0 SAB Job 40

Can that which is unsavoury be eaten without salt? 6:6

Trivia: Who wouldn't let Job breathe?



I am God, the great and powerful (who are you?)

1 Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said,

2 Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.

God continued to speak to Job from the whirlwind, saying,
Can someone who argues with the Almighty instruct him?

3 Then Job answered the LORD, and said,

4 Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.

5 Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further.

Job answered God, saying,
What can I say? I'm vile.

My hand is on my mouth.

I spoke before, but I won't answer again.

6 Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,

7Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.

God said,
Gird up your loins like a man, and answer me.

8 Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?

Will you deny my judgment and condemn me, so that you can be righteous?

9Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?

10 Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty.

11 Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one that is proud, and abase him.

Do you have an arm like mine?

Can you make your voice as thunderous as mine?

12 Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.

13 Hide them in the dust together; and bind their faces in secret.

Can you ruin the proud, walk on the wicked, and bury them in the dust?

14 Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee.

If so, then I give up. You win.
The behemoth

15Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.

Consider the behemoth. [1]

16Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly.

17 He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together.

18 His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron.

His strength is in his loins and his force is in his navel.

19 He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him.

I made the behemoth, and I'm even stronger than him.

20 Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play.

21 He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens.

22 The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about.

23 Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth.

24 He taketh it with his eyes: his nose pierceth through snares.

VegetableEMPEROR1 year ago

Defining 'behemoth' as a classical dinosaur seems to be the most popular avenue believers take to justify claiming that humans and dinosaurs lived at the same time. I've heard them answer the question of "Does the Bible mention dinosaurs?" by referring to these particular verses. How that takes them to the claim of brachiosaurs, pteranodons, and ankylosauruses sharing space with our primal ancestors is beyond me.

Steve Wells1 year ago

The HarperCollins Study Bible says that behemoth is often identified with a hippopotamus, and the tail in verse 17 may be a euphemism for sexual organ. If not, it suggests that behemoth resembles a crocodile.
Whatever it is, it is the first of the great acts of God, and only God can approach it with his sword (v.19).


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