Job 26
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1  Then Iyov said in reply:

א  וַיַּעַן אִיּוֹב וַיֹּאמַר׃

2  You would help without having the strength; You would deliver with arms that have no power.

meh a-ZAR-ta l’-lo KHO-akh ho-SHA-ta z’-RO-a lo OZ

ב  מֶה־עָזַרְתָּ לְלֹא־כֹחַ הוֹשַׁעְתָּ זְרוֹעַ לֹא־עֹז׃

26:2   You would deliver with arms that have no power

Iyov acknowledges that while Bildad intentions are good, in reality his words are of no assistance, since they do not provide any comfort. Though Bildad and Iyov’s other friends are trying to help, Iyov finds their statements very hurtful. It is often difficult to find the right words to comfort a grieving friend. In Jewish practice, a traditional formula is said when trying to comfort a mourner: “May the Omnipresent comfort you among the mourners of Tzion and Yerushalayim.” Since Hashem is the only One who can truly understand the suffering of the individual, and the only One who can really bring comfort, we call upon Him to comfort the mourner. The word for ‘Omnipresent’ is hamakom (המקום), which literally means ‘the place.’ We pray that Hashem comforts the mourner, and that the mourner recognize God’s presence even in the difficult place in which he currently finds himself.Comment

3  Without having the wisdom, you offer advice And freely give your counsel.

ג  מַה־יָּעַצְתָּ לְלֹא חָכְמָה וְתוּשִׁיָּה לָרֹב הוֹדָעְתָּ׃

4  To whom have you addressed words? Whose breath issued from you?

ד  אֶת־מִי הִגַּדְתָּ מִלִּין וְנִשְׁמַת־מִי יָצְאָה מִמֶּךָּ׃

5  The shades tremble Beneath the waters and their denizens.

ה  הָרְפָאִים יְחוֹלָלוּ מִתַּחַת מַיִם וְשֹׁכְנֵיהֶם׃

6  Sheol is naked before Him; Abaddon has no cover.

ו  עָרוֹם שְׁאוֹל נֶגְדּוֹ וְאֵין כְּסוּת לָאֲבַדּוֹן׃

7  He it is who stretched out Zaphon over chaos, Who suspended earth over emptiness.

ז  נֹטֶה צָפוֹן עַל־תֹּהוּ תֹּלֶה אֶרֶץ עַל־בְּלִי־מָה׃

8  He wrapped up the waters in His clouds; Yet no cloud burst under their weight.

ח  צֹרֵר־מַיִם בְּעָבָיו וְלֹא־נִבְקַע עָנָן תַּחְתָּם׃

9  He shuts off the view of His throne, Spreading His cloud over it.

ט  מְאַחֵז פְּנֵי־כִסֵּה פַּרְשֵׁז עָלָיו עֲנָנוֹ׃

10  He drew a boundary on the surface of the waters, At the extreme where light and darkness meet.

י  חֹק־חָג עַל־פְּנֵי־מָיִם עַד־תַּכְלִית אוֹר עִם־חֹשֶׁךְ׃

11  The pillars of heaven tremble, Astounded at His blast.

יא  עַמּוּדֵי שָׁמַיִם יְרוֹפָפוּ וְיִתְמְהוּ מִגַּעֲרָתוֹ׃

12  By His power He stilled the sea; By His skill He struck down Rahab.

יב  בְּכֹחוֹ רָגַע הַיָּם ובתובנתו [וּבִתְבוּנָתוֹ] מָחַץ רָהַב׃

13  By His wind the heavens were calmed; His hand pierced the Elusive Serpent.

יג  בְּרוּחוֹ שָׁמַיִם שִׁפְרָה חֹלֲלָה יָדוֹ נָחָשׁ בָּרִיחַ׃

14  These are but glimpses of His rule, The mere whisper that we perceive of Him; Who can absorb the thunder of His mighty deeds?

 

יד  הֶן־אֵלֶּה קְצוֹת דרכו [דְּרָכָיו] וּמַה־שֵּׁמֶץ דָּבָר נִשְׁמַע־בּוֹ וְרַעַם גבורתו [גְּבוּרוֹתָיו] מִי יִתְבּוֹנָן׃

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