Job 26:14
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New International Version
And these are but the outer fringe of his works; how faint the whisper we hear of him! Who then can understand the thunder of his power?"

New Living Translation
These are just the beginning of all that he does, merely a whisper of his power. Who, then, can comprehend the thunder of his power?"

English Standard Version
Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways, and how small a whisper do we hear of him! But the thunder of his power who can understand?”

New American Standard Bible
"Behold, these are the fringes of His ways; And how faint a word we hear of Him! But His mighty thunder, who can understand?"

King James Bible
Lo, these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard of him? but the thunder of his power who can understand?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
These are but the fringes of His ways; how faint is the word we hear of Him! Who can understand His mighty thunder?

International Standard Version
Indeed, these are the fringes of his ways, and how faint is the whisper we've heard of it! But who can comprehend the thunder of his might?"

NET Bible
Indeed, these are but the outer fringes of his ways! How faint is the whisper we hear of him! But who can understand the thunder of his power?"

New Heart English Bible
Look, these are but the outskirts of his ways. How small a whisper do we hear of him. But the thunder of his power who can understand?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"These are only glimpses of what he does. We [only] hear a whisper of him! Who can understand the thunder of his power?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
Lo, these are but the outskirts of His ways; And how small a whisper is heard of Him! But the thunder of His mighty deeds who can understand?

New American Standard 1977
“Behold, these are the fringes of His ways;
            And how faint a word we hear of Him!
            But His mighty thunder, who can understand?”



Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, these are parts of his ways; but how little a portion have we heard of him? For the thunder of his power, who shall understand?

King James 2000 Bible
Lo, these are only parts of his ways: and how little a whisper is heard of him? but the thunder of his power who can understand?

American King James Version
See, these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard of him? but the thunder of his power who can understand?

American Standard Version
Lo, these are but the outskirts of his ways: And how small a whisper do we hear of him! But the thunder of his power who can understand?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Lo, these things are said in part of his ways: and seeing we have heard scarce a little drop of his word, who shall be able to behold the thunder of his greatness?

Darby Bible Translation
Lo, these are the borders of his ways; but what a whisper of a word do we hear of him! And the thunder of his power, who can understand?

English Revised Version
Lo, these are but the outskirts of his ways: and how small a whisper do we hear of him! but the thunder of his power who can understand?

Webster's Bible Translation
Lo, these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard of him? but the thunder of his power who can understand?

World English Bible
Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways. How small a whisper do we hear of him! But the thunder of his power who can understand?"

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, these are the borders of His way, And how little a matter is heard of Him, And the thunder of His might Who doth understand?

Study Bible
Job: who Can Understand God's Majesty
13"By His breath the heavens are cleared; His hand has pierced the fleeing serpent. 14"Behold, these are the fringes of His ways; And how faint a word we hear of Him! But His mighty thunder, who can understand?"
Cross References
Job 4:12
"Now a word was brought to me stealthily, And my ear received a whisper of it.

Job 36:29
"Can anyone understand the spreading of the clouds, The thundering of His pavilion?

Job 37:4
"After it, a voice roars; He thunders with His majestic voice, And He does not restrain the lightnings when His voice is heard.

Job 37:5
"God thunders with His voice wondrously, Doing great things which we cannot comprehend.

Job 42:5
"I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; But now my eye sees You;

Habakkuk 3:4
His radiance is like the sunlight; He has rays flashing from His hand, And there is the hiding of His power.
Treasury of Scripture

See, these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard of him? but the thunder of his power who can understand?

how little

Job 11:7-9 Can you by searching find out God? can you find out the Almighty …

Psalm 139:6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain to it.

Psalm 145:3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.

Isaiah 40:26-29 Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who has created these things, …

Romans 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! …

1 Corinthians 13:9-12 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part…

the thunder

Job 40:9 Have you an arm like God? or can you thunder with a voice like him?

1 Samuel 2:10 The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven …

Psalm 29:3 The voice of the LORD is on the waters: the God of glory thunders: …

(14) These are parts.--Literally, ends--just the merest outskirts. For "is heard" we may render do we hear; and for "the thunder of His power," the thunder of His mighty deeds. We can only hear the faintest whisper of His glory, and cannot understand or endure the full-toned thunder of His majesty. Here, then, is Job's final reply to the arguments of his friends. He shows himself even more conscious than they of the grandeur and holiness of God; but that has in no way rendered his position as a sufferer more intelligible--rather the reverse--nor theirs as defenders of the theory of exact retribution. He cannot understand and they cannot explain; but while he rejects their explanations, he rests secure in his own faith.

Verse 14. - Lo, these are parts of his ways; literally, ends of his ways; i.e. the mere outskirts and fringe of his doings. But how small a portion is heard of him? rather, how small a whisper? But the thunder of his power who can understand?, or, the thunder of his mighty deeds. Job implies that he has not enumerated one-half of God's great works - he has just hinted at them, just whispered of them. If they were all thundered out in the ears of mortal man. who could receive them or comprehend them



Lo, these are parts of his ways,.... This is the conclusion of the discourse concerning the wonderful works of God; and Job was so far from thinking that he had taken notice of all, or even of the chief and principal, that what he observed were only the extremities, the edges, the borders, and outlines of the ways and works of God in creation and providence; wherefore, if these were so great and marvellous, what must the rest be which were out of the reach of men to point out and describe?

but how little a portion is heard of him? from the creatures, from the works of creation, whether in heaven, earth, or sea; for though they do declare in some measure his glory, and though their voice is heard everywhere, and shows forth the knowledge of him; even exhibits to view his invisible things, his eternal power and Godhead; yet it is comparatively so faint a light, that men grope as it were in the dark, if haply they might find him, having nothing but the light of nature to guide them. We hear the most of him in his word, and by his Son Jesus Christ, in whose face the knowledge of him, and his glorious perfections, is given; and yet we know but in part, and prophesy in part; it is but little in comparison of what is in him, and indeed of what will be heard and known of him hereafter in eternity:

but the thunder of his power who can understand? meaning not literally thunder, which though it is a voice peculiar to God, and is very strong and powerful, as appears by the effects of it; see Job 40:9; yet is not so very unintelligible as to be taken notice of so peculiarly, and to be instanced in as above all things out, of the reach of the understanding of men; but rather the attribute of his power, of which Job had been discoursing, and giving so many instances of; and yet there is such an exceeding greatness in it, as not to be comprehended and thoroughly understood by all that appear to our view; for his mighty power is such as is able to subdue all things to himself, and reaches to things we cannot conceive of. Ben Gersom, not amiss, applies this to the greatness and multitude of the decrees of God; and indeed if those works of his which are in sight cannot be fully understood by us, how should we be able to understand things that are secret and hidden in his own breast, until by his mighty power they are carried into execution? see 1 Corinthians 2:9. 14. parts—Rather, "only the extreme boundaries of," etc., and how faint is the whisper that we hear of Him!

thunder—the entire fulness. In antithesis to "whisper" (1Co 13:9, 10, 12). 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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