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   The Book of Job.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
XXVI
 
 
[1]    THEN Job answered and said,
[2]  How hast thou helped him that is without power!
How hast thou saved the arm that hath no strength!
[3]  How hast thou counselled him that hath no wisdom,
And plentifully declared sound knowledge!
[4]  To whom hast thou uttered words?
And whose spirit 1 came forth from thee?
 
[5]  They 2 that are deceased tremble
Beneath the waters and the inhabitants thereof.
[6]  Sheol is naked before God, 3
And Abaddon 4 hath no covering.
[7]  He stretcheth out the north over empty space,
And hangeth the earth upon 5 nothing.
[8]  He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds;
And the cloud is not rent under them.
[9]  He incloseth the face of his throne,
And spreadeth his cloud upon it.
[10]  He hath described a boundary upon the face of the waters,
Unto the confines of light and darkness.
[11]  The pillars of heaven tremble
And are astonished at his rebuke.
[12]  He stirreth 6 up the sea with his power,
And by his understanding he smiteth through Rahab.
[13]  By his Spirit the heavens are garnished; 7
His hand hath pierced the swift 8 serpent.
[14]  Lo, these are but the outskirts of his ways:
And how 9 small a whisper do 10 we hear of him!
But the thunder of his power 11 who can understand?
 
Note 1. Heb. breath. [back]
Note 2. Or, The shades.Heb. The Rephaim. [back]
Note 3. Heb. him. [back]
Note 4. Or, Destruction. [back]
Note 5. Or, over. [back]
Note 6. Or, stilleth. [back]
Note 7. Heb. beauty. [back]
Note 8. Or, fleeing.Or, gliding [back]
Note 9. Or, how little a portion. [back]
Note 10. Or, is heard. [back]
Note 11. Or, mighty deeds. [back]
 

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