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James Nisbet's Church Pulpit Commentary

Job 26



Verse 14


‘The thunder of His power who can understand?’

Job 26:14

We come here to Job’s answer.

I. This as to Bildad occupies but one chapter, which is characterised from beginning to end by scorn for the man who has no more to say.—In a series of fierce exclamations he reveals the impotence of all that his friend has said to help him in any way.

II. Then, in order to show the poverty of Bildad’s argument, he speaks of the greatness of God in order to show that he knows it, and even more perfectly than his friends. God’s power is exercised in the under-world. The ‘shades tremble,’ the grave ‘is naked,’ destruction has ‘no covering.’ The whole material fabric is upheld simply by His power. The mysteries of controlled waters and light and darkness are within the sphere of His government. The sweeping storm and its disappearance are alike by His power and spirit. Having thus in almost overwhelming poetic beauty suggested his consciousness of the greatness and government of God, he declares that all these things are but the ‘outskirts of His ways,’ that, after all, everything that man is conscious of is but ‘a whisper’ of God. The ‘thunder of His power’ is evidently beyond human comprehension.


‘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.… Says one, The life of the universe is supernatural; says the other, We can only trust a tangible and material foundation.… We believe that at last the things that are seen rest upon the wise and eternal will of God, over all, blessed for ever. When men say that everything is to be explained by natural laws, natural causes, natural sequences, we believe in natural laws, natural causes, natural sequences. 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.’


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Nisbet, James. "Commentary on Job 26:4". Church Pulpit Commentary. 1876.

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