Job 40
 Job realizes his unworthiness and God continues to explain His greatness
 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.
.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.
  1 - Answered Job Job had appealed to God when condemned by his friends jb2303. Compare jb1002.
  2 - Condendeth Compare ge3224.
  4 - Vile Job could not plead his case. In God's presence he saw his unworthiness as did Isaiah when he saw the Lord on His throne is0605
 6 ¶ Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
 7 Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
 8 Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?
 9 Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?
  6 - Whirlwind Or "wind storm."
  7 - Gird up thy loins See on jb3803.
  8 - Disannul my judgments Maybe not directly. "Will you really annul [make legally invalid] my judgment?" NASB. This is a temptation for Bible scholars. Some place themselves in judgment of the truth of the Scriptures.
  9 - Arm like God. See de0515, is5109.
 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.
 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.
 14 Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee.
  14 - Own right hand can save thee Practically all religions are based on salvation by works. God clarifies that unless we have His attributes (an impossiblity), we cannot save ourselves. Praise God for a redeemer jb1925.
.15 ¶ Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox. 
 16 Lo 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.
 19 He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him.
  15 - Behemoth The Hebrew word is the plural-intensive of the word translated "beast" or "cattle." ge0124, ge0820. The plural may indicate a large grass-eating beast like the rhinoceros or the elephant. We see Leviathan at jb4101.
 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.
  40 - With his eyes Or "he takes him in his eyes." We would be just a bit awed by such a beast.


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