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Job declares his sentiments of the wisdom and power of God.

[1] Then Job answered, and said: [2] Whose helper art thou? is it of him that is weak? and dost thou hold up the arm of him that has no strength? [3] To whom hast thou given counsel? perhaps to him that hath no wisdom, and thou hast shewn thy very great prudence. [4] Whom hast thou desired to teach? was it not him that made life? [5] Behold the giants groan under the waters, and they that dwell with them.

[6] Hell is naked before him, and there is no covering for destruction. [7] He stretched out the north over the empty space, and hangeth the earth upon nothing. [8] He bindeth up the waters in his clouds, so that they break not out and fall down together. [9] He withholdeth the face of his throne, and spreadeth his cloud over it. [10] He hath set bounds about the waters, till light and darkness come to an end.

[11] The pillars of heaven tremble, and dread at his beck. [12] By his power the seas are suddenly gathered together, and his wisdom has struck the proud one. [13] His spirit hath adorned the heavens, and his obstetric hand brought forth the winding serpent. [14] 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?

[13] "His obstetric hand brought forth the winding serpent": That is, the omnipotent power of God: which brought forth all things created in time, but conceived in the Divine mind from all eternity. The winding serpent, a constellation of fixed stars winding round the north pole, called Draco. This appears from the foregoing part of the same verse, His spirit hath adorned the heavens.

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