Job 26:11
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New International Version
The pillars of the heavens quake, aghast at his rebuke.

New Living Translation
The foundations of heaven tremble; they shudder at his rebuke.

English Standard Version
The pillars of heaven tremble and are astounded at his rebuke.

New American Standard Bible
"The pillars of heaven tremble And are amazed at His rebuke.

King James Bible
The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The pillars that hold up the sky tremble, astounded at His rebuke.

International Standard Version
The pillars of the heavens tremble and are astounded at his rebuke.

NET Bible
The pillars of the heavens tremble and are amazed at his rebuke.

New Heart English Bible
The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his rebuke.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished when he yells at them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The pillars of heaven tremble And are astonished at His rebuke.

New American Standard 1977
“The pillars of heaven tremble,
            And are amazed at His rebuke.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof.

King James 2000 Bible
The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his rebuke.

American King James Version
The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof.

American Standard Version
The pillars of heaven tremble And are astonished at his rebuke.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The pillars of heaven tremble, and dread at his beck.

Darby Bible Translation
The pillars of the heavens tremble and are astonished at his rebuke.

English Revised Version
The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his rebuke.

Webster's Bible Translation
The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof.

World English Bible
The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his rebuke.

Young's Literal Translation
Pillars of the heavens do tremble, And they wonder because of His rebuke.
Study Bible
Job: who Can Understand God's Majesty
10"He has inscribed a circle on the surface of the waters At the boundary of light and darkness. 11"The pillars of heaven tremble And are amazed at His rebuke. 12"He quieted the sea with His power, And by His understanding He shattered Rahab.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 22:8
"Then the earth shook and quaked, The foundations of heaven were trembling And were shaken, because He was angry.

Job 26:10
"He has inscribed a circle on the surface of the waters At the boundary of light and darkness.

Job 26:12
"He quieted the sea with His power, And by His understanding He shattered Rahab.
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The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof.

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(11) The pillars of heaven tremble.--The phenomenon of storm and tempest is alluded to.

Verse 11. - The pillars of heaven tremble. The "pillars of heaven" are the mountains, on which the sky seems to rest. These "tremble," or seem to tremble, at the presence of God (Psalm 18:7; Psalm 114:4; Isaiah 5:25) when he visits the earth in storm and tempest, either because the whole atmosphere is full of disturbance, and the outline of the mountains shifts and changes as rain and storm sweep over them, or because the reverberations of the thunder, which shake the air, seem to shake the earth also. And are astonished at his reproof. To the mind of the poet this "trembling" is expressive of astonishment and consternation. He regards the mountains as hearing the voice of God in the storm, recognizing it as raised in anger, and so trembling and cowering before him. The pillars of heaven tremble,.... Which may be understood either of the air, the lower part of the heavens, which may be thought to be the foundation, prop, and support of them, and is sometimes called the firmament, and "the firmament of his power", Psalm 150:1; and which seems to tremble when there are thunder and lightnings, and coruscations in it; or else the mountains, which, reaching up to the heavens, look as if they were the pillars and support of them; and are indeed said to be the foundations of heaven, which move and shake and tremble at the presence and power of God, and at any expressions of his wrath and anger, and particularly through earthquakes and storms, and tempests of thunder and lightning; see 2 Samuel 22:8, which are meant by what follows:

and are astonished at his reproof; his voice of thunder, which is sometimes awful and terrible, astonishing and surprising; and, to set forth the greatness of it, inanimate creatures are represented as trembling, and astonished at it; see Psalm 104:7; some interpret this figuratively of angels, who they suppose are employed in the direction of the heavens, and the motion of the heavenly bodies; and who they think are the same which in the New Testament are called "the powers of heaven said to be shaken", Matthew 24:29; and to be the seraphim that covered their faces upon a glorious display of the majesty of God, and when the posts of the door of the temple moved at the voice of him that cried, Isaiah 6:1; but if a figurative sense may be admitted of, the principal persons in the church, sometimes signified by heaven in Scripture, may be thought of; as ministers of the word, who are pillars in the house of God; yea, every true member of the church of God is made a pillar in it; and these tremble, and are astonished oftentimes when the Lord rebukes them by afflictions, though it is in love and kindness to them, Proverbs 9:1. 11. pillars—poetically for the mountains which seem to bear up the sky (Ps 104:32).

astonished—namely, from terror. Personification.

his reproof—(Ps 104:7). The thunder, reverberating from cliff to cliff (Hab 3:10; Na 1:5).26:5-14 Many striking instances are here given of the wisdom and power of God, in the creation and preservation of the world. If we look about us, to the earth and waters here below, we see his almighty power. If we consider hell beneath, though out of our sight, yet we may conceive the discoveries of God's power there. If we look up to heaven above, we see displays of God's almighty power. By his Spirit, the eternal Spirit that moved upon the face of the waters, the breath of his mouth, Ps 33:6, he has not only made the heavens, but beautified them. By redemption, all the other wonderful works of the Lord are eclipsed; and we may draw near, and taste his grace, learn to love him, and walk with delight in his ways. The ground of the controversy between Job and the other disputants was, that they unjustly thought from his afflictions that he must have been guilty of heinous crimes. They appear not to have duly considered the evil and just desert of original sin; nor did they take into account the gracious designs of God in purifying his people. Job also darkened counsel by words without knowledge. But his views were more distinct. He does not appear to have alleged his personal righteousness as the ground of his hope towards God. Yet what he admitted in a general view of his case, he in effect denied, while he complained of his sufferings as unmerited and severe; that very complaint proving the necessity for their being sent, in order to his being further humbled in the sight of God.
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