2What a help you have been to one without resource! What deliverance you have brought to the powerless! 3What counsel you offer to one bereft of wisdom, what sound advice to the simple! 4Who has prompted you to utter such words, and whose spirit is expressed in your speech?
5The shades below writhe in fear, the waters and all that inhabit them are afraid a 26:5 are afraid: prob. rdg; Heb. omits. . 6Sheol b 26:6 Sheol: or the underworld. is laid bare before him; Abaddon lies uncovered. 7God spreads the canopy of the sky over chaos and suspends earth over the void. 8He keeps the waters penned in dense cloud masses, yet no cloud bursts open under their weight. 9He veils the face of the full moon c 26:9 He veils … moon: or He overlays the surface of his throne. , unrolling his clouds across it. 10He has fixed the horizon on the surface of the waters at the boundary between light and darkness. 11The pillars of heaven quake, aghast at the thunder of his voice. 12With his strong arm he cleft the sea monster; he struck down Rahab by his skill. 13Winds from him clear the skies, and his hand slays the twisting d 26:13 twisting: or primeval. sea serpent. 14These are but the fringes of his power, and how faint the whisper that we hear of him! Who could comprehend the thunder of his might?