John Trapp Complete Commentary. Job 26:8 - He wraps up the waters in his clouds, yet the clouds do not burst under their weight. Tellurem, neque posse in terra sistere terram. Commentaries on Job. Job 4 Commentary Eliphaz. Hangeth the earth upon nothing - The Chaldee says: "He lays the earth upon the waters, nothing sustaining it.". Job 26:8. Rashi 's Commentary: Show Hide. Go to the sceptical biologist today, and he says, if you want to explain organisation you must go back, and you will find that the organisation of today is based upon simple organisation in the primitive epoch. You go to some sceptical men today and ask them, What holds this earth up? There is no certain evidence here that Job was acquainted with the globular form of the earth, and with its diurnal and annual revolutions. Hangs my salvation on the simple Word in Jesus Christ, and there is the vital truth for you and for me. (x) "Terra pilae similis nullo fulcimine nixa", Ovid. (w) Gregory's Notes and Observations, &c. c. 12. p. 55. Barnes's Job 26:7 Bible Commentary He stretcheth out the north - This whole passage is particularly interesting as giving a view of the cosmology which prevailed in those early times. The earth is a “ ‘circle,’ ” or sphere (Job … Thus the Koran, Sur. And you have never gone far enough, whilst you keep to secondary causes, whilst you keep to intermediary forces. Job 26:7 He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing. Iyov - Job - Chapter 26 « Previous Chapter 25. How have you saved the arm that has no strength? “Liberty, equality, fraternity?” Let us drop that legend and take up these which come nearer co the point--sympathy, righteousness, hope. When Satan attacks Job's possessions, ruins them all, and then takes the lives of all ten of his children, we learn how terrible Satan can be. And in Job 26:12-13 Job drew attention to God’s awe-inspiring power over the domain of Yam (the stormy sea-god).” (Smick) v. There is another great word that moves and sanctifies society. Fasten yourself to the same thread and you shall not find that you will be confounded. Tools. His dialogue with Job parallels the discourse between Job and his friends in chapters 4-27. Some scholars find all kinds of references in this section to Babylonian mythology; but Job's statement in Job 26:7 absolutely contradicts the Babylonian Creation myth. The father of modern science, Lord Bacon, incidentally speaks of this among other passages: “The book of Job, likewise, will be found, if examined with care, pregnant with the secrets of natural philosophy. For those seeking a more introductory level commentary on the book of Job, Francis Anderson’s commentary is the best place to start. Job 26:7 - He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing. It is like a man who believes the earth wants shoring up. Watkinson. The policeman’s handcuffs, that is it. 26:7 no†eh tzäfôn al-Tohû Toleh eretz al-B'liy-mäh 26:7 He stretcheth out 5186 z8802 the north 6828 over x5921 the empty place, 8414 [and] hangeth 8518 z8802 the earth 776 upon x5921 nothing. He stretcheth out the north over the empty place. And whose spirit spoke from your mouth? Job was well-received by the young and old alike (Job 29:8), and treated with unusual respect by the chiefs and nobles (Job 29:10). Chapter 26. You know, where I live, the speculative builder has turned up, and he has built a row of houses opposite to my modest cottage. "He stretches out the north over empty space And hangs the earth on nothing. Now what I want yon to see is this: that just as the bricks and mortar have shut out nature, so nature herself may become so much dead brick and mortar to shut out the greater world that is back of it. Coercion, penalties, punishments--society rests there! John Trapp Complete Commentary. Next » Chapter 27. Terra pilae similis, nullo fulcimine nixa. 274), aquilo, the north wind, as that which brings black clouds with it.). For example, when it says, ‘he stretcheth out the north,’ etc., the suspension of the earth and the convexity of the heavens are manifestly alluded to.’ So in another place, ‘who maketh Arcturus,’ etc.. ; he again refers to the depression of the south pole in the expression, ‘chambers of the south,’ because the southern stars are not seen in our hemisphere.” —, book 1. “He hangeth the earth upon nothing.” He hangeth civilisation upon nothing. Among the ancient poets the north pole was used synonymously for the heavens, and in this sense the north may be employed here. And hangeth the earth upon nothing — Upon its own centre, which is but an imaginary thing, and, in truth, nothing; or, he means, upon no props, or pillars, but his own power and providence. Bildad ought to have laid before Job the consolations, rather than the terrors of the Almighty. 7.The north — Delitzsch shows satisfactorily that we are not to understand by this the northern portion of the earth, as is held by Dillmann, etc., but the northern sky, which, with the ancients, was of more consideration than the southern. Oh, says the utilitarian, righteousness is a coarse fibre,--self-interest. Chapter 26 This is Job’s short reply to Bildad’s short discourse, in which he is so far from contradicting him that he confirms what he had said, and out-does him in magnifying God and setting forth his power, to show what reason he had still to say, as he did ch. But we in the Church have no political mastery. Commentary > Job. Job (The NIV Application Commentary) - Kindle edition by Walton, John H.. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. I never see the splendour of the sunset, except a stray gleam in a window pane. Empty place — Hebrew, tohu. 00. The arctic desolation disclosed by modern exploration singularly corresponds to the, “desolateness,” over which Job in figure spreads out “the north.”, . (Calmet) --- All tends to the centre, (Menochius) by the laws of attraction. - It has nothing to support it. Religion means a bond, a spiritual bond, between my soul and my Maker, and my salvation hangs where the earth hangeth and where salvation hangs, on the Word of God in Jesus Christ; there and only there. "That myth supposed that the earth was a flat disc resting on the `great deep,' an ocean of waters, standing for Chaos." This disclosure, which for so many ages preceded its scientific confirmation, stands out in yet more bold relief when compared with the mythologies of other ancient nations. Fast. The knowledge of nature on the part of the Israelitish Chokma, expressed in Job 26:7, however, remains still worthy of respect. I had the sky, and the sunrise, and the sunset, and the procession of the clouds, and the colours of the spring, and the glory of the summer. He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing. What is the force which sustains righteousness? Job 42 records the restoration of Job's lost blessings. We hold the tortoise and the elephant are very good as far as they go; but they do not go far enough. 11 The pillars of heaven tremble, And we believe that at last the things that are seen rest upon the wise and eternal will of God, over all blessed forever. The empty place, to wit, the air, so called, not philosophically, as if it were wholly empty; but popularly, because it seems to be so, and is generally void of solid and visible bodies. “The dead tremble, Those under the waters and those inhabiting them. He says, if you want to explain animal life you must go back to--what? So Milton: "And earth self-balaneed from her center hung.". 26. (8-13) Job reproves his friends as unkind. Upon nothing; upon its own centre, which is but an imaginary thing, and in truth nothing; or upon no props or pillars, but his own power and providence; which is justly celebrated as a wonderful work of God, both in Scripture and in heathen authors. If you get a merchant, you get the Bank of England at his back--more or less! “The dead are in deep anguish, those beneath the waters and all that live in them. (u) Physic. 4 To whom hast thou uttered words? He covers the face of the full moon, spreading his clouds over it. Well, I say this, the Church is the master of the forces that mould society, that is all. Tools. How you have saved the arm that has no strength!+ 3 What great advice you have given to the one lacking wisdom!+ How freely* you have revealed your practical wisdom! These are suggested passages from the book of Job to be used for a sermon series. It is God who fills the clouds with water and keeps them from bursting with the weight. The following partt., Job 26:7, depending logically upon the chief subject which precedes, are to be determined according to Job 25:2; they are conceived as present, and indeed of God's primeval act of creation, but intended of the acts which continue by virtue of His creative power. Says he, What about the Church? The elephant and tortoise again! "was not only principal as to Job's respect, and the position of Arabia, but because this hemisphere is absolutely so indeed, it is principal to the whole; for as the heavens and the earth are divided by the middle line, the northern half hath a strange share of excellency; we have more earth, more men, more stars, more day (the same also Sephorno, a Jewish commentator on the place, observes); and, which is more than all this, the north pole is more magnetic than the south:''. He stretcheth out the north over the empty place - תהו על al tohu, to the hollow waste. Job 26:7, KJV: "He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing." By his Spirit he hath garnished the heavens] Spiritu eius caeli sunt ipsa pulchritudo, By his Spirit the heavens are beauty itself, so Vatablus rendereth it, Adoravit, decoravit, pulchrefecit. But if the northern hemisphere is meant, as a learned manF23Gregory's Notes and Observations, &c. c. 12. p. 55. expresses it, it, "was not only principal as to Job's respect, and the position of Arabia, but because this hemisphere is absolutely so indeed, it is principal to the whole; for as the heavens and the earth are divided by the middle line, the northern half hath a strange share of excellency; we have more earth, more men, more stars, more day (the same also Sephorno, a Jewish commentator on the place, observes); and, which is more than all this, the north pole is more magnetic than the south:'. Job, then, demonstrated God's authority over the domain of Mot (the god of death) in Job 26:5-6 and over the domain of Baal (the cosmic storm god in Job 26:7-10). God could have written in scientific terms like E=mc2 , but He did not. In this passage the sense is, that the earth is self-sustained; that it is no burden, or that no one part is burdensome to another - as in man the limbs are not burdensome, the head is not heavy, nor the whole frame burdensome to the feet. Chapter 9. He covers the face of the full moon, spreading his clouds over it. See, . Job 26:8 He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under them. And we haven’t heard from them yet. And now the only glimpse I get of the violet sky is in a puddle in the street. But God permitted "the satan", one of the heavenly minions, to Looking to help your church and family stay connected to the Word while social distancing? Where did they all come from? Now find another illustration of the text in society. Oh, says the utilitarian, hang the earth upon the thick cart rope of coercion. Job, then, demonstrated God’s authority over the domain of Mot (the god of death) in Job 26:5-6 and over the domain of Baal (the cosmic storm god in Job 26:7-10). John Trapp Complete Commentary. Job - Then Job replied: “How you have helped the powerless! Fab. For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity] Heb. One great school of men finds that the basis of all things is spiritual; another school finds that the basis of all things is material. On the derivation, notion, and synonyms of תּהוּ, vid., Genesis, S. 93; here (where it may be compared with the Arab. The pillars of the heavens quake, aghast at his rebuke. Aero sublato tam grave pendet onus (Ovid. 7. (Note: The name צפון signifies the northern sky as it appears by day, from its beclouded side in contrast with the brighter and more rainless south; comp. The northern hemisphere or vault of heaven is included; often compared to a stretched-out canopy (Psalm 104:2). Job, in turn, has responded to each of them, declaring his innocence and demanding that God give him answers. Don’t you see it is resting (and I speak with great respectfulness) our salvation upon the elephant and the tortoise, instead of going back to the spiritual God and His truth, love, and grace, and these only? Thus the Koran, Sur. The north is stretched out and sustained by the mere power of God. Over Tohu. Scripture quoted by permission. That rests upon the Devonian.” “Very good; and what does that rest on?” He says, “That rests on the Silurian.” “And what does that rest on?” “That rests on the cosmical dust.” A lively tortoise! ScheuchzerF21Physic. (Newton, &c.) (Haydock). There they fix me up with the visible, mechanical, ceremonial Church. It is the spiritual that governs society. The arctic desolation disclosed by modern exploration singularly corresponds to the tohu, “desolateness,” over which Job in figure spreads out “the north.”. (1-4) Job acknowledges the power of God. 13. 10. 8 He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under them. He realizes that all things are in God's hand (Job 12:9), including Job's persecution (Job 30:21) and his disease (Job 19:21). Biblical Commentary Job 19:23-27a EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: The context for any passage in the book of Job has to begin with chapter 1, which establishes Job's excellent character (1:1-5), acknowledged even by God (1:8). Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft. (Calmet) --- Nothing. Cousurgit; premitur Libyae devexus ad austros. Job 26:9 - He covers … (g) He causes the whole earth to turn about the North pole. 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