Job 40:15-19

15 “Look at Behemoth, which I made along with you and which feeds on grass like an ox.
16 What strength it has in its loins, what power in the muscles of its belly!
17 Its tail sways like a cedar; the sinews of its thighs are close-knit.
18 Its bones are tubes of bronze, its limbs like rods of iron.
19 It ranks first among the works of God, yet its Maker can approach it with his sword.

Job 40:15 in Other Translations

KJV
15 Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.
ESV
15 "Behold, Behemoth, which I made as I made you; he eats grass like an ox.
NLT
15 “Take a look at Behemoth, which I made, just as I made you. It eats grass like an ox.
MSG
15 "Look at the land beast, Behemoth. I created him as well as you. Grazing on grass, docile as a cow -
CSB
15 Look at Behemoth, which I made along with you. He eats grass like an ox.

Job 40:15-19 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO JOB 40

In this chapter Job is called upon to give in his answer, Job 40:1,2, which he does in the most humble manner, acknowledging his vileness and folly, Job 40:3-5; and then the Lord proceeds to give him further conviction of his superior justice and power, Job 40:6-9; and one thing he proposes to him, to humble the proud, if he could, and then he would own his own right hand could save him, Job 40:10-15; and observes to him another instance of his power in a creature called behemoth, which he had made, and gives a description of, Job 40:15-24.

Job 40:15-19 In-Context

13 Bury them all in the dust together; shroud their faces in the grave.
14 Then I myself will admit to you that your own right hand can save you.
15 “Look at Behemoth, which I made along with you and which feeds on grass like an ox.
16 What strength it has in its loins, what power in the muscles of its belly!
17 Its tail sways like a cedar; the sinews of its thighs are close-knit.
18 Its bones are tubes of bronze, its limbs like rods of iron.
19 It ranks first among the works of God, yet its Maker can approach it with his sword.
20 The hills bring it their produce, and all the wild animals play nearby.
21 Under the lotus plants it lies, hidden among the reeds in the marsh.

Cross References 10

  • 1. S Job 9:9
  • 2. Isaiah 11:7; Isaiah 65:25
  • 3. S Job 39:11
  • 4. Job 41:9
  • 5. Job 41:15
  • 6. Job 41:12
  • 7. Isaiah 11:4; Isaiah 49:2
  • 8. Job 41:33; Psalms 40:5; Psalms 139:14; Isaiah 27:1
  • 9. S Job 4:17; S Job 9:9
  • 10. S Genesis 3:24
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