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Bible Commentaries

Geneva Study Bible

Job 40

Verse 2

40:2 Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty {q} instruct [him]? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.

(q) Is this the way for a man that will learn, to strive with God? which he reproves in Job.

Verse 4

40:4 Behold, I am {r} vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.

(r) By which he shows that he repented and desired pardon for his faults.

Verse 8

40:8 Wilt thou also disannul {a} my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?

(a) Signifying that they who justify themselves condemn God as unjust.

Verse 10

40:10 Deck thyself now [with] {b} majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty.

(b) Meaning, that these were proper to God, and belonged to no man.

Verse 13

40:13 Hide them in the dust together; [and] bind {c} their faces in secret.

(c) Cause them to die if you can.

Verse 14

40:14 Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can {d} save thee.

(d) Proving by this that whoever attributes to himself power and ability to save himself, makes himself God.

Verse 15

40:15 Behold now {e} behemoth, which I made {f} with thee; he eateth {g} grass as an ox.

(e) This beast is thought to be the elephant, or some other, which is unknown.

(f) Whom I made as well as you.

(g) This commends the providence of God toward man: for if he were given to devour as a lion, nothing would be able to resist him, or content him.

Verse 19

40:19 {h} He [is] the chief of the ways of God: {i} he that made him can make his sword to approach [unto him].

(h) He is one of the chief works of God among the beasts.

(i) Though man dare not come near him, yet God can kill him.

Verse 23

40:23 Behold, he drinketh up a river, {k} [and] hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth.

(k) He drinks at leisure, and fears nobody.

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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Job 40". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". 1599-1645.