behemoth; leviathan

something extremely large and powerful
—It’s going to take a leviathan-sized tax increase to pay for the behemoth that the city is planning to build as its new stadium.

As Job cried out because of his suffering, God finally answered him. God didn’t explain the reason for Job’s troubles but instead said that Job didn’t have the right to question him. God gave examples of his power and wisdom in creation to show how much greater he was than Job. For example, he talked about the behemoth:

Look now at Behemoth, which I made as I made you;
it eats grass like the ox.
Look at its strength in its loins,
and its power in the muscles of its belly.
It makes its tail stiff like a cedar,
the sinews of its thighs are tightly wound.
Its bones are tubes of bronze,
its limbs like bars of iron. (Job 40:15-18)

Later, God asked Job,

Can you pull in Leviathan with a hook,
and tie down its tongue with a rope? (Job 41:1)

When it rises up, the mighty are terrified,
at its thrashing about they withdraw.
Whoever strikes it with a sword
will have no effect,
nor with the spear, arrow, or dart.
It regards iron as straw
and bronze as rotten wood. (Job 41:25-27)

Though it is not clear exactly what creatures the behemoth and leviathan are here, some translators believe the behemoth to be a hippopotamus or water buffalo and the leviathan to be a crocodile.

After God’s answer, Job responded with humility and submitted to God’s will. Then God stopped Job’s trials and blessed him more than he had before the testing.

 

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