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Job 26


1 Then Job replied:

2 "How you have helped the powerless!
     How you have saved the arm that is feeble!
3 What advice you have offered to one without wisdom!
     And what great insight you have displayed!
4 Who has helped you utter these words?
     And whose spirit spoke from your mouth?
5 "The dead are in deep anguish,
     those beneath the waters and all that live in them.
6 Death(1) is naked before God;
     Destruction(2) lies uncovered.
7 He spreads out the northern [skies] over empty space;
     he suspends the earth over nothing.
8 He wraps up the waters in his clouds,
     yet the clouds do not burst under their weight.
9 He covers the face of the full moon,
     spreading his clouds over it.
10 He marks out the horizon on the face of the waters
     for a boundary between light and darkness.
11 The pillars of the heavens quake,
     aghast at his rebuke.
12 By his power he churned up the sea;
     by his wisdom he cut Rahab to pieces.
13 By his breath the skies became fair;
     his hand pierced the gliding serpent.
14 And these are but the outer fringe of his works; how faint the whisper we hear of him! Who then can understand the thunder of his power?"

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