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FRAMEWORKS: Job 40: Human Impotence on the earth


[Preliminary 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.]



v.1-5 The Lord challenges, Job repents


v.1 The LORD said to Job

v.2  “Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him? Let him who accuses God answer him!” 

v.3  Then Job answered the LORD

v.4 “I am unworthy—how can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth. 

v.5 I spoke once, but I have no answer— twice, but I will say no more.” 



v.6-14 The Lord challenges Job over his powers of judgment and justice


v.6 Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm

v.7 “Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me. 

v.8 “Would you discredit my justice? Would you condemn me to justify yourself? 

v.9 Do you have an arm like God's, and can your voice thunder like his? 

v.10 Then adorn yourself with glory and splendor, and clothe yourself in honor and majesty. 

v.11 Unleash the fury of your wrath, look at all who are proud and bring them low, 

v.12 look at all who are proud and humble them, crush the wicked where they stand. 

v.13 Bury them all in the dust together; shroud their faces in the grave. 

v.14 Then I myself will admit to you that your own right hand can save you. 



v.15-25 The impotence of human power in respect of the fiercest land animal


v.15  “Look at Behemoth, which I made along with you and which feeds on grass like an ox. 

v.16  What strength it has in its loins, what power in the muscles of its belly! 

v.17 Its tail sways like a cedar; the sinews of its thighs are close-knit. 

v.18 Its bones are tubes of bronze, its limbs like rods of iron. 

v.19 It ranks first among the works of God, yet its Maker can approach it with his sword. 

v.20 The hills bring it their produce, and all the wild animals play nearby. 

v.21 Under the lotus plants it lies, hidden among the reeds in the marsh. 

v.22 The lotuses conceal it in their shadow; the poplars by the stream surround it. 

v.23 A raging river does not alarm it; it is secure, though the Jordan should surge against its mouth. 

v.24  Can anyone capture it by the eyes, or trap it and pierce its nose?



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