The (A)dead tremble
    under the waters and their inhabitants.
Sheol is (B)naked before God,[a]
    and (C)Abaddon has no covering.
He (D)stretches out the north over (E)the void
    and hangs the earth on nothing.
He (F)binds up the waters in his thick clouds,
    and the cloud is not split open under them.
He covers the face of the full moon[b]
    and (G)spreads over it his cloud.
10 He has inscribed (H)a circle on the face of the waters
    at the boundary between light and darkness.
11 (I)The pillars of heaven tremble
    and are astounded at his (J)rebuke.
12 By his power he (K)stilled the sea;
    by his understanding he shattered (L)Rahab.
13 (M)By his wind the heavens were made fair;
    his hand pierced (N)the fleeing serpent.
14 Behold, these are but the outskirts of his (O)ways,
    and how small (P)a whisper do we hear of him!
    But the thunder of his power who can understand?”

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Footnotes

  1. Job 26:6 Hebrew him
  2. Job 26:9 Or his throne

“The dead tremble—
    those who live beneath the waters.
The underworld[a] is naked in God’s presence.
    The place of destruction[b] is uncovered.
God stretches the northern sky over empty space
    and hangs the earth on nothing.
He wraps the rain in his thick clouds,
    and the clouds don’t burst with the weight.
He covers the face of the moon,[c]
    shrouding it with his clouds.
10 He created the horizon when he separated the waters;
    he set the boundary between day and night.
11 The foundations of heaven tremble;
    they shudder at his rebuke.
12 By his power the sea grew calm.
    By his skill he crushed the great sea monster.[d]
13 His Spirit made the heavens beautiful,
    and his power pierced the gliding serpent.
14 These are just the beginning of all that he does,
    merely a whisper of his power.
    Who, then, can comprehend the thunder of his power?”

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Footnotes

  1. 26:6a Hebrew Sheol.
  2. 26:6b Hebrew Abaddon.
  3. 26:9 Or covers his throne.
  4. 26:12 Hebrew Rahab, the name of a mythical sea monster that represents chaos in ancient literature.

Dead things are formed from under the waters, and the inhabitants thereof.

Hell is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering.

He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.

He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under them.

He holdeth back the face of his throne, and spreadeth his cloud upon it.

10 He hath compassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end.

11 The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof.

12 He divideth the sea with his power, and by his understanding he smiteth through the proud.

13 By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent.

14 Lo, these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard of him? but the thunder of his power who can understand?

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The shades of the dead tremble underneath the waters and their inhabitants.

Sheol (the place of the dead) is naked before God, and Abaddon (the place of destruction) has no covering [from His eyes].

He it is Who spreads out the northern skies over emptiness and [a]hangs the earth upon or over nothing.

He holds the waters bound in His clouds [which otherwise would spill on earth all at once], and the cloud is not rent under them.

He covers the face of His throne and spreads over it His cloud.

10 He has placed an enclosing limit [the horizon] upon the waters at the boundary between light and darkness.

11 The pillars of the heavens tremble and are astonished at His rebuke.

12 He stills or stirs up the sea by His power, and by His understanding He smites proud Rahab.

13 By His breath the heavens are garnished; His hand pierced the [swiftly] fleeing serpent.(A)

14 Yet these are but [a small part of His doings] the outskirts of His ways or the mere fringes of His force, the faintest whisper of His voice! Who dares contemplate or who can understand the thunders of His full, magnificent power?

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Footnotes

  1. Job 26:7 For millenniums, various theories of what supports the earth—elephants, giants, and other fantastic means—were accepted by mankind as truth. The Bible made no such absurd error. How could Job, more than 3,000 years ago, possibly have known that God “hangs the earth upon or over nothing,” except by divine inspiration?