The Third Controversy: Bildad Continues the Argument

Job 25-26

Highlights from this Passage

  • Bildad argues that no one is without sin in God’s sight.
  • Job shows that God does not need anyone’s help, and God proves it by his miracles.


Then Bildad the Shuhite answered,

“Dominion and fear are with him.
    He makes peace in his high places.
Can his armies be counted?
    On whom does his light not arise?
How then can man be just with God?
    Or how can he who is born of a woman be clean?
Behold, even the moon has no brightness,
    and the stars are not pure in his sight;
How much less man, who is a worm,
    the son of man, who is a worm!”

Then Job answered,

“How have you helped him who is without power!
    How have you saved the arm that has no strength!
How have you counseled him who has no wisdom,
    and plentifully declared sound knowledge!
To whom have you uttered words?
    Whose spirit came out of you?

“The departed spirits tremble,
    those beneath the waters and all that live in them.
Sheol is naked before God,
    and Abaddon has no covering.
He stretches out the north over empty space,
    and hangs the earth on nothing.
He binds up the waters in his thick clouds,
    and the cloud is not burst under them.
He encloses the face of his throne,
    and spreads his cloud on it.
He has described a boundary on the surface of the waters,
    and to the confines of light and darkness.
The pillars of heaven tremble
    and are astonished at his rebuke.
He stirs up the sea with his power,
    and by his understanding he strikes through Rahab.
By his Spirit the heavens are garnished.
    His hand has pierced the swift serpent.
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?”

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