Job 26

Job Rebukes Bildad

26 Then Job responded,

“What a help you are to [a]the weak!
You have saved the arm without strength!
What advice you have given to one without wisdom!
What helpful insight you have abundantly [b]provided!
To whom have you uttered words?
And whose [c]spirit was expressed through you?

The Greatness of God

“The [d]departed spirits are made to tremble
Under the waters and their inhabitants.
[e]Sheol is naked before Him,
And [f]Abaddon has no covering.
He stretches out the north over empty space
And hangs the earth on nothing.
He wraps up the waters in His clouds,
And the cloud does not burst under them.
He [g]obscures the face of the [h]full moon
And spreads His cloud over it.
10 He has inscribed a circle on the surface of the waters
At the boundary of light and darkness.
11 The pillars of heaven tremble
And are amazed at His rebuke.
12 With His power He quieted the sea,
And by His understanding He shattered [i]Rahab.
13 By His breath the heavens are [j]cleared;
His hand has pierced the fleeing serpent.
14 Behold, these are the fringes of His ways;
And how faint a word we hear of Him!
But His mighty thunder, who can understand?”


  1. Job 26:2 Lit no strength
  2. Job 26:3 Lit made known
  3. Job 26:4 Lit breath has gone forth
  4. Job 26:5 Or shades; Heb Rephaim
  5. Job 26:6 I.e., the netherworld
  6. Job 26:6 I.e., the place of destruction
  7. Job 26:9 Lit covers
  8. Job 26:9 Or throne
  9. Job 26:12 I.e., a sea monster, not to be confused with Rahab in Joshua 2
  10. Job 26:13 Lit beauty