Job 40:19
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English Standard Version
“He is the first of the works of God; let him who made him bring near his sword!

King James Bible
He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him.

American Standard Version
He is the chief of the ways of God: He only that made him giveth him his sword.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He is the beginning of the ways of God, who made him, he will apply his sword.

English Revised Version
He is the chief of the ways of God: he only that made him can make his sword to approach unto him.

Webster's Bible Translation
He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach him.

Job 40:19 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

10 Deck thyself then with pomp and dignity,

And in glory and majesty clothe thyself!

11 Let the overflowings of thy wrath pour forth,

And behold all pride, and abase it!

12 Behold all pride, bring it low,

And cast down the evil-doers in their place;

13 Hide them in the dust together,

Bind their faces in secret:

14 Then I also will praise thee,

That thy right hand obtaineth thee help.

He is for once to put on the robes of the King of kings (עדה, comp. עטח, to wrap round, Psalm 104:2), and send forth his wrath over pride and evil-doing, for their complete removal. הפיץ, effundere, diffundere, as Arab. afâda, vid., Job 37:11. עברות, or rather, according to the reading of Ben-Ascher, עברות ,rehcsA, in its prop. signif. oversteppings, i.e., overflowings. In connection with Job 40:11, one is directly reminded of the judgment on everything that is high and exalted in Isaiah 2, where beטמנם בּעפר also has its parallel (Isaiah 2:10). Not less, however, does Job 40:14 recall Isaiah 59:16; Isaiah 63:5 (comp. Psalm 98:1); Isaiah I and II have similar descriptions to the book of Job. The ἁπ. λεγ. הדך is Hebraeo-Arab.; hadaka signifies, like hadama, to tear, pull to the ground. In connection with תמוּן (from טמן; Aram., Arab., טמר), the lower world, including the grave, is thought of (comp. Arab. mat-murât, subterranean places); חבשׁ signifies, like Arab. ḥbs IV, to chain and to imprison. Try it only for once - this is the collective thought - to act like Me in the execution of penal justice, I would praise thee. That he cannot do it, and yet venture with his short-sightedness and feebleness to charge God's rule with injustice, the following pictures of foreign animals are now further intended to make evident to him: -

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the chief

Job 26:13 By his spirit he has garnished the heavens; his hand has formed the crooked serpent.

Psalm 104:24 O LORD, how manifold are your works! in wisdom have you made them all: the earth is full of your riches.

he that

Psalm 7:12 If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he has bent his bow, and made it ready.

Isaiah 27:1 In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent...

Cross References
Job 40:15
"Behold, Behemoth, which I made as I made you; he eats grass like an ox.

Job 40:18
His bones are tubes of bronze, his limbs like bars of iron.

Job 41:33
On earth there is not his like, a creature without fear.

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