Dave Burnette's Commentary

Job Chapter 41

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Unknown, possibly Job, Moses, Solomon, and Elihu
Date Penned: (2000-1800 BC)
Overview: Faith in God's Sovereignty Through Trials (c 1-42)
Theme: God Answers Job (c 38-41)
Message: God Speaks in the Whirlwind (v 1-34)

Job 41 Commentary

(41:1-34) God Asked Job a Rhetorical Question - While the behemoth (40:15) lived on land, leviathan was a sea creature. Whether a real or mythical animal, leviathan is described as having thick scales like a crocodile, breathing fire like a dragon, and being tremendously strong. God asked Job rhetorically if he could catch it and turn it into a pet. Job obviously could not capture or kill it. Asaph, one of the psalmists, said of the Lord, "Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness" (Psalm. 74:14). Isaiah prophesied that the Lord would take his sword and kill the sea monster leviathan (Isaiah 27:1). While Job was a wealthy and powerful man at one time, his reach was nothing compared to the unlimited power and authority of God.

(41:11) God Reminds Us That He Owns it All - The Lord told Job that everything under heaven belongs to him. In other passages in the Bible we also read that the highest heaven, the earth, and everything in it belongs to God (Exodus 19:5; Deuteronomy 10:14;Psalms 24:1; 50:12). This truth is foundational for a proper understanding of how we handle everything we have. All we have ultimately belongs to God, not just what we give away to others. Our very lives also belong to God, and we should live fully and exclusively for his purposes and glory.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

The Patience of Job

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the Book of Job with Chapter 41. In our text today we see God continuing to speak before Job is restored. In this conversation we see the same type of dialog but what catches my eye is the patience of Job. How he waited on the Lord in such difficult times. In making application we will see that we too will face difficulties and although they wont be to the same magnitude of Job he has showed us how to respond and have his patience. How about you? Do you respond correctly to the trials in your life? Let us learn from our text today and the Job's life to remember to have the Patience of Job.


Job 41

Job 41

 1Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?

 2Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?

 3Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee?

 4Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever?

 5Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?

 6Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants?

 7Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears?

 8Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more.

 9Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him?

 10None is so fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before me?

 11Who hath prevented me, that I should repay him? whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine.

 12I will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his comely proportion.

 13Who can discover the face of his garment? or who can come to him with his double bridle?

 14Who can open the doors of his face? his teeth are terrible round about.

 15His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal.

 16One is so near to another, that no air can come between them.

 17They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered.

 18By his neesings a light doth shine, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.

 19Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out.

 20Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron.

 21His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth.

 22In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him.

 23The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved.

 24His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone.

 25When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of breakings they purify themselves.

 26The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon.

 27He esteemeth iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood.

 28The arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones are turned with him into stubble.

 29Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear.

 30Sharp stones are under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire.

 31He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment.

 32He maketh a path to shine after him; one would think the deep to be hoary.

 33Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear.

 34He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.