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Job 40

 

 

Introduction
1Job humbles himself to God.
6God stirs him up to shew his righteousness, power, and wisdom.
16Of the behemoth.

Verse 1
Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said,
6; 38:1

Verse 2
Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.
Shall
9:3; 33:13; Ecclesiastes 6:10; Isaiah 45:9-11; 50:8; 1 Corinthians 10:22
instruct
Isaiah 40:14; 1 Corinthians 2:16
he that reproveth
3:11,12,20,23; 7:12,19-21; 9:17,18,32-35; 10:3-7,14-17; 13:21-27; 14:16,17; 16:11-21; 19:6-11; 27:2; 30:21; Ezekiel 18:2; Matthew 20:11; Romans 9:19-23; 11:34-36

Verse 4
Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.
Behold
42:6; Genesis 18:27; 32:10; 2 Samuel 24:10; 1 Kings 19:4; Ezra 9:6,15; Nehemiah 9:33; Psalms 51:4,5; Isaiah 6:5; 53:6; 64:6; Daniel 9:5,7; Luke 5:8; 15:18,19; 18:13; 1 Timothy 1:15
what
9:31-35; 16:21; 23:4-7; 31:37
I will
21:5; 29:9; Judges 18:19; Psalms 39:9; Proverbs 30:32; Micah 7:16; Habakkuk 2:20; Zechariah 2:13

Verse 5
Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further.
but I will not
34:31,32; Romans 3:19
twice
33:14; 2 Kings 6:10; Psalms 62:11
but I will proceed
Jeremiah 31:18,19

Verse 6
Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
out
38:1; Psalms 50:3,4; Hebrews 12:18-20; 2 Peter 3:10-12

Verse 7
<I>Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
Gird
13:22; 23:3,4; 38:3
I
42:4

Verse 8
Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?
Wilt
Psalms 51:4; Romans 3:4
disannul
Isaiah 14:27; 28:18; Galatians 3:15,17; Hebrews 7:18
wilt thou condemn
10:3; 27:2-6; 32:2; 34:5,6; 35:2,3

Verse 9
Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?
Hast
9:4; 23:6; 33:12,13; Exodus 15:6; Psalms 89:10,13; Isaiah 45:9; 1 Corinthians 10:22
canst
37:4,5; Psalms 39:3-9

Verse 10
Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty.
Deck
39:19; Psalms 93:1; 104:1,2; Isaiah 59:17
majesty
1 Chronicles 29:11; Psalms 21:5; 45:3,4; Matthew 6:13; 2 Peter 1:16,17; Jude 1:24,25
glory
Exodus 28:2; Psalms 50:2; 90:16,17; 149:4; Isaiah 4:2; *marg:; 1 Corinthians 15:54

Verse 11
Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one that is proud, and abase him.
Cast
20:23; 27:22; Deuteronomy 32:22; Psalms 78:49,50; 144:6; Romans 2:8,9
behold
Exodus 9:16,17; 15:6; 18:11; Isaiah 2:11,12,17; 10:12-19; Ezekiel 28:2; Daniel 4:37; 5:20-23; Obadiah 1:3,4; Malachi 4:1; Luke 18:14; Acts 12:22,23; James 4:6; 1 Peter 5:5,6

Verse 12
Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.
tread
Psalms 60:12; Proverbs 15:25; Isaiah 10:6; Zechariah 10:5; Malachi 4:3; Romans 16:20
in
36:20; Ecclesiastes 11:3; Acts 1:25

Verse 13
Hide them in the dust together; and bind their faces in secret.
Hide
14:13; Psalms 49:14; Isaiah 2:10
bind
36:13; Esther 7:8; John 11:44

Verse 14
Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee.
that
Psalms 44:3,6; Isaiah 40:29; Romans 5:6; Ephesians 2:4-9

Verse 15
Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.
behemoth
[b@hemowth (twmhb)] Perhaps an extinct dinosaur, maybe a Diplodocus or Brachiosaurus, the exact meaning is unknown. Some translate as elephant or hippopotamus but from the description in #Job 40:15-24|, this is patently absurd.
which
Genesis 1:24-26
he
20; 39:8; Psalms 104:14

Verse 17
He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together.
moveth
or, setteth up. the.
41:23

Verse 18
His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron.
7:12; Isaiah 48:4

Verse 19
He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him.
the chief
26:13; Psalms 104:24
he that
Psalms 7:12; Isaiah 27:1

Verse 20
Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play.
the mountains
15; Psalms 147:8,9
where
Psalms 104:14,26

Verse 21
He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens.
the reed
Isaiah 19:6,7; 35:7

Verse 22
The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about.
the willows
Leviticus 23:40; Isaiah 15:7; Ezekiel 17:5

Verse 23
Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth.
drinketh
Heb. oppresseth.
Isaiah 37:25
hasteth
Psalms 55:8; Isaiah 28:16
Jordan
Genesis 13:10; Joshua 3:15

Verse 24
He taketh it with his eyes: his nose pierceth through snares.
41:1,2

 


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Job 40:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/job-40.html.

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