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?”
You'll get this book and many others when you join Bible Gateway Plus. Learn more
You must be logged in to view your newly purchased content. Please log in below or if you don't have an account, creating one is easy and only takes a few moments. After you log in your content will be available in your library.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your free trial.
Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy. You’re already logged in with your Bible Gateway account. The next step is to enter your payment information. Your credit card won’t be charged until the trial period is over. You can cancel anytime during the trial period.
Click the button below to continue.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your subscription.
You’ve already claimed your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus. To subscribe at our regular subscription rate of $3.99/month, click the button below.
Now that you've created a Bible Gateway account, upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus, the ultimate online Bible reading & study experience! For just a few dollars each month, Bible Gateway Plus gives you:
• A complete digital Bible study library integrated with your Bible Gateway account, with no expensive software to install.
• Access to 40+ study & reference books including the NIV Study Bible, the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary, and the MacArthur Study Bible.
• An ad-free Bible Gateway experience.
• A risk-free, 30-day trial—you can cancel any time.