May 14, 2015: Daily Bible Reading with Commentary for Job 39-40
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Context: God continues His discourse on managing all the creatures of the world: mountain goat and hind (1-4), wild donkey (5-8), wild ox (9-12), ostrich (13-18), horse (19-25), and birds of prey (26-30). The Lord invites Job to respond. God gives His second speech (40:6-41:34). God questions Job's power (6-14) and gives descriptions of two foreboding beasts (40:15-41:34), beginning with the Behemoth (40:14-41:1).
World History: It is unknown as to what creature God is referring to when He speaks of the behemoth. It could possible refer to a hippopotamus, elephant, or buffalo.