Amplified Bible

Job 26

Job Rebukes Bildad

1But Job answered and said,

“What a help you are to the weak (powerless)!
How you have saved the arm that is without strength!

“How you have counseled the one who has no wisdom!
And how abundantly you have provided sound wisdom and helpful insight!

“To whom have you uttered [these] words?
And whose spirit [inspired what] came forth from you?

The Greatness of God

“The spirits of the dead tremble
Underneath the waters and their inhabitants.

“Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead) is naked before God,
And Abaddon (the place of destruction) has no covering [from His eyes].

It is He who spreads out the north over emptiness
And [a]hangs the earth on nothing.

“He wraps the waters in His clouds [which otherwise would spill on earth all at once],
And the cloud does not burst under them.

“He covers the face of the [b]full moon
And spreads His cloud over it.
“He has inscribed a circular limit (the horizon) on the face of the waters
At the boundary between light and darkness.
“The pillars of the heavens tremble
And are terrified at His rebuke.
“He stirred up the sea by His power,
And by His understanding He smashed [proud] [c]Rahab.
“By His breath the heavens are cleared;
His hand has pierced the [swiftly] fleeing serpent.
“Yet these are just the fringes of His ways [mere samples of His power],
The faintest whisper of His voice!
Who can contemplate the thunder of His [full] mighty power?”


  1. Job 26:7 Job reveals a remarkable understanding of God’s power and His amazing universe.
  2. Job 26:9 Or throne.
  3. Job 26:12 I.e. a legendary and horrifying sea monster.

New International Reader's Version

Job 26

Job’s Reply

1Job replied,

“Bildad, you haven’t helped people who aren’t strong!
    You haven’t saved people who are weak!
You haven’t offered advice to those who aren’t wise!
    In fact, you haven’t understood anything at all!
Who helped you say these things?
    Whose spirit was speaking through you?

“The spirits of the dead are suffering greatly.
    So are those that are under the waters.
    And so are all those that live in them.
The place of the dead is naked in the sight of God.
    The grave lies open in front of him.
He spreads out the northern skies over empty space.
    He hangs the earth over nothing.
He wraps up water in his clouds.
    They are heavy, but they don’t burst.
He covers the face of the full moon.
    He spreads his clouds over it.
10 He marks out the place where the sky meets the sea.
    He marks out the boundary between light and darkness.
11 The pillars of the heavens shake.
    They are terrified when his anger blazes out.
12 With his power he stirred up the oceans.
    In his wisdom he cut the sea monster Rahab to pieces.
13 His breath made the skies bright and clear.
    His hand wounded the serpent that glides through the sea.
14 Those are only on the edges of what he does.
    They are only the soft whispers that we hear from him.
    So who can understand how very powerful he is?”