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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Job 26:14

    CHAPTERS: Job 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42     

    VERSES: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14




    King James Bible - Job 26:14

    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?

    World English Bible

    Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways. How
    small a whisper do we hear of him! But the thunder of his power who can understand?"

    Douay-Rheims - Job 26:14

    Lo, these things are said in part of his ways: and seeing we have heard scarce a little drop of his word, who shall be able to behold the thunder of his greatness?

    Webster's Bible Translation

    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?

    Original Hebrew

    2005 אלה 428 קצות 7098 דרכו 1870 ומה 4100 שׁמץ 8102 דבר 1697 נשׁמע 8085 בו ורעם 7482 גבורתו 1369 מי 4310 יתבונן׃ 995

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    Job 11:7-9 Ps 139:6; 145:3 Isa 40:26-29 Ro 11:33 1Co 13:9-12

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 26:14

    He aquí, stas son partes de sus caminos; ¡y cun poco es lo que hemos oído de l! Porque el estruendo de sus fortalezas, ¿quin lo entender?

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Job 26:14

    Verse 14. Lo, these are parts of his ways ] twxq ketsoth, the ends or extremities, the outlines, an indistinct sketch, of his eternal power and Godhead.

    How little a portion is heard ] m shemets, a mere whisper; admirably opposed, as Mr. Good has well observed, to [r raam, the thunder, mentioned in the next clause. As the thunder is to a whisper, so are the tremendous and infinitely varied works of God to the faint outlines exhibited in the above discourse. Every reader will relish the dignity, propriety, and sense of these expressions. They force themselves on the observation of even the most heedless. By his Spirit he hath garnished the heavens. - Numerous are the opinions relative to the true meaning of this verse. Some think it refers to the clearing of the sky after a storm, such as appears to be described ver. 11, 12; and suppose his Spirit means the wind, which he directs to sweep and cleanse the face of the sky, by which the splendour of the day or the lustre of the night is restored: and by the crooked, flying, or aerial serpent, as it is variously rendered, the ecliptic is supposed to be meant, as the sun's apparent course in it appears to be serpentine, in his approach to and recession from each of the tropics. This tortuous line may be seen on any terrestrial globe. Many will object to this notion as too refined for the time of Job; but this I could easily admit, as astronomy had a very early existence among the Arabians, if not its origin.

    But with me the chief objection lies against the obscurity of the allusion, if it be one; for it must require no small ingenuity, and almost the spirit of divination, to find out the sun's oblique path in the zodiac in the words His hand hath formed the crooked serpent. Others have imagined that the allusion is to the lightning in that zigzag form which it assumes when discharged from one cloud into another during a thunder storm. This is at once a natural and very apparent sense. To conduct and manage the lightning is most certainly a work which requires the skill and omnipotence of GOD, as much as garnishing the heavens by his Spirit, dividing the sea by his power, or causing the pillars of heaven to tremble by his reproof.

    Others think that the act of the creation of the solar system is intended to be expressed, which is in several parts of the sacred writings attributed to the Spirit of God; (Gen. i. 2; Psa. xxxiii. 6;) and that the crooked serpent means either Satan, who deceived our first parents, or huge aquatic animals; for in Isa. xxvii. 1, we find the leviathan and dragon of the sea called jrb jn nachash bariach, the very terms that are used by Job in this place: "In that day the Lord with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan, the piercing serpent, ( jrb jn nachash bariach,) even leviathan, that crooked serpent, ( wtlq[ jn nachash akallathon,) and he shall slay the dragon ( ynth hattannin) that is in the sea." And we know that in Gen. i. 21 yldgh nynth hattanninim haggedolim, which we translate great whales, includes all sea-monsters or vast aquatic animals. Calmet, who without hesitation adopts this sentiment, says: "I see no necessity to have recourse to allegory here. After having exhibited the effects of the sovereign power of God in the heavens, in the clouds, in the vast collection of waters in the sea, it was natural enough for Job to speak of the production of fishes." The intelligent Dr. Sherlock gives another interpretation. After strongly expressing his disapprobation of the opinion that Job should descend, after speaking of the creation of the heavens and their host, to the formation of snakes and adders, he supposes "that Job here intended to oppose that grand religious system of sabaeism which prevailed in his time, and to which, in other parts of this book, he alludes; a system which acknowledged two opposite independent principles by which the universe was governed, and paid Divine adoration to the celestial luminaries. Suppose, therefore, Job to be acquainted with the fall of man, and the part ascribed to the serpent of the introduction of evil, see how aptly the parts cohere. In opposition to the idolatrous practice of the time, he asserts God to be the maker of all the host of heaven: By his Spirit he garnished the heavens. In opposition to the false notion of two independent principles, he asserts God to be the maker of him who was the author of evil: His hand hath formed the crooked serpent. You see how properly the garnishing of the heavens and the forming of the serpent are joined together. That this is the ancient traditionary explication of this place, we have undeniable evidence from the translation of the Septuagint, who render the latter part of this verse, which relates to the serpent, in this manner: prostagmati de eqanatwse drakonta apostathn, By a decree he destroyed the apostate dragon. The Syriac and Arabic versions are to the same effect: And his hand slew the flying serpent. "These translators apply the place to the punishment inflicted on the serpent; and it comes to the same thing, for the punishing the serpent is as clear an evidence of God's power over the author of evil as the creating him. We need not wonder to see so much concern in this book to maintain the supremacy of God, and to guard it against every false notion; for this was the theme, the business of the author." - Bp. Sherlock on Prophecy, Diss. ii. From the contradictory opinions on this passage, the reader will no doubt feel cautious what mode of interpretation he adopts, and the absolute necessity of admitting no texts of doubtful interpretation as vouchers for the essential doctrines of Christianity. Neither metaphors, allegories, similes, nor figurative expressions of any kind, should ever be adduced or appealed to as proofs of any article in the Christian faith. We have reason to be thankful that this is at present the general opinion of the most rational divines of all sects and parties, and that the allegory and metaphor men are everywhere vanishing from the meridian and sinking under the horizon of the Church.

    Scriptural Christianity is prevailing with a strong hand, and going forward with a firm and steady step.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 5-14 - Many striking instances are here given of the wisdom and power of God in the creation and preservation of the world. If we look about us, to the earth and waters here below, we see his almighty power. If we consider hell beneath, though out of our sight, yet we may conceive the discoveries of God's power there. If we look up to heaven above, we se displays of God's almighty power. By his Spirit, the eternal Spiri that moved upon the face of the waters, the breath of his mouth, P 33:6, he has not only made the heavens, but beautified them. By redemption, all the other wonderful works of the Lord are eclipsed; an we may draw near, and taste his grace, learn to love him, and walk with delight in his ways. The ground of the controversy between Job and the other disputants was, that they unjustly thought from his affliction that he must have been guilty of heinous crimes. They appear not to have duly considered the evil and just desert of original sin; nor di they take into account the gracious designs of God in purifying his people. Job also darkened counsel by words without knowledge. But his views were more distinct. He does not appear to have alleged his personal righteousness as the ground of his hope towards God. Yet what he admitted in a general view of his case, he in effect denied, whil he complained of his sufferings as unmerited and severe; that very complaint proving the necessity for their being sent, in order to his being further humbled in the sight of God __________________________________________________________________

    Original Hebrew

    הן 2005 אלה 428 קצות 7098 דרכו 1870 ומה 4100 שׁמץ 8102 דבר 1697 נשׁמע 8085 בו ורעם 7482 גבורתו 1369 מי 4310 יתבונן׃ 995

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