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Job 25-26

Bildad Speaks: Man Cannot Be Righteous

25:1 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:

2 “Dominion and fear are with God;
he makes peace in his high heaven.
3 Is there any number to his armies?
Upon whom does his light not arise?
4 How then can man be in the right before God?
How can he who is born of woman be pure?
5 Behold, even the moon is not bright,
and the stars are not pure in his eyes;
6 how much less man, who is a maggot,
and the son of man, who is a worm!”

Job Replies: God's Majesty Is Unsearchable

26:1 Then Job answered and said:

2 “How you have helped him who has no power!
How you have saved the arm that has no strength!
3 How you have counseled him who has no wisdom,
and plentifully declared sound knowledge!
4 With whose help have you uttered words,
and whose breath has come out from you?
5 The dead tremble
under the waters and their inhabitants.
6 Sheol is naked before God,
and Abaddon has no covering.
7 He stretches out the north over the void
and hangs the earth on nothing.
8 He binds up the waters in his thick clouds,
and the cloud is not split open under them.
9 He covers the face of the full moon
and spreads over it his cloud.
10 He has inscribed a circle on the face of the waters
at the boundary between light and darkness.
11 The pillars of heaven tremble
and are astounded at his rebuke.
12 By his power he stilled the sea;
by his understanding he shattered Rahab.
13 By his wind the heavens were made fair;
his hand pierced the fleeing serpent.
14 Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways,
and how small a whisper do we hear of him!
But the thunder of his power who can understand?”


25 Bildad is short on words for good reason: his argument is dwindling. He's reduced to simply stating the condition of unholy man before the Holy God, who is over all. Point being: "Job, you're guilty." Of such talk, Job has had his full. He cuts short Bildad's babel.

26 Job scorned the "help, counsel & salvation" of his friends as entirely impotent, pointing to God's surpassing knowledge & understanding, authority & power far beyond human perception. Convinced they had God's perspective--especially as it pertained to Job's guilt--they judged accordingly.

God has dominion over the grave, earth, sky, clouds, waters, sun, moon... all! And this, just the "outskirts of His ways." Who could withstand His thunder?!


Do not pretend to understand all the mystery of God's actions. Live according to His revealed will: His Word. And humbly keep confidence in the sovereign goodness of the Almighty.