2 “You are no help to the ·helpless [powerless]! You have not ·aided [rescued] the ·weak [L weak armed]! 3 ·Your advice lacks wisdom [or You have brought no counsel to those without wisdom]! You have shown little understanding! 4 ·Who has helped you say these words [L Whose words do you speak]? And ·where did you get these ideas [L whose breath comes from you]?
5 “The ·spirits of the dead [shades; L Rephaim; C departed ancestors] tremble, ·those who are beneath and in the waters [L the waters and their inhabitants are terrified; C symbol for the forces of evil]. 6 ·Death [L The grave; Sheol] ·is naked [lies exposed] before God; ·destruction [Abaddon; C the underworld] is uncovered before him [C God is in control of them]. 7 God stretches ·the northern sky [or Zaphon; C a reference to Baal’s mountain; indicating God’s control over it] out over empty space and hangs the earth on nothing. 8 He wraps up the waters in his thick clouds, but the clouds do not ·break under their weight [L burst under them]. 9 He covers the face of the ·moon [or throne], spreading his clouds over it. 10 He draws the horizon like a circle on the water at the place where light and darkness meet. 11 ·Heaven’s foundations [L The pillars of heavens; C perhaps mountains] ·shake [quake] ·when he thunders at them [L astounded by his rebuke/blast]. 12 With his power he ·quiets [stills] the ·sea [or Sea; C the powers of chaos]; by his ·wisdom [understanding] he ·destroys [struck] Rahab, the sea monster [9:13]. 13 He breathes, and ·the sky clears [L he makes the heavens beautiful]. His hand ·stabs [slays] the fleeing ·snake [serpent; C Leviathan, another sea monster representing chaos; 3:8; Is. 27:1]. 14 And these are ·only a small part of God’s works [L fringes of his way]. We only hear a small whisper of him. Who could understand God’s thundering power?”
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