Job 26
New American Bible Revised Edition

Job’s Reply. 1Then Job answered and said:*

2What help you give to the powerless,

what strength to the feeble arm!

3How you give counsel to one without wisdom;

how profuse is the advice you offer!

4With whose help have you uttered those words,

whose breath comes forth from you?a

5The shades* beneath writhe in terror,b

the waters, and their inhabitants.

6Naked before him is Sheol,*

and Abaddon has no covering.c

7He stretches out Zaphon* over the void,

and suspends the earth over nothing at all;

8He binds up the waters in his clouds,

yet the cloud is not split by their weight;

9He holds back the appearance of the full moon

by spreading his clouds before it.

10He has marked out a circle* on the surface of the deepd

as the boundary of light and darkness.

11The pillars of the heavens tremble

and are stunned at his thunderous rebuke;e

12By his power he stilled Sea,

by his skill he crushed Rahab;*

13By his wind the heavens were made clear,

his hand pierced the fleeing serpent.* f

14Lo, these are but the outlines of his ways,

and what a whisper of a word we hear of him:

Who can comprehend the thunder of his power?

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