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Job 41:1 Commentary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

1. The second clause appears to mean,

Wilt thou press down his tongue with a cord?

The “cord” may be that of the hook; when the hook is swallowed and the cord drawn tightly, it presses down the tongue.

1 9. The impossibility of capturing the animal.

Chap. Job 40:6 to Job 42:6. The Lord’s Second Answer to Job out of the Storm

Shall Man charge God with unrighteousness in His Rule of the World?

All that the first speech of the Lord touched upon was the presumption of a mortal man desiring to contend with the Almighty. The display from Creation of that which God is had the desired effect on Job’s mind: he is abased, and will no more contend with the Almighty.

But Job had not only presumed to contend with God, he had charged Him with unrighteousness in His rule of the world and in His treatment of himself. This is the point to which the second speech from the storm is directed.

The passage has properly two parts.

First, Job 40:6-14, as Job had challenged the rectitude of God’s rule of the world, he is ironically invited to clothe himself with the Divine attributes and assume the rule of the world himself.

Then follows, ch. Job 40:15 to Job 41:34, a lengthy description of two monsters, Behemoth and Leviathan.

Second, ch. Job 42:1-6, Job’s reply to the Divine challenge. He confesses that he spoke things which he understood not. He had heard of God by the hearing of the ear, but now his eye saw Him, and he abhorred his former words and demeanour, and repented in dust and ashes.

Consult other comments:

Job 41:1 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Job 41:1 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Job 41:1 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Job 41:1 - B.H. Carroll's An Interpretation of the English Bible

Job 41:1 - Through the Bible Commentary

Job 41:1 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Job 41:1 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Job 41:1 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

Job 41:1 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Job 41:1 - Expositors Bible Commentary

Job 41:1 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Job 41:1 - Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

Job 41:1 - Expositor's Dictionary of Text by Robertson

Job 41:1 - F.B. Meyer's Through the Bible Commentary

Job 41:1 - Gaebelein's Annotated Bible (Commentary)

Job 41:1 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Job 41:1 - Geneva Bible Notes

Job 41:1 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Job 41:1 - Grant's Commentary on the Bible

Job 41:1 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Job 41:1 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

Job 41:1 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Job 41:1 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Job 41:1 - Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament

Job 41:1 - William Kelly Major Works (New Testament)

Job 41:1 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

Job 41:1 - A Commentary on the Holy Scriptures, Critical, Doctrinal, and Homiletical by Lange

Job 41:1 - An Exposition on the Whole Bible

Job 41:1 - The People's Bible by Joseph Parker

Job 41:1 - Peake's Commentary on the Bible

Job 41:1 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Job 41:1 - The Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Job 41:1 - The Complete Pulpit Commentary

Job 41:1 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

Job 41:1 - Sutcliffe's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Job 41:1 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Job 41:1 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Job 41:1 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges