1301.) Job 25 and 26

Job25 moon in sky
Job 25   (NLT)

Bildad’s Final Response to Job

Then Bildad the Shuhite replied:

Bildad muses upon the greatness of God:

“God is powerful and dreadful.
    He enforces peace in the heavens.
Who is able to count his heavenly army?
    Doesn’t his light shine on all the earth?
How can a mortal be innocent before God?
    Can anyone born of a woman be pure?
God is more glorious than the moon;
    he shines brighter than the stars.
In comparison, people are maggots;
    we mortals are mere worms.”

To encourage you to continue reading Job!

“Beginning at Chapter 25, the formal structure of the book would dictate two more chapter-long rebuttals, one from Bildad and one from Zophar, to complete the third round of the dialogue. But this is not what happens. Instead Zophar has no final speech at all, and Bildad’s speech is drastically cut short. So the formal debate is never finished. At Chapter 26 the dialogue grinds to a halt, and from there to the end of Chapter 31 Job holds forth alone in a long and loose-jointed presentation. . . . Finally in this list of textual problems, there is the odd case of Elihu, the brand-new character introduced near the end of the book, who delivers what many readers feel to be the most long-winded, boring, and irrelevant discourse of all.”

–Mike Mason

Job 26   (NLT)

Job’s Ninth Speech: A Response to Bildad

Then Job spoke again:

Job challenges his friends:

“How you have helped the powerless!
    How you have saved the weak!
How you have enlightened my stupidity!
    What wise advice you have offered!
Where have you gotten all these wise sayings?
    Whose spirit speaks through you?

Job praises God and His awesome power in creation:

“The dead tremble—
    those who live beneath the waters.
The underworld is naked in God’s presence.
    The place of destruction is uncovered.
God stretches the northern sky over empty space
    and hangs the earth on nothing.

Job26 earth-from-outer-space

He wraps the rain in his thick clouds,
    and the clouds don’t burst with the weight.
He covers the face of the moon,
    shrouding it with his clouds.

Job26 moon and 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.

Job25 calm sea
    By his skill he crushed the great sea monster.
13 His Spirit made the heavens beautiful,

Job26 clouds-sky-rainbow
    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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Music:

Psalm 150:6 says, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.”  Let us joyfully raise our voices to our powerful God, our Creator, as Job described — HERE  is Matt Redman and “Let Everything that Has Breath.”

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New Living Translation (NLT) Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright© 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved

Images courtesy of:
half-moon in the sky with Job 25:5.    http://wallpaper4god.com/en/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/job25_5.jpg
earth hanging in outer space.    http://terawallpaper.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/earth-from-outer-space.jpg
moon in night sky.    http://www.listofimages.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/night-moon-wolf-clouds-dark-nature.jpg
calm sea photograph by Bobby Bong.    http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/painting-the-sky
rainbow.   http://www.listofimages.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/clouds-sky-rainbow-nature.jpg
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