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
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?"

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?

Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
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.
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: …

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