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Chapter 26

Job's Reply. 1Then Job spoke again and said:

2What help you give to the powerless, what strength to the feeble arm! 3How you counsel, as though he had no wisdom; how profuse is the advice you offer! 4With whose help have you uttered those words, and whose is the breath that comes forth from you? p Gn 2, 7 . 5The shades* beneath writhe in terror, q Prv 9, 18 . the waters, and their inhabitants. 6Naked before him is the nether world,* and Abaddon has no covering. r Ps 139, 7–12 . 7He stretches out the North* over empty space, and suspends the earth over nothing at all; 8He binds up the waters in his clouds, yet the cloud is not rent 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 deep s Jb 38, 8–11; Prv 8, 29 . as the boundary of light and darkness. 11The pillars of the heavens tremble t Jb 9, 6 . and are stunned at his thunderous rebuke; 12By his power he stirs up the sea, and by his might he crushes Rahab;* 13With his angry breath he scatters the water, and he hurls the lightning against it relentlessly; His hand pierces the fugitive dragon* as from his hand it strives to flee. u Is 27, 1 . 14Lo, these are but the outlines of his ways, and how faint is the word we hear!

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