Job Rebukes Bildad
1But Job answered and said,
2“What a help you are to the weak (powerless)!
How you have saved the arm that is without strength!
3How you have counseled the one who has no wisdom!
And how abundantly you have provided sound wisdom and helpful insight!
4To whom have you uttered [these] words?
And whose spirit [inspired what] came forth from you?
The Greatness of God
5“The spirits of the dead tremble
Underneath the waters and their inhabitants.
6Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead) is naked before God,
And Abaddon (the place of destruction) has no covering [from His eyes].
7It is He who spreads out the north over emptiness
And hangs the earth on nothing.
8He wraps the waters in His clouds [which otherwise would spill on earth all at once],
And the cloud does not burst under them.
9He covers the face of the full moon
And spreads His cloud over it.
10He has inscribed a circular limit (the horizon) on the face of the waters
At the boundary between light and darkness.
11The pillars of the heavens tremble
And are terrified at His rebuke.
12He stirred up the sea by His power,
And by His understanding He smashed [proud] Rahab.
13By His breath the heavens are cleared;
His hand has pierced the [swiftly] fleeing serpent.
14Yet 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?”