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Job 25-26 Common English Bible (CEB)

Inferior humans

25 Bildad from Shuah replied:

Supreme power and awe belong to God;
    he establishes peace on his heights.
Can his troops be counted?
    On whom does his light not rise?
How can a person be innocent before God;
    one born of a woman be pure?
If even the moon is not bright
        and the stars not pure in his eyes,
    how much less a human, a worm,
        a person’s child, a grub.


26 Then Job said:

How well you have helped the weak,
        saved those with frail arms,
    advised one lacking wisdom,
        informed many with insight!
With whom have you spoken;[a]
    whose breath was expelled from you?

Truth about God

The dead writhe,
    the inhabitants beneath the waters as well.
The grave[b] is naked before God;
    the underworld[c] lacks covering.
He stretched the North[d] over chaos,
    hung earth over nothing;
    wrapped up water in his clouds,
        yet they didn’t burst out below;
    hid the face of the full moon,[e]
        spreading his cloud over it;
10     traced a circle on the water’s surface,
        at the limit of light and darkness.
11 Heaven’s pillars shook,
    terrified by his blast.
12 By his power he stilled the Sea;
    split Rahab with his cleverness.
13 Due to his wind, heaven became clear;
    his hand split the fleeing serpent.
14 Look, these are only the outer fringe of his ways;
    we hear only a whispered word about him.
    Who can understand his thunderous power?


  1. Job 26:4 Or told words
  2. Job 26:6 Heb Sheol
  3. Job 26:6 Heb Abaddon
  4. Job 26:7 Heb Zaphon
  5. Job 26:9 Or throne; Heb uncertain
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