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Job 26:14 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— 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?
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— 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?
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “Behold, these are the fringes of His ways; And how faint a word we hear of Him! But His mighty thunder, who can understand?”
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— 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?
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— 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?
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Lo! these, are the fringes of his way, and what a whisper of a word hath been heard of him! But, the thunder of his might, who could understand?
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— 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?
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— 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?
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Loe, these [are] parts of his waies, but how little a portion is heard of him? but the thunder of his power who can vnderstand?
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Behold, these are parts of his way; and we will hearken to him at the least intimation of his word: but the strength of his thunder who knows, when he shall employ [it]?
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— 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?

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Lo, x2005
(2005) Complement
הֵן
hen
{hane}
A primitive particle; lo! also (as expressing surprise) if.
these x428
(0428) Complement
אֵלֶּה
'el-leh
{ale'-leh}
Prolonged from H0411; these or those.
[are] parts 7098
{7098} Prime
קָצָה
qatsah
{kaw-tsaw'}
Feminine of H7097; a termination (used like H7097).
of his ways: 1870
{1870} Prime
דֶּרֶךְ
derek
{deh'-rek}
From H1869; a road (as trodden); figuratively a course of life or mode of action, often adverbially.
but how x4100
(4100) Complement
מָּה
mah
{maw}
A primitive particle; properly interrogitive what? (including how?, why? and when?); but also exclamations like what! (including how!), or indefinitely what (including whatever, and even relatively that which); often used with prefixes in various adverbial or conjugational senses.
little 8102
{8102} Prime
שֵׁמֶץ
shemets
{sheh'-mets}
From an unused root meaning to emit a sound; an inkling.
a portion 1697
{1697} Prime
דָּבָר
dabar
{daw-baw'}
From H1696; a word; by implication a matter (as spoken of) or thing; adverbially a cause.
is heard 8085
{8085} Prime
שָׁמַע
shama`
{shaw-mah'}
A primitive root; to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively to tell, etc.).
z8738
<8738> Grammar
Stem - Niphal (See H8833)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 1429
of him? but the thunder 7482
{7482} Prime
רַעַם
ra`am
{rah'-am}
From H7481; a peal of thunder.
of his power 1369
{1369} Prime
גְּבוּרָה
g@buwrah
{gheb-oo-raw'}
Feminine passive participle from the same as H1368; force (literally or figuratively); by implication valor, victory.
who x4310
(4310) Complement
מִי
miy
{me}
An interrogitive pronoun of persons, as H4100 is of things, who? (occasionally, by a peculiar idiom, of things); also (indefinitely) whoever; often used in oblique construction with prefix or suffix.
can understand? 995
{0995} Prime
בִּין
biyn
{bene}
A primitive root; to separate mentally (or distinguish), that is, (generally) understand.
z8709
<8709> Grammar
Stem - Hithpolel (See H8824)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 45
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Job 26:5-14.


Job 26:14

_ _ 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” (1 Corinthians 13:9, 1 Corinthians 13:10, 1 Corinthians 13:12).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Job 26:5-14.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Job 26:14

Parts — But small parcels, the outside and visible work. Portion — Of his power and wisdom, and providence. His Power — His mighty power, is aptly compared to thunder; in regard of its irresistible force, and the terror which it causes to wicked men.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Job 26:14

Lo, these [are] parts of his ways: but (m) how little a portion is heard of him? but the thunder of his power who can understand?

(m) If these few things which we see daily with our eyes, declare his great power and providence, how much more would they appear, if we were to comprehend all his works.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
how little:

Job 11:7-9 Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? ... The measure thereof [is] longer than the earth, and broader than the sea.
Psalms 139:6 [Such] knowledge [is] too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot [attain] unto it.
Psalms 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 hath created these [things], that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that [he is] strong in power; not one faileth. ... He giveth power to the faint; and to [them that have] no might he increaseth strength.
Romans 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable [are] his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
1 Corinthians 13:9-12 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. ... For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

the thunder:

Job 40:9 Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?
1 Samuel 2:10 The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the LORD shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed.
Psalms 29:3 The voice of the LORD [is] upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the LORD [is] upon many waters.
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1S 2:10. Jb 11:7; 40:9. Ps 29:3; 139:6; 145:3. Is 40:26. Ro 11:33. 1Co 13:9.

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