I can do with certain of these things and I can do without them. Job 26:7 He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing. (u) Physic. The earth is a “ ‘circle,’ ” or sphere (Job … 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. 13:2), "What you know, the same do I know also.’’ Oh, says the utilitarian, righteousness is a coarse fibre,--self-interest. The Church is the master of those great emotions of sympathy, of sentiment, of righteousness, of hope. By the hangman’s noose. "He stretches out the north over empty space": "God"s creation of the skies was likened by Job to His stretching out a tent on a pole. He says, if you want to explain animal life you must go back to--what? And we believe that at last the things that are seen rest upon the wise and eternal will of God, over all blessed forever. Job 26:8 - 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. 3.) The same word as is used, Genesis 1:2, The earth was without form, תהו tohu . nothing, (no-thing,) and is found in the Scriptures only here. Says he, What about the Church? 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). Of the south the inhabitants of Idumea knew nothing; nor could they have any notion of inhabitants in that hemisphere. Job 26:5 Dead things are formed from under the waters, and the inhabitants thereof. How is society held together? Bildad ought to have laid before Job the consolations, rather than the terrors of the Almighty. For a brief sketch of the conflicting opinions of the ancients upon this subject the reader is referred to Etheridge’s “Hebrew Literature,” p. 272. Among the ancient poets the north pole was used synonymously for the heavens, and in this sense, may be employed here. He divided light from darkness by a circle drawn on the face of the sea. modern Arabic lâsh, or even mâsh, compounded of Arab. Looking to help your church and family stay connected to the Word while social distancing? Job 26:7, NIV: "He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing." 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. There was a time when there was not a single plant on the planet. 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 "north" is the celestial pole around which the universe appears to revolve. "That myth supposed that the earth was a flat disc resting on the `great deep,' an ocean of waters, standing for Chaos." Click a verse to see commentary Select a resource above Job Replies: God’s Majesty Is Unsearchable. 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 air (x), poised with its own weight (y), or kept in this form and manner by the centre of gravity, and so some Jewish writers (z) 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.''. We say, not the sensational, not the material, but the visible universe, hangs on nothing--on the unseen power of the spiritual God. (It should be kept in mind that Job is … It is the spiritual that governs society. (1-4) Job acknowledges the power of God. You go to some sceptical men today and ask them, What holds this earth up? From the starry heavens and the earth Job turns to the celestial and sub-celestial waters. The heavens are oft and fitly said to be spread or stretched out like a curtain or tent, to which they are resembled. And whose spirit spoke from your mouth? (1-7) He wishes for death. "He stretches out the north over empty space", John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. Some have attempted to explain the latter clause of the destitution caused by famine; but that is precluded by the terms of the first clause. (Calmet) --- All tends to the centre, (Menochius) by the laws of attraction. north. 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! 7 He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing. Apply to Editor, Network Operations Technician, Sr. Business Controller and more! Bible Commentary / Produced by TOW Project At this point, a young bystander named Elihu enters the discussion. That the sky should overarch the immeasurable void without visible supports was always a marvel to the Oriental mind. Well, I say this, the Church is the master of the forces that mould society, that is all. (Job 25-26) March 27-28 ... (Job 26:7). "He hangeth the earth מיא עלוי upon the waters, with no one to sustain it." 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. But now in verse 7 he changes the direction of his thinking to those things that are above. 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. Job 26:8 He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under them. The north is stretched out and sustained by the mere power of God. Coercion, penalties, punishments--society rests there! Job 15:5 For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity, and thou choosest the tongue of the crafty.. Ver. בּלימה, not anything equals nothing (comp. The policeman’s handcuffs, that is it. 7 He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing. 1. We won’t stay here, but we will go with the sublime philosophy of the text, to the living God. Etymologie, ii. Then let my wife grind unto another] i.e. Job reproves Bildad. 1. , or kept in this form and manner by the centre of gravity, and so some Jewish writersF26Ben Gersom & Bar Tzemach in loc. I say, let us, in these days of materialism, keep well this before the world--“In the beginning God,” the first cause, God in whom all things are held together; God who directs everything to a noble and adequate consummation. ((z) Ben Gersom & Bar Tzemach in loc. I highly recommend a wonderful essay on Job and … Continue reading "Commentary on Job 1:1-22" The pillars of the heavens quake, aghast at his rebuke. therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. I am sorry for Minister Christopher Tufton. (Ovid, Fast, vi.) 8 He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under them. 4.4 out of 5 stars 8. The north is stretched out and sustained by the mere power of God. Job 26:7 - He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing. The elephant and tortoise again! 3. vol. 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. 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. 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. He wraps up the waters in his clouds, yet the clouds do not burst under their weight. A true grease monkey, get under the the hood and get your hands dirty in our simulated mechanic's shop! 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. 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. - It has nothing to support it. Job 26:8 - He wraps up the waters in his clouds, yet the clouds do not burst under their weight. Aero sublato tam grave pendet onus (Ovid. If you come to look at them, they are all metaphysical. But God permitted "the satan", one of the heavenly minions, to “Liberty, equality, fraternity?” Let us drop that legend and take up these which come nearer co the point--sympathy, righteousness, hope. Same word as in Genesis 1:2. Where did they all come from? What have we got in the Church? 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. Commentary on Job 38-42 (Job Meets God) June 22, 2015 Bill Pratt Leave a comment. See Job 9:6. 26 Job said in reply: 2 “How you have helped the one with no power! There in nature, as Job says, “He hangeth the earth upon nothing.” He says that the basis of the world is invisible and metaphysical; in a word we say in this place that the ultimate factor in nature is spiritual; that out of the spiritual arose the visible; that the spiritual holds the visible together; that the spiritual governs the visible and directs it to some intelligent and noble goal. 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. We enter this week into one of the most difficult and theologically sophisticated books of the Old Testament: the book of Job. - It has nothing to support it. Job 26 Commentary: Things Above And so, Job was just considering those below and under. The sentiment here expressed by Job was probably the common opinion of his time. Until this time, Job's knowledge of god was based on what he had heard from others. He streteheth out the north over the empty place, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. Society does not rest there. Oh no, no, no, it is not far enough back; it is stopping once more at the elephant and tortoise. Go to the sceptical geologist and say, “What do things rest upon?” He says, “The earth you walk upon rests upon the carboniferous epoch.” “Yes, and what does that rest upon? 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. ScheuchzerF21Physic. Elihu's speech, recorded in Job 32-37, points out that there is a hidden purpose in God's discipline of Job. 7. (g) He causes the whole earth to turn about the North pole. John Trapp Complete Commentary. Usually ships within 7 days. It is God who fills the clouds with water and keeps them from bursting with the weight. with Rosenm., Ges., Umbr., Vaih., Hahn, and Olsh., to be understood of the northern sky, which is prominently mentioned, because there is the pole of the vault of heaven, which is marked by the Pole-star, there the constellation of the greater Bear (עשׁ, Job 9:9) formed by the seven bright stars, there (in the back of the bull, one of the northern constellations of the ecliptic) the group of the Pleiades (כּימה), there also, below the bull and the twins, Orion (כּסיל). Sacr. l. 1. He covers the face of the full moon, spreading his clouds over it. I see it as wrong to try to draw out scientific data about the creation of the universe from Genesis one. Tellurem, neque posse in terra sistere terram. But today they break their silence and start to do their comforting work on Job. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Job (The NIV Application Commentary). And how have you declared sound advice to many? And today in society, love plays the same part that gravitation plays in the physical universe. When these men say that everything is to be explained by natural laws, natural causes, natural sequences, we believe in natural laws, natural causes, natural sequences. That the love you feel to the world’s Saviour will prompt your obedience to the world’s Lawgiver. I never dared to speak of it, lest my landlord should put up my rent! I am not bound to the visible ceremonial Church. What are the three great words in the world today touching civilisation? “He hangeth the earth upon nothing.” Religion--what is religion? It occurs also in Lucretius: Terraque ut in media mundi regionne quieseat, Evallescere paullatim, et decrescere, pondus. 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 north must here mean the north pole, or northern hemisphere; and perhaps what is here stated may refer to the opinion that the earth was a vast extended plain, and the heavens poised upon it, resting on this plain all round the horizon. There they fix me up with the visible, mechanical, ceremonial Church. And they all hang upon the topmost star. “Oh,” he says, “one star hangs upon another.” Very good. You go to a sceptical astronomer and ask what keeps the universe up. Odic forces, nervous energy! Corporus in pedibus pondus sentimus inesse. One of the great factors is that wonderful thing you call love that has been working obscurely in the world from the beginning to this hour. Fab. Job 26:7 Context. How hast thou helped him that is without power? Job 26:7. I don’t think God comes out of it well.” What do … Continue reading "Commentary on Job 1:1; 2:1-10" These are suggested passages from the book of Job to be used for a sermon series. Job 26:7. 33:7; 104:9; Prov. Says one, the life of the universe is supernatural; says the other, we can only trust a tangible and material foundation. He stretcheth out the north - This whole passage is particularly interesting as giving a view of the cosmology which prevailed in those early times. And that is exactly what we in the Church refuse to do. And whose spirit came from you? The pillars of the heavens quake, aghast at his rebuke. Watch our overview video on the book of Job, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. FREE Shipping by Amazon. 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). 3.) "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:''. It is like a man who believes the earth wants shoring up. Hence it is here put for the whole heaven which, held up by the word of God’s power, without any other props, leaneth upon the liquid air, the air upon the earth, and the earth upon nothing. 96 Sports Commentary jobs available on Indeed.com. 26. the Lord our God, who by his word alone beareth up heaven and earth (This is the very finger of God, Aristotle himself admireth it, De Cael. And so, Eliphaz begins to speak and tries to comfort Job today. 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