Behemoth can refer to cattle. In 40:15 it is probably a hippopotamus
God’s great majesty shines forth in poetic language in chs. 38–39. These are some of the Bible’s most awe-inspiring passages about God.
The snow from Mount Hermon is an important water source for the Jordan River, but the climate in much of Israel is too mild for… Read More »Snow from Mount Hermon
Songs in the night. Without the conveniences of modern streetlights or flashlights, nights in the ancient world were very dark and often frightening. People could… Read More »Songs in the night
Pits were used for everything from water collection and food storage to animal traps and prisons. Pits were often seen as signs of danger, representing… Read More »Pits
Elihu is the only character in the book of Job with a Hebrew name.
Rocks pouring out streams of oil (29:6) is a reference to olive trees. They are one of the few trees that thrive in rocky soil.… Read More »Rocks pouring out streams of oil
Those who rebel against the light is how Job describes people who oppose wisdom and righteousness (24:13). They sleep during the day and do their… Read More »Those who rebel against the light
A pledge (22:6) was an object of worth given as a down payment on a debt. Israelites were not to take in pledge essential items… Read More »Pledge
Honey is mentioned often in the Bible (see 20:17). People probably gathered the honey from wild bees. The gathering of wild honey led to an… Read More »Honey
Proverbs in Job. In 17:5, Job may have been quoting a proverb to warn his friends not to make false accusations against him. Proverbs are… Read More »Proverbs in Job
Sackcloth (16:15) was an outward sign of grieving. It was a coarse fabric used for grain sacks. It was very uncomfortable to wear and thus… Read More »Sackcloth
The book of Job includes three cycles of conversations in which the friends of Job offer their comfort and advice, and then listen as Job… Read More »Three cycles of conversations
Clay was one of the most readily available materials in ancient times. It was used to construct buildings and to make everyday household items. Job… Read More »Clay
In the literature of the ancient Near East, the sea (9:8) is often seen as a threat to the order of nature. People looked upon… Read More »The sea