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Job 25:1–6

Bildad Speaks: Man Cannot Be Righteous

25 Then oBildad the Shuhite answered and said:

“Dominion and fear are with God;1

he makes peace in his high heaven.

Is there any number to his parmies?

Upon whom does his qlight not arise?

How then can man be rin the right before God?

How can he who is sborn of woman be tpure?

Behold, even the moon is not bright,

and the stars are not pure in his eyes;

uhow much less man, who is va maggot,

and wthe son of man, who is a worm!”

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Job 25:1–6 — The New International Version (NIV)

Then Bildad the Shuhite replied:

“Dominion and awe belong to God;

he establishes order in the heights of heaven.

Can his forces be numbered?

On whom does his light not rise?

How then can a mortal be righteous before God?

How can one born of woman be pure?

If even the moon is not bright

and the stars are not pure in his eyes,

how much less a mortal, who is but a maggot—

a human being, who is only a worm!”

Job 25:1–6 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,

Dominion and fear are with him,

He maketh peace in his high places.

Is there any number of his armies?

And upon whom doth not his light arise?

How then can man be justified with God?

Or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?

Behold even to the moon, and it shineth not;

Yea, the stars are not pure in his sight.

How much less man, that is a worm?

And the son of man, which is a worm?

Job 25:1–6 — New Living Translation (NLT)

Then Bildad the Shuhite replied:

“God is powerful and dreadful.

He enforces peace in the heavens.

Who is able to count his heavenly army?

Doesn’t his light shine on all the earth?

How can a mortal be innocent before God?

Can anyone born of a woman be pure?

God is more glorious than the moon;

he shines brighter than the stars.

In comparison, people are maggots;

we mortals are mere worms.”

Job 25:1–6 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:

“Dominion and fear belong to Him;

He makes peace in His high places.

Is there any number to His armies?

Upon whom does His light not rise?

How then can man be righteous before God?

Or how can he be pure who is born of a woman?

If even the moon does not shine,

And the stars are not pure in His sight,

How much less man, who is a maggot,

And a son of man, who is a worm?”

Job 25:1–6 — New Century Version (NCV)

Then Bildad the Shuhite answered:

“God rules and he must be honored;

he set up order in his high heaven.

No one can count God’s armies.

His light shines on all people.

So no one can be good in the presence of God,

and no one born to a woman can be pure.

Even the moon is not bright

and the stars are not pure in his eyes.

People are much less! They are like insects.

They are only worms!”

Job 25:1–6 — American Standard Version (ASV)

Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,

Dominion and fear are with him;

He maketh peace in his high places.

Is there any number of his armies?

And upon whom doth not his light arise?

How then can man be just with God?

Or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?

Behold, even the moon hath no brightness,

And the stars are not pure in his sight:

How much less man, that is a worm!

And the son of man, that is a worm!

Job 25:1–6 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

And Bildad the Shuhite answered and said, Dominion and fear are with him; he maketh peace in his high places. Is there any number of his troops? and upon whom doth not his light arise? And how should man be just with •God? Or how should he be clean that is born of a woman? Lo, even the moon is not bright; and the stars are not pure in his sight: How much less man, a worm, and the son of man, a worm!

Job 25:1–6 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Then Bildad from Shuah replied ⸤to Job⸥, 

“Authority and terror belong to God. 

He establishes peace in his high places. 

Is there any ⸤limit to the⸥ number of his troops? 

Is there anyone on whom his light does not rise? 

How can a person be righteous to God? 

How can anyone born of a woman be pure? 

Even the moon isn’t bright, 

and the stars aren’t pure in his sight. 

How much less pure is a mortal—who is only a maggot— 

a descendant of Adam—who is only a worm!” 

Job 25:1–6 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Then Bildad the Shuhite replied:

Dominion and dread belong to Him,

the One who establishes harmony in the heavens.

Can His troops be numbered?

Does His light not shine on everyone?

How can a person be justified before God?

How can one born of woman be pure?

If even the moon does not shine

and the stars are not pure in His sight,

how much less man, who is a maggot,

and the son of man, who is a worm!

Job 25:1–6 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Then Bildad the Shuhite answered:

“Dominion and fear are with God;

he makes peace in his high heaven.

Is there any number to his armies?

Upon whom does his light not arise?

How then can a mortal be righteous before God?

How can one born of woman be pure?

If even the moon is not bright

and the stars are not pure in his sight,

how much less a mortal, who is a maggot,

and a human being, who is a worm!”

Job 25:1–6 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said,

“Domination and dread are with him

who makes peace in his high heavens.

Is there a number to his troops?

And upon whom does his light not rise?

“Indeed, how can a human being be righteous before God?

And how will he who is born of a woman be pure?

Look, even the moon is not bright,

and the stars are not pure in his sight.

How much less for a human being who is a maggot,

and a human who is a worm?”

Job 25:1–6 — New International Reader’s Version (1998) (NIrV)

Then Bildad the Shuhite replied,

“God is King. He should be feared.

He establishes peace in the highest parts of heaven.

Can anyone count his troops?

Is there anyone his light doesn’t shine on?

How can human beings be right with God?

How can mere people really be pure?

Even the moon isn’t bright

and the stars aren’t pure in God’s eyes.

So how about human beings? They are like maggots.

How about mere people? They are like worms.”

Job 25:1–6 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

Then Bildad the Shuhite answered,

Dominion and awe belong to Him

Who establishes peace in His heights.

“Is there any number to His troops?

And upon whom does His light not rise?

How then can a man be just with God?

Or how can he be clean who is born of woman?

If even the moon has no brightness

And the stars are not pure in His sight,

How much less man, that maggot,

And the son of man, that worm!”


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