Job 26
 Job acknowledges God's supremacy
The chapter is the first of a discourse which continues through chapter 31
 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?
  Job answered Job didn't seem to comment on Bildad's brief statements, and yet he continues the atmosphere of praise to God with a prayer.
  How hast thou helped him .. without power? Job seems a little bitter and to feel those without power and wisdom are only his friends.
 4 To whom hast thou uttered words? and whose spirit came from thee?   To whom? Did Job think it was only to him? He may have been largely right but did he think the spirits or breath of his friends came from somewhere else?
.5 ¶ Dead things are formed from under the waters, and the inhabitants thereof.   Dead things From Hebrew repha'im. It has several meanings in the Bible (1) An ancient race of giants ge1405, de0211, de0220, de0311, jos1715, (2) A valley outside of Jerusalem, jos1508, 2sa0518, 1ch1115, is1705, and (3) dead people ps08810, pr0918, pr2116, is1409, is2614, is2619. These at first seem too diverse for definitions of one word. However, the the extinct race of giants fittingly represents dead people. The valley was called the Valley of the Giants connecting it to dead people. So the three are in harmony.
.6 Hell is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering.   Buried does not mean God can't see them. Mr. Post competed with W.K. Kellogg in the US cereal industry during the late 1900s and became wealthy. His tomb, however is covered with a four-foot slab of concrete. I don't think he wanted to be resurrected.
 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.
  Empty space ... hangeth ... nothing Accurate beyond the apparent knowledge of Job (or Moses who is thought to have been the author). Significant constellations in the book are seen from the Northern Hemisphere.
 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.
  11 - Pillars The northern mountains appeared to hold up the heavens.
  12 - He divideth From raga'. may mean "to disturb" or "to be at rest." Both may picture control. Moses likely wrote the book while in Midian. He would later disturb the sea at the Lord's command and then put it at rest to stop the Egyptian army ex1421-26. It's also possible that the book was written after the event.
.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?
Little a portion Literally "whisper of a word." It was true then and still is now! Praise God.



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