Job 26:6
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New International Version
The realm of the dead is naked before God; Destruction lies uncovered.

New Living Translation
The underworld is naked in God's presence. The place of destruction is uncovered.

English Standard Version
Sheol is naked before God, and Abaddon has no covering.

New American Standard Bible
"Naked is Sheol before Him, And Abaddon has no covering.

King James Bible
Hell is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Sheol is naked before God, and Abaddon has no covering.

International Standard Version
Sheol is naked before God and Abaddon has no clothes.

NET Bible
The underworld is naked before God; the place of destruction lies uncovered.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Sheol is naked in God's presence, and Abaddon has no clothing.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The nether-world is naked before Him, And Destruction hath no covering.

New American Standard 1977
“Naked is Sheol before Him
            And Abaddon has no covering.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Sheol is naked before him, and hell has no covering.

King James 2000 Bible
Sheol is naked before him, and destruction has no covering.

American King James Version
Hell is naked before him, and destruction has no covering.

American Standard Version
Sheol is naked before God , And Abaddon hath no covering.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hell is naked before him, and there is no covering for destruction.

Darby Bible Translation
Sheol is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering.

English Revised Version
Sheol is naked before him, and Abaddon hath no covering.

Webster's Bible Translation
Hell is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering.

World English Bible
Sheol is naked before God, and Abaddon has no covering.

Young's Literal Translation
Naked is Sheol over-against Him, And there is no covering to destruction.
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Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - Hell is naked before him; i.e. "can hide nothing from his eyes" - shows all its inmost recesses. And destruction hath no covering; rather, Abaddon hath no covering (see the Revised Version). Abaddon is sometimes "destruction," sometimes "the angel of the bottomless pit" (Revelation 9:11), sometimes "the bottomless pit itself" (Proverbs 15:11). Here the last of these three senses seems to suit best - the deepest depth of the bottomless pit is no secret to God," but "naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do" (Hebrews 4:13)

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Hell is naked before him,.... Which may be taken either for the place of the damned, as it sometimes is; and then the sense is, that though it is hidden from men, and they know not where it is, or who are in it, and what is done and suffered there; yet it is all known to God: he knows the place thereof, for it is made, ordained, and prepared by him; he knows who are there, even all the wicked dead, and all the nations that forget God, being cast there by him; he knows the torments they endure, for the smoke of them continually ascends before him; and he knows all their malice and envy, their enmity to him, and blasphemy of him; for thither are they gone down with their weapons of war, and have laid their swords under their heads, Ezekiel 32:27; or for Hades, the invisible world of spirits, or state of the dead, as the Septuagint version renders the word; though that is unseen to men, it is naked and open to the eye of God; or for the grave, in which the bodies of men are laid; which is the frequent sense of the word used, Psalm 88:11; and though this is a land of darkness, and where the light is as darkness, yet God can look into it; and the dust of men therein is carefully observed and preserved by him, and will be raised again at the last day; who has the keys of death and hell, or the grave, and can open it at his pleasure, and cause it to give up the dead that are therein:

and destruction hath no covering; and may design the same as before, either hell, the place of the damned, where men are destroyed soul and body with an everlasting destruction; or the grave, which the Targum calls the house of destruction, as it sometimes is, the pit of destruction and corruption; because bodies cast into it corrupt and putrefy, and are destroyed in it; and there is nothing to cover either the one or the other from the all seeing eye of God; see Psalm 139:7; as hell is supposed to be under the earth, and the grave is in it, Job is as yet on things below, and from hence rises to those above, in the following words.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. (Job 38:17; Ps 139:8; Pr 5:11).

destruction—the abode of destruction, that is, of lost souls. Hebrew, Abaddon (Re 9:11).

no covering—from God's eyes.

Job 26:6 Additional Commentaries
Job: who Can Understand God's Majesty
5"The departed spirits tremble Under the waters and their inhabitants. 6"Naked is Sheol before Him, And Abaddon has no covering. 7"He stretches out the north over empty space And hangs the earth on nothing.…
Cross References
Hebrews 4:13
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Revelation 9:11
They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in Greek is Apollyon (that is, Destroyer).

Job 3:13
For now I would be lying down in peace; I would be asleep and at rest

Job 9:5
He moves mountains without their knowing it and overturns them in his anger.

Job 11:8
They are higher than the heavens above--what can you do? They are deeper than the depths below--what can you know?

Job 28:22
Destruction and Death say, "Only a rumor of it has reached our ears."

Job 31:12
It is a fire that burns to Destruction; it would have uprooted my harvest.

Job 38:17
Have the gates of death been shown to you? Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness?

Job 41:11
Who has a claim against me that I must pay? Everything under heaven belongs to me.

Psalm 139:8
If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

Proverbs 15:11
Death and Destruction lie open before the LORD-- how much more do human hearts!

Proverbs 27:20
Death and Destruction are never satisfied, and neither are human eyes.

Daniel 2:22
He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him.
Treasury of Scripture

Hell is naked before him, and destruction has no covering.


Job 11:8 It is as high as heaven; what can you do? deeper than hell; what can you know?

Psalm 139:8,11 If I ascend up into heaven, you are there: if I make my bed in hell, …

Proverbs 15:11 Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the …

Isaiah 14:9 Hell from beneath is moved for you to meet you at your coming: it …

Amos 9:2 Though they dig into hell, there shall my hand take them; though …

Hebrews 4:13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight…


Job 28:22 Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears.

Psalm 88:10 Will you show wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise you? Selah.

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