Job 25
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1  Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said:

א  וַיַּעַן בִּלְדַּד הַשֻּׁחִי וַיֹּאמַר.

2  Dominion and fear are with Him; He maketh peace in His high places.

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ב  הַמְשֵׁל וָפַחַד עִמּוֹ עֹשֶׂה שָׁלוֹם בִּמְרוֹמָיו.

25:2   He maketh peace in high places

These words form the first part of a famous Jewish prayer: “He maketh peace in high place, He will make peace upon us and upon all the house of Israel, and let us say: Amen.” The medieval commentator Rashi explains that the Hebrew word for heaven, ‘shamayim,’ comes from the Hebrew words ‘aish’ (fire) and ‘mayim’ (water), as the two came together in harmony to make up the heavens (Genesis 1:8). The prayer, said at the end of the ‘Amidah,’ the central prayer of the Jewish liturgy, represents the hope for peace in this world, just as the Lord has made peace in the heavens.

Comment

3  Is there any number of His armies? And upon whom doth not His light arise?

ג  הֲיֵשׁ מִסְפָּר לִגְדוּדָיו וְעַל מִי לֹא יָקוּם אוֹרֵהוּ.

4  How then can man be just with God? Or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?

ד  וּמַה יִּצְדַּק אֱנוֹשׁ עִם אֵל וּמַה יִּזְכֶּה יְלוּד אִשָּׁה.

5  Behold, even the moon hath no brightness, and the stars are not pure in His sight;

ה  הֵן עַד יָרֵחַ וְלֹא יַאֲהִיל וְכוֹכָבִים לֹא זַכּוּ בְעֵינָיו.

6  How much less man, that is a worm! and the son of man, that is a maggot!

ו  אַף כִּי אֱנוֹשׁ רִמָּה וּבֶן אָדָם תּוֹלֵעָה.

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Job 25