Job 40: Human Impotence on the earth
Comments: Here we see the first interaction between Job
and the Lord [v.1-5] but then the Lord continues His exercise
in helping Job come to a right perspective about both himself
and the Lord. He does this first by asking Job is he up to the
task of judging and bringing judgments on the earth like He does
[v.6-14], and then by getting Job to realise how puny he is in
comparison to one of the creatures of God's creation. We don't
know what the Behemoth is. Some suggest a mystical land creature,
others a hippopotamus, but the same point remains true: Job is
puny even before some of God's created land creatures. It is sufficiently
straight forward, we make no additional comment at the end.]
The Lord challenges, Job repents
said to Job:
the one who contends with the Almighty correct him? Let him who
accuses God answer him!”
Job answered the LORD:
“I am unworthy—how
can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth.
I spoke once,
but I have no answer— twice, but I will say no more.”
The Lord challenges Job over his powers of judgment and justice
LORD spoke to Job out of the storm:
like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.
discredit my justice? Would you condemn me to justify yourself?
you have an arm like God's, and can your voice thunder like his?
adorn yourself with glory and splendor, and clothe yourself in
honor and majesty.
the fury of your wrath, look at all who are proud and bring them
look at all
who are proud and humble them, crush the wicked where they stand.
all in the dust together; shroud their faces in the grave.
Then I myself
will admit to you that your own right hand can save you.
The impotence of human power in respect of the fiercest land animal
at Behemoth, which I made along with you and which feeds
on grass like an ox.
strength it has in its loins, what power in the muscles of its
Its tail sways
like a cedar; the sinews of its thighs are close-knit.
are tubes of bronze, its limbs like rods of iron.
It ranks first
among the works of God, yet its Maker can approach it with his
hills bring it their produce, and all the wild animals play nearby.
the lotus plants it lies, hidden among the reeds in the marsh.
lotuses conceal it in their shadow; the poplars by the stream
raging river does not alarm it; it is secure, though the Jordan
should surge against its mouth.
anyone capture it by the eyes, or trap it and pierce its nose?