Job 26 – Skeptic's Annotated Bible answered

A response and reply to the notes on Job 26 in the Skeptic's Annotated Bible (SAB).

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1 But Job answered and said,

2 How hast thou helped him that is without power? how savest thou the arm that hath no strength?

3 How hast thou counseled him that hath no wisdom? and how hast thou plentifully declared the thing as it is?

4 To whom hast thou uttered words? and whose spirit came from thee?

5 Dead things are formed from under the waters, and the inhabitants thereof.

6 Hell is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering.

7 He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.

"He ... hangeth the earth upon nothing."
What is the earth set upon?
Yes, Job is giving here a scientific discourse.
As the diligent reader will have noticed, this is a book of poetry. But it is surprising how many observations Job makes about nature that in our days are indeed recognized as scientific. Somehow Job or the men in his days must have had an understanding of nature that rivaled those of the early Greek. The earth hangs indeed upon nothing.
The comparison with 1 Sam. 2:8 is invalid. Given the context Hannah is probably not making a statement about the physical earth, but about earthly rulers. See also chapter 9:6.

8 He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under them.

9 He holdeth back the face of his throne, and spreadeth his cloud upon it.

10 He hath compassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end.

11 The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof.

Heaven is set upon pillars that tremble when God gets mad.
Again, a poetical way of talking about thunder and enormously powerful and destructive storms.

12 He divideth the sea with his power, and by his understanding he smiteth through the proud.

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

14 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?