2 You have really been helpful to someone weak and weary. 3 You have given great advice and wonderful wisdom to someone truly in need. 4 How can anyone possibly speak with such understanding?
5 Remember the terrible trembling of those in the world of the dead below the mighty ocean. 6 Nothing in that land of death and destruction is hidden from God, 7 who hung the northern sky and suspended the earth on empty space. 8 God stores water in clouds, but they don’t burst, 9 and he wraps them around the face of the moon. 10 On the surface of the ocean, God has drawn a boundary line between light and darkness. 11 And columns supporting the sky tremble at his command.
12 By his power and wisdom, God conquered the force of the mighty ocean.[a] 13 The heavens became bright when he breathed, and the escaping sea monster[b] died at the hands of God. 14 These things are merely a whisper of God’s power at work. How little we would understand if this whisper ever turned into thunder!
26.12the force of the mighty ocean: The Hebrew text has “the ocean. . . Rahab.” In this passage the sea monster Rahab stands for the fearsome power of the ocean (see the notes at 3.8 and 9.13).
26.13sea monster: The Hebrew text has “snake,” which probably stands for some kind of fearsome sea monster, such as Leviathan (see Isaiah 27.1).
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