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Job 36:26 Commentary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

26. we know him not ] He is so great as to transcend all knowledge of man. The Eternity of God is referred to in the second clause in order to fill the mind more completely with the sense of His greatness.

Chap. Job 36:26-33. The greatness and unsearchableness of God, seen in His marvellous operations in the skies; and exhortation to Job to allow these wonders duly to impress him, and to bow beneath the greatness of God, who surpasses all comprehension

The passage has two sections:

First, ch. Job 36:26 to Job 37:13, the incomprehensible greatness of God, seen in the phenomena of the atmosphere: in the formation of the rain-drops (ch. Job 36:26-28); in the thunder-storm (ch. Job 36:29 to Job 37:5); in snow and ice, which seals up the hand of man and makes him powerless before the mighty power of God ( Job 36:6-10); in His lading the cloud with moisture, and guiding it to the fulfilment of His varied behests upon the whole earth ( Job 36:11-13).

Second, ch. Job 37:14-21, Elihu exhorts Job to consider these marvels of Him which is wonderful in counsel and excellent in working, and to let them duly impress him; bidding him behold the wonderful balancing of the summer cloud in the heavens, when the earth is still with the south wind ( Job 36:14-17), and the burnished sky is stretched out like a molten mirror ( Job 36:18). With what words shall man come before the Omnipotent to contend with Him! Man, who is dazzled by the light of the sky, how should he behold the terrible glory around God! Therefore all men do fear Him; and He hath not respect to those that are wise in their own understanding ( Job 36:19-21).

Ch. Job 36:26 to Job 37:13, The greatness of God and the wonderfulness of His operations in the phenomena of the atmosphere.

Consult other comments:

Job 36:26 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Job 36:26 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Job 36:26 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Job 36:26 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Job 36:26 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Job 36:26 - Geneva Bible Notes

Job 36:26 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Job 36:26 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Job 36:26 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Job 36:26 - Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament

Job 36:26 - The People's Bible by Joseph Parker

Job 36:26 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Job 36:26 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Job 36:26 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Job 36:26 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges