1-2What a fine help you are to me —
poor, weak man that I am!
3You give such good advice
and share your knowledge with a fool like me!
4Who do you think will hear all your words?
Who inspired you to speak like this?
[Bildad]#26.5 heading Bildad is not named in the text, but this speech is usually assigned to him.
5The spirits of the dead tremble
in the waters under the earth.
6The world of the dead lies open to God;
no covering shields it from his sight.
7God stretched out the northern sky
and hung the earth in empty space.
8It is God who fills the clouds with water
and keeps them from bursting with the weight.
9He hides the full moon behind a cloud.
10He divided light from darkness
by a circle drawn on the face of the sea.
11When he threatens the pillars that hold up the sky,
they shake and tremble with fear.
12It is his strength that conquered the sea;#26.12 conquered the sea: A reference to an ancient story in which the sea fought against God.
by his skill he destroyed the monster Rahab.#26.12 Rahab: See 9.13.
13It is his breath that made the sky clear,
and his hand that killed the escaping monster.#26.13 escaping monster: See 9.8.
14But these are only hints of his power,
only the whispers that we have heard.
Who can know how truly great God is?