Job 40:15

15 Behold now behemoth

(*930 bhemowth water-ox plural of 929 behemah dumb (large) quadruped),

which I made with thee;

he eateth grass

(2682 grass -> chatsiyr from the greeness of a court yard) -

The 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.

as an ox.

What 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.

16Lo now, his strength

(3581 strength ->koach - strength force)

is in his loins,

and his force

(*202 force ->own - ability power)

is in the navel

(*8306 naval -> shariyr a cord, sinew, strength against an enemy)

of his belly

(990 belly ->beten - womb to be born within).

His strength is in his loins born within a huge/strong stomach/belly

17He moveth his tail like a cedar

(730 cedar -> erez big strong cedar tree with deep roots like a cedar of Lebanon):

the sinews of his stones

(*6344 stones ->pachad - the same as 6343 a TESTICLE 6343 dread great fear)

are wrapped

(*8276 wrapped->sarag - wrap together, wreath) together.

If 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 is.

If 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.

So, 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.

18His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones

(*1634 bones ->gerem – a bone (as a skelton of the body)used fig. very strong)

are like bars

(*4800 bars ->merchab – very wide)

of iron.

Brass - an alloy - workable that holds an edge and not easily chipped. Can be highly polished.

Iron - 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.

He has a flexible (workable– brass) very strong (iron) skeleton, with wide bones capable of supporting a lot of weight without breaking.

19He is the chief

(7725 cheif ->shumb – to turn back, to a starting point)

My note: How this is used in the Bible is to describe the first born, example Psalm 106:36

of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him.

Though he was the first creation and biggest, God still can kill him.

20Surely the mountains

(2022 mountains ->har sometimes used fig. To indicate height)

bring him forth food, where all the beasts

(2416 beasts ->chay – alive, fresh (plant, water)

of the field

(7704 field ->sadeh – to spread out, as flat)


(7832 play ->sachaq rejoice, sport).

This 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

Used in this context I think it is talking about song birds.

This is a line I would defer to a Biblical scholar, though considering the “mountains” to indicate height I think the translation is

He 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.

21He lieth

(7901 lieth -> shakab to lie down (for rest, sexual connection))

My 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.

under the shady

(*6628 shady ->tse el to be slender; the lotus tree – used only two times in the Bible, here and the next line).

A lotus tree is a shrubby deciduous (loses it's leaves) tree of the Mediterranean region.

trees, in the covert

(5643 covert ->etherkithran – a protective cover or shield. A cover (good, bad, or fig. Sense), secret.

of the reed, and fens

(*1202 fens ->bitstsah – a swamp, mire, mirey place).

I think this line is meant to be a contrast to the line following and sets up the mind of the animal.

He 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.

22The shady

(6628 shady see above)

Note: I believe this use is different then the above and is a mistranslation from the original text somehow.

trees cover

(5526 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.

him with their shadow;

(*6752 shadow ->tselel shade shadow)

the willows

(6155 willows ->arab from 6148 a willow (from the use of osiers as waddles).

I bet you can't even get that last line! So, I will explain what I came up with after doing some research.

Think of making a basket from twigs and how they intertwine. I think it means waddle as in “ to tread down by walking through”)

of the brook compass

(5437 compass ->cabab – to revolve, surround)

him about.

The tall trees instead hide him and provide shade and he tramples through groves of willow trees to surround himself with a shield.

Which would be a perfect cover from what we now call a T-Rex.

23Behold, he drinketh

(*6231 drinketh ->ashaq deceive, drink up, strive with)

up a river, and hasteth not:

(*2648 hasteth ->chaphaz to start up suddenly by impl. To fear, tremble)

he trusteth that he can draw up

(*1518 draw ->goach to gush forth as water – labor to bring forth, draw up)

Jordan into his mouth.

Behold, he slowly drinks up a river with confidence and thinks with enough effort he can drink the whole Jordan river too.

24He taketh it with his eyes:

I 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.

his nose pierceth

(5344 pierceth ->naqab to perforate, with more or less violence)

through snares

(4170 snares ->modesh – a noose for catching animals)

Note: used in the Bible to indicate hidden death traps.

His 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.


imho, 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 mean.

An example would be the word "willow" (arab) marked --> above, "the use of osiers as waddles". Really, a double meaning.

Give 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.

So, if evolution was just a chance thing, why are dinosaurs described by God in the Bible, where God says he made them?

It is called intelligent design and who knows, maybe we had a hand in it too.


Evolution vs. Intelligent Design - The Bible and Dinosaurs

Job 40:15 – the dinosaur

People 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.

Where 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 Satan's rebellion.

It 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 type creature.

One column will be the King James Version of Job 40:15.

The 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.

Please note that Job 40:15-20 contains many words used only once in the Bible to describe this creature.

I 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.

My 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.

Job 40:15

15Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.

16Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly.

17He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together.

18His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron.

19He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him.

20Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play.

21He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens.

22The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about.

23Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth.

24He taketh it with his eyes: his nose pierceth through snares.


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