (Job 38:17; Ps 139:8; Pr 5:11). Job 26 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary by Albert Barnes, a dedicated student of the Bible, continues to be very popular even today. the Blue Letter Bible. And what’s so interesting is that Job speaks of God’s ways. 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. Note: MLA no longer requires the URL as part of their citation standard. But if you’re going to spread a blanket out you need to have something to lay it on. And so, Job keeps his focus upward in verse 8. Verses 1-4 Job derided Bildad's answer; his words were a mixture of peevishness and self-preference. 26 Then Job answered: 2 “How you have helped one who has no power! He’s receiving bad from God for absolutely no cause that he’s aware of. and whose spirit [came from/was expressed through/has come forth from the mouth of] thee? Darkness. But he has yet to show an ability to see and praise God’s wisdom in his own circumstance. Job 26 Commentary: Sheol. And as an example, he ends the chapter with a mention of thunder – like how does that even work?! And yet, how does God – in his awesome wisdom – choose to hold that heavy abundant rain until he’s ready for it to fall? [and how hast thou plentifully declared the thing as it is/what helpful insight you have abundantly provided] [?/!]. How did this come to be? The word behind “holdeth back” is also used by the KJV to mean “enclose.” So, God encloses something with his clouds. Blue Letter Bible offers several daily devotional readings in order to help you refocus on Christ and the Gospel of His peace and righteousness. God’s wisdom is not just bent on calming things and it’s not focused solely on destroying things. 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. And since so much of this world is water, often this boundary line is found right there – on the waters. John Trapp Complete Commentary. So, those things that are so fearful to mortal men – those things actually fear God. He hath as it were with a pair of compasses drawn a circle about the sea, that it may not pass to drown the earth. 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. 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Read Job 26 commentary using Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible. Bildad plentifully declared the thing as it is. And that’s what Job is talking about. Job 26:14. Luke-Acts He needs to be saved – rescued – delivered from his problems. 3 How you have counseled one who has no wisdom, and given much good advice! Your email address will not be published. Historical Books Study Job 25 using Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise) to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. 6 [Hell/Sheol/The underworld] is naked before [him/God], It can also have a calming effect. It goes so far and then it stops. Because no one’s ultimately innocent. Your email address will not be published. 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GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, The Whole Bible The KJV makes sense when it communicates that God smites through the proud. But this isn’t God speaking here – it’s Job – who was not an Israelite and who – as we’ve seen already – had some flawed ideas in other areas of life. Yes, God calms the sea with his power. 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. Commentaries, history books, and more are linked to this page . GodRules Store: Bargains; New Releases; Best Sellers ; Your Own Online Business News/Reviews: World News ; Movie Reviews ; Book Search Are you a Christian? It’s God who made this so. 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 ). I agree with you on that point! He also calms and stills with his wisdom. And he does this with his power. And it’s not just the sky that God so easily manipulates in amazing ways. Minor Prophets And from there, it seems that Job goes on to discuss the effect that earthquakes have on mountains. Blue Letter Bible is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. [how savest thou/How you have saved] [the arm/the person] that hath no strength [?/!]. And that’s how Job ends his initial volley of responses to Bildad’s short and unhelpful speech. If the Sun is on the left side of the globe, then the right side will be dark. The New Testament But these mighty structures – which seem to be utterly immovable – have a certain reaction. 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. And so, I think that Job is implicitly advocating some measure of humility here. Poetical Books Job 26. Poetical Books God’s power doesn’t simply cause panic and dread. No, this Rachab is apparently a mythological sea monster – in addition to being the word to label people as “proud.”. and how hast thou plentifully declared the thing as it is? 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] [?/!] 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. Who decided that it should be this way? Job's Reply. Matthew Poole's Commentary. They tremble. God clears the skies with his breath. Wisdom Literature God spreads clouds over the moon so that we can’t see it. So, it could be that Job is talking about God shattering or cutting to pieces or smiting through this mythological sea monster. And God doesn’t use clouds only to hold rain. And second, Job continues in verse 6 to speak of the place of the dead – Sheol. 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. Now, we need to realize that two words in that line seem to have another possible meaning. So, dead things or dead people and all creatures who are in the waters tremble before God. And Job starts to speak of God’s awesome ways in verse 5 by noting how even the dead tremble before God. We might not understand his ways, but we must trust his wisdom. but [the thunder of his power/his mighty thunder] who can understand? How you have assisted the arm that has no strength! [under/those beneath] the waters, and [the inhabitants thereof/all that live in them]. 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. Major Prophets John 3:16, Jesus faith love), The Whole Bible For she leaves her eggs on the ground, And warms them in the dust; She forgets that a foot may crush them, Or that a wild beast may break them. Pentateuch Try Bible Gateway Plus free for 30 days. 3 How have you counseled one who has no wisdom? Retail: $17.99. The Old Testament This crooked serpent is perhaps a sea monster. As for Job – we know he’s righteous. But even if he is – he’s telling these friends of his that God can kill this kind of monster if it even existed. 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