American Standard Version (ASV) - Job 26

26 Then Job answered and said,

2 How hast thou helped him that is without power!
How hast thou saved the arm that hath no strength!
3 How hast thou counselled him that hath no wisdom,
And plentifully declared sound knowledge!
4 To whom hast thou uttered words?
And whose [a]spirit came forth from thee?

5 [b]They that are deceased tremble
Beneath the waters and the inhabitants thereof.
6 Sheol is naked before [c]God,
And [d]Abaddon hath no covering.
7 He stretcheth out the north over empty space,
And hangeth the earth [e]upon nothing.
8 He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds;
And the cloud is not rent under them.
9 He incloseth the face of his throne,
And spreadeth his cloud upon it.
10 He hath described a boundary upon the face of the waters,
Unto the confines of light and darkness.
11 The pillars of heaven tremble
And are astonished at his rebuke.
12 He [f]stirreth up the sea with his power,
And by his understanding he smiteth through Rahab.
13 By his Spirit the heavens are [g]garnished;
His hand hath pierced the [h]swift serpent.
14 Lo, these are but the outskirts of his ways:
And [i]how small a whisper [j]do we hear of him!
But the thunder of his [k]power who can understand?


  1. Job 26:4 Hebrew breath.
  2. Job 26:5 Or, The shades. Hebrew The Rephaim.
  3. Job 26:6 Hebrew him.
  4. Job 26:6 Or, Destruction
  5. Job 26:7 Or, over
  6. Job 26:12 Or, stilleth
  7. Job 26:13 Hebrew beauty.
  8. Job 26:13 Or, fleeing. Or, gliding
  9. Job 26:14 Or, how little a portion
  10. Job 26:14 Or, is heard
  11. Job 26:14 Or, mighty deeds

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