New International Version
A raging river does not alarm it; it is secure, though the Jordan should surge against its mouth.
King James Bible
Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth.
Darby Bible Translation
Lo, the river overfloweth -- he startleth not: he is confident though a Jordan break forth against his mouth.
World English Bible
Behold, if a river overflows, he doesn't tremble. He is confident, though the Jordan swells even to his mouth.
Young's Literal Translation
Lo, a flood oppresseth -- he doth not haste, He is confident though Jordan Doth come forth unto his mouth.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Behold, he drinketh up a river - A similar mode of expression, and of precisely the same meaning, as that in Job 39:24 : "He swalloweth the ground with fierceness." No river can stop his course: he wades through all; stems every tide and torrent; and hurries not as though he were in danger.
He trusteth that he can draw up Jordan - Even when the river overflows its banks, it is no stoppage to him: though the whole impetuosity of its stream rush against his mouth, he is not afraid. Mr. Good has seized the true idea in his translation of this verse: -
"If the stream rage, he revileth not:
He is unmoved, though Jordan rush against his mouth."
From this mention of Jordan it is probable that the behemoth was once an inhabitant of the mountains, marshes, and woods, of the land of Palestine.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
drinketh. Heb. oppresseth
It is a doctrine, as I believe, taught us in Holy Writ, that when a man is saved by divine grace, he is not wholly cleansed from the corruption of his heart. When we believe in Jesus Christ all our sins are pardoned; yet the power of sin, albeit that it is weakened and kept under by the dominion of the new-born nature which God doth infuse into our souls, doth not cease, but still tarrieth in us, and will do so to our dying day. It is a doctrine held by all the orthodox, that there dwelleth still …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 2: 1856
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The Tenth Commandment
Lot looked around and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan toward Zoar was well watered, like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt. (This was before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.)
The lotuses conceal it in their shadow; the poplars by the stream surround it.
Can anyone capture it by the eyes, or trap it and pierce its nose?
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