Job 40:16
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New International Version
What strength it has in its loins, what power in the muscles of its belly!

New Living Translation
See its powerful loins and the muscles of its belly.

English Standard Version
Behold, his strength in his loins, and his power in the muscles of his belly.

New American Standard Bible
"Behold now, his strength in his loins And his power in the muscles of his belly.

King James Bible
Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Look at the strength of his loins and the power in the muscles of his belly.

International Standard Version
Now take a look at the strength that he has in his loins, and in the muscles of his abdomen.

NET Bible
Look at its strength in its loins, and its power in the muscles of its belly.

New Heart English Bible
Look now, his strength is in his thighs. His force is in the muscles of his belly.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Look at the strength in its back muscles, the power in its stomach muscles.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Lo now, his strength is in his loins, And his force is in the stays of his body.

New American Standard 1977
“Behold now, his strength in his loins,
            And his power in the muscles of his belly.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly.

King James 2000 Bible
Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the muscles of his belly.

American King James Version
See now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly.

American Standard Version
Lo now, his strength is in his loins, And his force is in the muscles of his belly.

Douay-Rheims Bible
His strength is in his loins, and his force in the navel of his belly.

Darby Bible Translation
Behold now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the muscles of his belly.

English Revised Version
Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the muscles of his belly.

Webster's Bible Translation
Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly.

World English Bible
Look now, his strength is in his thighs. His force is in the muscles of his belly.

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, I pray thee, his power is in his loins, And his strength in the muscles of his belly.
Study Bible
Job Humbles Himself Before God
15"Behold now, Behemoth, which I made as well as you; He eats grass like an ox. 16"Behold now, his strength in his loins And his power in the muscles of his belly. 17"He bends his tail like a cedar; The sinews of his thighs are knit together.…
Cross References
Job 40:15
"Behold now, Behemoth, which I made as well as you; He eats grass like an ox.

Job 40:17
"He bends his tail like a cedar; The sinews of his thighs are knit together.
Treasury of Scripture

See now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly.

(16) In the navel.--Rather, in the sinews, or muscles.

Verse 16. - Lo now, his strength is in his loins. The strength of the hippopotamus is its principal characteristic. Weighing often two thousand kilogrammes, and of a short thick make, when roused to anger it has a force which is irresistible. In the water it upsets large beats; on land it forces its way through dense thickets and fences of all kinds. The loins are especially strong, being deep, broad, and immensely muscular. And his force is in the navel of his belly; rather, in the muscles of his bell'i. The word used (שׁרידים) occurs only in this place. It is a plural form, and therefore cannot designate a single object, like the navel. The root seems to be the Syriac serir "firm," whence Schultens proposes to translate שׁרירים by firmitates. Lo now, his strength is in his loins,.... The strength of the elephant is well known, being able to carry a castle on its back, with a number of men therein; but what follows does not seem so well to agree with it;

and his force is in the navel of his belly; since the belly of the elephant is very tender; by means of which the rhinoceros, its enemy, in its fight with it, has the advantage of it, by getting under its belly, and ripping it up with its horn (s). In like manner Eleazar the Jew killed one of the elephants of Antiochus, by getting between its legs, and thrusting his sword into its navel (t); which fell and killed him with the weight of it. On the other hand, the "river horse" is covered with a skin all over, the hardest and strongest of all creatures (u), as not to be pierced with spears or arrows (w); and of it dried were made helmets, shields, spears, and polished darts (x). That which Monsieur Thevenot (y) saw had several shot fired at it before it fell, for the bullets hardly pierced through its skin. We made several shot at him, says another traveller (z), but to no purpose; for they would glance from him as from a wall. And indeed the elephant is said to have such a hard scaly skin as to resist the spear (a): and Pliny (b), though he speaks of the hide of the river horse being so thick that spears are made of it; yet of the hide of the elephant, as having targets made of that, which are impenetrable.

(s) Aelian. de Amimal. l. 17. c. 44. Plin. l. 8. c. 10, 20. Vid. Solin. c. 38. Diodor. Sic. l. 3. p. 167. & Strabo. Geograph. l. 16. p. 533. (t) Joseph. Ben Gorion. Hist. Heb. l. 3. c. 20. 1 Maccab. vi. 46. (u) Diodor. Sic. ut supra. (l. 3. p. 167) Plin. l. 8. c. 25. (w) Ptolem. Geograph. l. 7. c. 2. Fragment. Ctesiae ad Calcem Herodot. p. 701. Ed. Gronov. Boius apud Kircher. China cum Momument. p. 193. (x) Herodot. ut supra. (p. 701) Aristot. Hist. Animal. l. 2. c. 7. Plin. l. 11. c. 39. (y) Travels, part 1. c. 72. (z) Dampier's Voyages, vol. 2. part 2. p. 105. (a) Heliodor. Ethiop. Hist. l. 9. c. 18. (b) Nat. Hist. l. 11. c. 39. Vid. Vossium in Melam. de Situ Orbis, l. 1. c. 5. p. 28. 16. navel—rather, "muscles" of his belly; the weakest point of the elephant, therefore it is not meant.40:15-24 God, for the further proving of his own power, describes two vast animals, far exceeding man in bulk and strength. Behemoth signifies beasts. Most understand it of an animal well known in Egypt, called the river-horse, or hippopotamus. This vast animal is noticed as an argument to humble ourselves before the great God; for he created this vast animal, which is so fearfully and wonderfully made. Whatever strength this or any other creature has, it is derived from God. He that made the soul of man, knows all the ways to it, and can make the sword of justice, his wrath, to approach and touch it. Every godly man has spiritual weapons, the whole armour of God, to resist, yea, to overcome the tempter, that his never-dying soul may be safe, whatever becomes of his frail flesh and mortal body.
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