Behold now behemoth
bhemowth water-ox plural of 929 behemah dumb (large)
I made with thee;
grass -> chatsiyr from the greeness of a court yard) -
way this is used other places in the Bible is to describe the grass
on a roof top. Where people place hatch on the roof, then sod/grass
to water proof the roof.
line 15 tells us is we have a large, dumb, four legged animal that
lives in/around water that is tall enough to eat grass, like an ox,
from roof tops. I do not think any exist today.
now, his strength
strength ->koach - strength force)
in his loins,
force ->own - ability power)
in the navel
naval -> shariyr a cord, sinew, strength against an enemy)
belly ->beten - womb to be born within).
strength is in his loins born within a huge/strong stomach/belly
moveth his tail like a cedar
cedar -> erez big strong cedar tree with deep roots like a
cedar of Lebanon):
sinews of his stones
stones ->pachad - the same as 6343 a TESTICLE 6343 dread
wrapped->sarag - wrap together, wreath) together.
you say someone has "balls" today it means big private
parts and no fear when dealing with someone else or something. I
guess this is not a new saying considering how old the book of Job
you have watched a big 36" diameter, 120 foot, pine tree in a
breeze, it stays solid at the bottom and moves with a slight almost
hypnotic sway near the top.
what is God saying? This creature has a tail as big as a tree, very
muscular with the muscles kitted and wrapped around the tail like a
wreath, God describes how the tail moves, it brings fear, and he is
not afraid to use it.
bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones
bones ->gerem – a bone (as a skelton of the
body)used fig. very strong)
bars ->merchab – very wide)
- an alloy - workable that holds an edge and not easily chipped. Can
be highly polished.
- a cast metal that can support a lot of weight and is hard. In
modern terms if you want to think of using iron to build something
of height think Eiffel Tower and it's iron skeleton.
has a flexible (workable– brass) very strong (iron) skeleton,
with wide bones capable of supporting a lot of weight without
is the chief
cheif ->shumb – to turn back, to a starting point)
note: How this is used in the Bible is to describe the first born,
example Psalm 106:36
the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach
he was the first creation and biggest, God still can kill him.
mountains ->har sometimes used fig. To indicate height)
him forth food, where all the beasts
beasts ->chay – alive, fresh (plant, water)
field ->sadeh – to spread out, as flat)
play ->sachaq rejoice, sport).
in an interesting use of the word imho because it was also used to
describe King David rejoicing to God while dancing without clothes,
singing, and playing instruments in purity of heart. II Sam 6:21
in this context I think it is talking about song birds.
is a line I would defer to a Biblical scholar, though considering
the “mountains” to indicate height I think the
is tall enough to eat from the (flat when viewed from the air)
jungle canopy by the water where the animals play (example primates)
in the tree tops and the birds sing.
lieth -> shakab to lie down (for rest, sexual connection))
note: The way this word is used in other places of the Bible for
7901 is for the sexual laws against negative behavior. As in you
should not lie with your father's wife and uncover his nakedness.
shady ->tse el to be slender; the lotus tree – used
only two times in the Bible, here and the next line).
lotus tree is a shrubby deciduous (loses it's leaves) tree of the
in the covert
covert ->etherkithran – a protective cover or
shield. A cover (good, bad, or fig. Sense), secret.
the reed, and fens
fens ->bitstsah – a swamp, mire, mirey place).
think this line is meant to be a contrast to the line following and
sets up the mind of the animal.
is so huge, during sex he should not use a shrub tree that loses it
leaves to hide himself, or lie in 8 foot tall reeds or flat open mud
pits where he is clearly seen, yet he does.
shady see above)
I believe this use is different then the above and is a
mistranslation from the original text somehow.
cover ->sakak cover, defense – note: used only in a
few places – means an encompassing shield or protection.
Example: When King Saul was in the cave for protection.
with their shadow;
shadow ->tselel shade shadow)
willows ->arab from 6148 a willow (from the use of
osiers as waddles).
bet you can't even get that last line! So, I will explain what I
came up with after doing some research.
of making a basket from twigs and how they intertwine. I think it
means waddle as in “ to tread down by walking through”)
the brook compass
compass ->cabab – to revolve, surround)
tall trees instead hide him and provide shade and he tramples
through groves of willow trees to surround himself with a shield.
would be a perfect cover from what we now call a T-Rex.
drinketh ->ashaq deceive, drink up, strive with)
a river, and hasteth not:
hasteth ->chaphaz to start up suddenly by impl. To fear,
trusteth that he can draw up
draw ->goach to gush forth as water – labor to bring
forth, draw up)
into his mouth.
he slowly drinks up a river with confidence and thinks with enough
effort he can drink the whole Jordan river too.
taketh it with his eyes:
think this is a saying that meant something more in Hebrew as a
phrase 4,000 years ago. I will explain what I -think- it means going
by how the rest of the paragraph reads.
pierceth ->naqab to perforate, with more or less violence)
snares ->modesh – a noose for catching animals)
used in the Bible to indicate hidden death traps.
nose alone is so big and strong it can rip apart a neck noose set as
a snare that would kill other animals, he looks down with
indifference on the world below from his great height.
Job 40:15 is one of the most coolest and richest places in the Bible
when you start looking at the Hebrew words and what they really
example would be the word "willow" (arab) marked -->
above, "the use of osiers as waddles". Really, a double
thought about how today the Arabs have intertwined themselves around
Israel like a woven basket.
Breaking it down word by word
paints a whole other richer picture then if you read it just in
English. It really makes me want to learn Hebrew so I can read the
Old Testament as it was written.
Twenty years ago when I was
considering maybe aliens from outer space seeded the earth with life
when figuring out how life was created (I never really believed in
evolution), if you told me dinosaurs were described in the Bible I
would have asked for some of whatever you were smoking.
if evolution was just a chance thing, why are dinosaurs described by
God in the Bible, where God says he made them?
is called intelligent design and who knows, maybe we had a hand in
vs. Intelligent Design - The Bible and Dinosaurs
40:15 – the dinosaur
many times are mistaken about the Bible and some say that the earth
is only 6,000 years old because they misread Genesis. They do not
look up the words in the 1st two lines of Genesis in Hebrew. The
Bible tells you the earth is in fact old, we know it is from
scientific fact AND the Bible describes dinosaurs. People had no
idea dinosaurs even existed until the late 1800s and certainly could
not excavate them because it required modern steel tools, drills,
diamonds, explosives, and chemicals.
are dinosaurs mentioned in the Bible? Job 40:15 where God describes
his creation to Job. You can bet as God is describing a Brontosaurus
type animal, he is putting the picture of it in Job's mind or he let
Job remember himself what he had seen in the 1st earth age before
helps if you describe this section of the Bible to a child and have
a child draw what you are describing. You end up with a Brontosaurus
column will be the King James Version of Job 40:15.
other column will be the word (in bold) translated from Hebrew using
Strong's numbers to the referenced Hebrew (in italics) words. My
explanation will be in regular text.
note that Job 40:15-20 contains many words used only once in the
Bible to describe this creature.
like to think this is meant to draw your attention to the uniqueness
and importance of what God is describing to Job. These words I will
note with an asterisk before them.
most trusted reference source is The Shepherd's Chapel, channel 57.
Pastor Arnold Murray did not go into Job 40 as deeply as I would
have liked, but, I think this is accurate except for one part that I
will note. I am not a Biblical scholar (he is) and I can not read
Hebrew ... yet so I defer to his teachings.
now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.
now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of
moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped
bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of
is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword
to approach unto him.
the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the
lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens.
shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook
compass him about.
he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can
draw up Jordan into his mouth.
taketh it with his eyes: his nose pierceth through snares.