New English Translation
Job's Reply to Bildad
1 Then Job replied:
2 "How you have helped the powerless! How you have saved the person who has no strength!
3 How you have advised the one without wisdom, and abundantly revealed your insight!
4 To whom did you utter these words? And whose spirit has come forth from your mouth?
A Better Description of God's Greatness
5 "The dead tremble - those beneath the waters and all that live in them.
6 The underworld is naked before God; the place of destruction lies uncovered.
7 He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth on nothing.
8 He locks the waters in his clouds, and the clouds do not burst with the weight of them.
9 He conceals the face of the full moon, shrouding it with his clouds.
10 He marks out the horizon on the surface of the waters as a boundary between light and darkness.
11 The pillars of the heavens tremble and are amazed at his rebuke.
12 By his power he stills the sea; by his wisdom he cut Rahab the great sea monster to pieces.
13 By his breath the skies became fair; his hand pierced the fleeing serpent.
14 Indeed, these are but the outer fringes of his ways! How faint is the whisper we hear of him! But who can understand the thunder of his power?"
King James Version
1 But Job answered and said,
2 How hast thou helped him that is without power? how savest thou the arm that hath no strength?
3 How hast thou counselled him that hath no wisdom? and how hast thou plentifully declared the thing as it is?
4 To whom hast thou uttered words? and whose spirit came from thee?
5 Dead things are formed from under the waters, and the inhabitants thereof.
6 Hell is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering.
7 He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.
8 He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under them.
9 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?