Forbearance, unselfishness, disinterestedness, gratitude, love. "He stretches out the north over empty space And hangs the earth on nothing. What have we got in the Church? 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. Commentary Commentary Commentary: On the contrary, low-skilled jobs aren’t going anywhere The pandemic has revealed just how essential … Man a Maggot? Oh, says the utilitarian, hang the earth upon the thick cart rope of coercion. Tellurem, neque posse in terra sistere terram. Job 26:7. 8 He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under them. Now God unveils as much of himself as Job's senses can bear - the beauty of nature and the wonders of the animal kingdom. Francis I. Andersen — Job (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries, 1976). See, . The heavens are often represented as a veil, an expanse, a curtain, or a tent; see Isaiah 34:4, note; Isaiah 40:22, note. We have none of the forces of bread and gold. You can never find rest for the intelligent soul, until at the back of the physical universe, with its interdependencies and its evolutions, you find the God who made and ruled it, and is bringing it through the ages to some wise and magnificent consummation. If God is the ultimate factor in nature, God is once more the ultimate factor in society. stretches out the north over empty space and hangs the earth on nothing’ ” (NASB). If you get a statesman, he has got an army at his back. 7 He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing. The arctic desolation disclosed by modern exploration singularly corresponds to the, “desolateness,” over which Job in figure spreads out “the north.”, . 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). Oh, says the utilitarian, righteousness is a coarse fibre,--self-interest. Job 26:8 - He wraps up the waters in his clouds, yet the clouds do not burst under their weight. “God is a Spirit, and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth, for He seeketh such to worship Him.” “He hangeth the earth upon nothing,” and it hangs well. Quick Reference Map He covers the face of the full moon, spreading his clouds over it. (Calmet) --- Nothing. Tools. Thy crooked, wry disposition, that standeth across to God and goodness, Psalms 51:5, Homo est inversus decalogus. What are the three great words in the world today touching civilisation? “Liberty, equality, fraternity?” Let us drop that legend and take up these which come nearer co the point--sympathy, righteousness, hope. The word used here (תהוּ tôhû ) is one of those employed Genesis 1:2, “And the earth was wlthout form and void.” But it seems here to mean emptiness, nothing. A major difficulty in understanding the meaning of the book is, what insight leads Job to submit so humbly to God at the end. Here we find Job, more than three thousand years ago, describing in language of scientific accuracy the condition of our globe, and holding it forth as a proof of Divine power. Job 26:7 And hangeth the earth upon nothing. As for the growths of the summer, the only relics I how see are two smutty, smutty growths in a little plot that they poetically call my garden! I had a grand time when I went to live there. theı̂j-un, empty, and tı̂h, desert) it signifies nothing more than the unmeasurable vacuum of space, parall. You can find the best commentary on Job for you using the tools on the right side. See note on Psalms 75:6. Who has helped you utter these words? Job 26:7, KJV: "He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing." Now find another illustration of the text in society. How you have saved the arm that is feeble! Solomon speaketh of perverse lips, as if the upper lip stood where the nether should, Proverbs 4:24. Watch our overview video on the book of Job, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. (w) Gregory's Notes and Observations, &c. c. 12. p. 55. lâ or mâ and šâ, a thing, e.g., bilâs, for nothing, ragul mâsh, useless men). 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. Never you be troubled because you think the Church has a somewhat isolated and spiritualised and apparently uninfluential situation. 13. In the northern hemisphere were the great constellations mentioned by Job — the Bear, the Serpent, Orion, etc. He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing. He stretcheth out the north over the empty place. Job 26:6 Hell is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering. 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. So, again, Lucretius says, ii. The basis of the great realities That is the startling and sublime conception of the sacred poet, that the earth is sustained by impalpable and spiritual energies. Scripture quoted by permission. Propterea, non est oneri, neque deprimit auras; Ut sua quoique homini nullo sunt pondere membra, Nec caput est oneri collo, nec denique totum. 5 Dead things are formed from under the waters, and the inhabitants thereof. Commentary > Job. Over Tohu. Job 42:1 Then Job answered the LORD, and said, Job 42:2 I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee. * 4 To whom are you trying to speak, And who inspired you to say such things? But it seems here to mean emptiness, nothing. But on this side of the heaven there are bodies, time, place, and, as it may seem to some, an empty place; for so the air is here called, over which, and not over any solid matter, for a foundation, God hath spread and stretched forth the heavens which are here called the north, because they are moved about the north pole; and besides, the north is held the upper part of the world, according to that of Virgil, Mundus ut ad Scythiam Riphaeasque arduus arces. There they fix me up with the visible, mechanical, ceremonial Church. Hence the poetical invention of pillars. Convenit; atque aliam naturam subter habere, Et ineunte aevo conjunctam atque uniter aptam, Partibus aeriis mundi, quibus insita vivit. Quotations designated (NIV) are from THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL … Kepler, the great astronomer, treating of the yet unsolved problems of science, thus reverently speaks of the disclosures made in the book of Job: “These, and other similar things, lie hidden in the pandects of coming times, and are not to be understood until God, the arbiter of the ages, shall have unfolded this book (Job) to mortals.” — Cited by, The Jerusalem Gemara says, that Alexander the Great is sometimes represented as holding a, in his hand, because he had ascertained that the earth, which he had traversed to conquer, had the figure of a sphere. The animals listed by God all have a love for freedom. Job 42:3 Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? The earth is a “ ‘circle,’ ” or sphere (Job … Empty place — Hebrew, tohu. (u) Physic. Well, I don’t; I believe that society is built upon instincts, upon utilities, upon governments. Chapter 9. (Ovid, Fast, vi.) Fast. 7. Nothing — Upon no props or pillars, but his own power and providence. It is the spiritual that governs society. 13:2), "What you know, the same do I know also.’’ 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. 26. And the writer says that Job did not sin in this statement. Fast. Same word as in Genesis 1:2. Only you see, it is not far enough back, it is the tortoise again! Iyov - Job - Chapter 26 « Previous Chapter 25. 5:22 He drew a circular horizon on the face of the waters, At the boundary of light and darkness. vol. The northern hemisphere, which is the chief and best known, at least it was in the time of Job, when the southern hemisphere might not be known at all; though, if our version of Job 9:9 is right, Job seems to have had knowledge of it. But before all changes, all states, all stages, we must find the Prime Mover, and, as to all the rest, all the secondary causes, the will of God works through them all, to His high and wonderful purpose. Finally, in Job 38, Job gets his wish. Job 26:8 He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under them. In short, what the foundations are on which it is laid, or the pillars by which it is sustained, cannot be said, except the mighty power and providence of God. That the sky should overarch the immeasurable void without visible supports was always a marvel to the Oriental mind. It is spiritual. You go to some sceptical men today and ask them, What holds this earth up? You are wrong again, says the objector, and he begins to call in the elephant and the tortoise. (Newton, &c.) (Haydock). The earth hangs in the midst of heaven, like Architas’ or Archimedes’ pigeon, equally poised with his own weight. The north in particular is specified in the first, being believed to be the highest part of the earth (Isaiah 14:13). Job 26:7, NIV: "He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing." It is God who fills the clouds with water and keeps them from bursting with the weight. modern Arabic lâsh, or even mâsh, compounded of Arab. And so, Eliphaz begins to speak and tries to comfort Job today. “He hangeth the earth upon nothing.” Religion--what is religion? Next » Chapter 27. The sentiment here expressed by Job was probably the common opinion of his time. Matthew Henry :: Commentary on Job 9 ← Back to Matthew Henry's Bio & Resources. That is the startling and sublime conception of the sacred poet, that the earth is sustained by impalpable and spiritual energies. Aero sublato tam grave pendet onus (Ovid. The chambers of the south are mentioned (Job 9:9), that is, the southern hemisphere, consistently with the earth‘s globular form. My salvation depends upon my personal fellowship with my living Lord. North — The northern part of the heavens, which is put for the whole visible heaven, because Job and his friends lived in a northern climate. The same word as is used, Genesis 1:2, The earth was without form, תהו tohu . But now, remember that Job had three friends who came for the purpose of comforting him. Commentaries on Job. But it is clear that he regarded it as not resting on any foundation or support; as lying on the vacant air, and kept there by the power of God. - It has nothing to support it. Not a bit of it. "That myth supposed that the earth was a flat disc resting on the `great deep,' an ocean of waters, standing for Chaos." The word used here (תהוּ tôhû) is one of those employed Genesis 1:2, "And the earth was wlthout form and void." 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. xiii, “It is Allah who has built the heavens on high, without the support of visible pillars.”. Go and ask them where all the flowers came from. (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. 6, Fasti). Oh no, no, no, it is not far enough back; it is stopping once more at the elephant and tortoise. If he had made me pay for all that, he would have wanted a fine fee. 7 He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing. “He hangeth the earth upon nothing.” He hangeth civilisation upon nothing. He wraps up the waters in his clouds, yet the clouds do not burst under their weight. The Chaldee paraphrasist, in order to explain this, as that Paraphrase often does, adds the word waters. J We hold the tortoise and the elephant are very good as far as they go; but they do not go far enough. Job 26:7, ESV: "He stretches out the north over the void and hangs the earth on nothing." Bishop Patrick’s paraphrase is, “By his wonderful power and wisdom he stretches out the whole world from the one pole to the other, which he alone sustains; as he doth this globe of earth hanging in the air, without any thing to support it.”, North pole, which alone was visible in Idumea, and continued unmoved, while all the stars performed their revolutions. He stretcheth out the north over the empty place] Heb. Terra, pilæ similis, nullo fulcimine nixa. (5-14) Commentary on Job 26:1-4 (Read Job 26:1-4) Job derided Bildad's answer; his words were a mixture of peevishness and self-preference. By the hangman’s noose. Well, they say, if you go back far enough, you go back to a meteor stone which brought from other planets the germs of vegetable life and beauty. The north is stretched out and sustained by the mere power of God. Corporus in pedibus pondus sentimus inesse. Thus the Koran, Sur. "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:''. From the starry heavens and the earth Job turns to the celestial and sub-celestial waters. "He holdeth back the face of his throne, [and] spreadeth his cloud upon it." Hence the poetical invention of pillars. On the ground of similar passages of the book of Job, Keppler says of the yet unsolved problems of astronomy: Haec et cetera hujusmodi latent in Pandectis aevi sequentis, non antea discenda, quam librum hunc Deus arbiter seculorum recluserit mortalibus. 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. Righteousness. Now there, again, you find the objector comes in. 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. 00. How have you saved the arm that has no strength? And the hope of the world is at last the confidence of men in an unseen but a faithful God. Sympathy--What a power sympathy is in civilisation! Propterea, non est oneri, neque deprimit auras; Ut sua quoique homini nullo sunt pondere membra, Nec caput est oneri collo, nec denique totum. 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. I believe God h… Show content in: English Both Hebrew. Hangs my salvation on the simple Word in Jesus Christ, and there is the vital truth for you and for me. Job 31:10 [Then] let my wife grind unto another, and let others bow down upon her.. Ver. ((z) Ben Gersom & Bar Tzemach in loc. The north is stretched out and sustained by the mere power of God. Next » Chapter 27. Job 26:7 - He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing. The word north here denotes the heavens as they appear to revolve around the pole, and which seem to be stretched out as a curtain. The elephant and tortoise again! Usually ships within 7 days. Job 12:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Job 12:7, NIV: "But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;" Job 12:7, ESV: "“But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you;" Job 12:7, KJV: "But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee:" I am sorry for Minister Christopher Tufton. (8-13) Job reproves his friends as unkind. That is, without anything to support it. 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. ... Interlinear Bibles Cross-Refs Commentaries Dictionaries Misc Job: Man’s Frailty and God’s Majesty - But Job answered and said: “How have you helped him who is without power? See Job 9:6. 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. A list of the best commentaries on Job ranked by scholars, journal reviews, and site users. How you have assisted the arm that has no strength! Job 26:8. Of the south the inhabitants of Idumea knew nothing; nor could they have any notion of inhabitants in that hemisphere. Why the imponderables, the ethers, the electricities, the galvanisms, the gravitations--the elephant and tortoise! The home, society are held together by it. More Buying Choices $42.25 (5 new offers) Kindle $23.49 $ 23. 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. And now the only glimpse I get of the violet sky is in a puddle in the street. And they all hang upon the topmost star. Job 26:9 - He covers … l. 1. (It should be kept in mind that Job is … Society is held together, it advances by the power of these three words. 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. 274), aquilo, the north wind, as that which brings black clouds with it.). The earth was viewed by Job as being supported by nothing material and therefore as being sustained only by God" (Zuck p. 117). In short, what the foundations are on which it is laid, or the pillars by which it is sustained, cannot be said, except the mighty power and providence of God. “God hangs the heavens upon the finest wires,” say the ancients; and morality depends upon faith and love. 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). Job 26:7 Context. I never dared to speak of it, lest my landlord should put up my rent! Hope. It occurs also in Lucretius: Terraque ut in media mundi regionne quieseat, Evallescere paullatim, et decrescere, pondus. What advice you have offered to one without wisdom! So Milton: "And earth self-balaneed from her center hung.". 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 hangeth the earth מיא עלוי upon the waters, with no one to sustain it.” The sentiment here expressed by Job was probably the common opinion of his time. Corporus in pedibus pondus sentimus inesse. Job 26:7 Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament By צפון many modern expositors understand the northern part of the earth, where the highest mountains and rocks rise aloft (accordingly, in Isaiah 14:13 , ירכתי צפון are mentioned parallel with the … Over the empty place - על־תהוּ ‛al-tôhû, "Upon emptiness, or nothing." The policeman’s handcuffs, that is it. The Chaldee paraphrasist, in order to explain this, as that Paraphrase often does, adds the word waters. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Job (The NIV Application Commentary). And hangeth the earth upon nothing. How have you counseled one who has no wisdom? 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:'. 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. So Milton: “And earth self-balaneed from her center hung.”. And we believe that at last the things that are seen rest upon the wise and eternal will of God, over all blessed forever. interpret "nothing" of the centre of the earth, and which is nothing but "ens rationis", a figment and imagination of the mind; or rather the earth is held together, and in the position it is, by its own magnetic virtue, it being a loadstone itself; and as the above learned writer observes, "the globe consisteth by a magnetic dependency, from which the parts cannot possibly start aside; but which, howsoever thus strongly seated on its centre and poles, is yet said to hang upon nothing; because the Creator in the beginning thus placed it within the "tohu", as it now also hangeth in the air; which itself also is nothing as to any regard of base or sustentation.'. I must show you how the text is illustrated in the Church. But if London is proud of it, it shows the humility of the metropolis! Sacr. (Avoda Sara, chap. That is the sustaining force of righteousness. Il étend le septentrion sur le vide, Il suspend la terre sur le néant. Job 26:5 Dead things are formed from under the waters, and the inhabitants thereof. You go to the physiologist and ask him where physical life, animal life comes from? though the whole celestial sphere may be intended, the principal being put for the whole; even that whole expansion, or firmament of heaven, which has its name from being stretched out like a curtain, or canopy, over the earth; which was done when the earth was "tohu", empty of inhabitants, both men and beasts, and was without form and void, and had no beauty in it, or anything growing on it; see Genesis 1:2; and hangeth the earth upon nothing; as a ball in the airF24"Terra pilae similis nullo fulcimine nixa", Ovid. Rashi 's Commentary: Show Hide. John Trapp Complete Commentary. But Job says, "The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. 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. Check out our free church library, church online resources, and family resources. Among the ancient poets the north pole was used synonymously for the heavens, and in this sense, may be employed here. Job, in turn, has responded to each of them, declaring his innocence and demanding that God give him answers. But in comes the speculative builder, and puts up this row of horrid bricks and mortar. old Persian apâkhtara, if this name of the north really denotes the "starless" region, Greek ζόφος, the north-west, from the root skap, σκεπᾶν, σκεπανός (Curtius, Griech. 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