Job 26:13
New International Version
By his breath the skies became fair; his hand pierced the gliding serpent.

New Living Translation
His Spirit made the heavens beautiful, and his power pierced the gliding serpent.

English Standard Version
By his wind the heavens were made fair; his hand pierced the fleeing serpent.

Berean Study Bible
By His breath the skies were cleared; His hand pierced the fleeing serpent.

New American Standard Bible
"By His breath the heavens are cleared; His hand has pierced the fleeing serpent.

King James Bible
By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent.

Christian Standard Bible
By his breath the heavens gained their beauty; his hand pierced the fleeing serpent.

Contemporary English Version
The heavens became bright when he breathed, and the escaping sea monster died at his hands.

Good News Translation
It is his breath that made the sky clear, and his hand that killed the escaping monster.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
By His breath the heavens gained their beauty; His hand pierced the fleeing serpent.

International Standard Version
he clears the skies with his wind; his hands have pierced the fleeing serpent.

NET Bible
By his breath the skies became fair; his hand pierced the fleeing serpent.

New Heart English Bible
By his Spirit the heavens are garnished. His hand has pierced the swift serpent.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
With his wind the sky was cleared. With his hand he stabbed the fleeing snake.

JPS Tanakh 1917
By His breath the heavens are serene; His hand hath pierced the slant serpent.

New American Standard 1977
“By His breath the heavens are cleared; His hand has pierced the fleeing serpent.

Jubilee Bible 2000
By his spirit he has adorned the heavens; his hand has formed the fleeing serpent.

King James 2000 Bible
By his spirit he has adorned the heavens; his hand has pierced the fleeing serpent.

American King James Version
By his spirit he has garnished the heavens; his hand has formed the crooked serpent.

American Standard Version
By his Spirit the heavens are garnished; His hand hath pierced the swift serpent.

Douay-Rheims Bible
His spirit hath adorned the heavens, and his obstetric hand brought forth the winding serpent.

Darby Bible Translation
By his Spirit the heavens are adorned; his hand hath formed the fleeing serpent.

English Revised Version
By his spirit the heavens are garnished; his hand hath pierced the swift serpent.

Webster's Bible Translation
By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent.

World English Bible
By his Spirit the heavens are garnished. His hand has pierced the swift serpent.

Young's Literal Translation
By His Spirit the heavens He beautified, Formed hath His hand the fleeing serpent.
Study Bible
Job: Who Can Understand God's Majesty?
12By His power He stilled the sea, and by His understanding He shattered Rahab. 13By His breath the skies were cleared; His hand pierced the fleeing serpent. 14Indeed, these are but the fringes of His ways; how faint is the whisper we hear of Him! Who then can understand the thunder of His power?”…
Cross References
Job 9:8
He alone stretches out the heavens, and treads on the waves of the sea.

Isaiah 27:1
In that day the LORD will take His sharp, great, and mighty sword, and bring judgment on Leviathan, the fleeing serpent--Leviathan, the coiling serpent--and He will slay the dragon of the sea.

Treasury of Scripture

By his spirit he has garnished the heavens; his hand has formed the crooked serpent.

his spirit

Genesis 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the …

Psalm 33:6,7 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of …

Psalm 104:30 You send forth your spirit, they are created: and you renew the face …

the crooked serpent

Psalm 74:13,14 You did divide the sea by your strength: you brake the heads of the …

Isaiah 27:1 In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall …

Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, …







Lexicon
By His breath
בְּ֭רוּחוֹ (bə·rū·ḥōw)
Preposition-b | Noun - common singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7307: Wind, breath, exhalation, life, anger, unsubstantiality, a region of the sky, spirit

the skies
שָׁמַ֣יִם (šā·ma·yim)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8064: Heaven, sky

were cleared;
שִׁפְרָ֑ה (šip̄·rāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8235: Fairness, clearness (of sky)

His hand
יָ֝ד֗וֹ (yā·ḏōw)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3027: A hand

pierced
חֹֽלֲלָ֥ה (ḥō·lă·lāh)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2490: To bore, to wound, to dissolve, to profane, to break, to begin, to play

the fleeing
בָּרִֽיחַ׃ (bā·rî·aḥ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1281: A fugitive, the serpent

serpent.
נָחָ֥שׁ (nā·ḥāš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5175: A serpent
(13) The crooked serpent.--By this expression is doubtless meant the forked lightning-flash, though it is difficult to determine whether any, or what mythological ideas may underlie the expression, or whether it is anything more than a figure derived from the natural world, which suggested the similitude of the flying serpent. Others understand by it the constellation of the Northern Dragon, to whose influence storms were ascribed.

Verse 13. - By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; or, by his spirit the heavens are brightness; i.e. at a breath from his mouth the heavens, lately all cloud and storm (vers. 8-11), recover their serenity, are calm and clear and bright. Our experience says, "After a storm comes a calm." Job notes that both alike are from God. His hand hath formed the crooked serpent; rather, his hand hath pierced the swift serpent (see the Revised Version). The reference is probably to "the war in heaven," already suggested by the mention of" Rahab" (ver. 12). In that war, according to the tradition that had reached Job, a great serpent, like the Egyptian Apepi (Apophis), had borne a part. 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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