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What was Behemoth?

In the Fortieth chapter of Job, the Lord mentions a great and mighty creature called Behemoth.

Job 40:15-24 

"Look at Behemoth, which I made along with you and which feeds on grass like an ox. What strength it has in its loins, what power in the muscles of its belly! 

Its tail sways like a cedar; the sinews of its thighs are close-knit. 

Its bones are tubes of bronze, its limbs like rods of iron. 

It ranks first among the works of God, yet its Maker can approach it with his sword. The hills bring it their produce, and all the wild animals play nearby. 

Under the lotus plants it lies, hidden among the reeds in the marsh. 

The lotuses conceal it in their shadow; the poplars by the stream surround it. 

A raging river does not alarm it; it is secure, though the Jordan should surge against its mouth. 

Can anyone capture it by the eyes, or trap it and pierce its nose?

While the exact identity is unknown, many people have tried to figure out what it is.

I have my theories, but I want to see what you guys think.

7 Answers

  • 1 month ago
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    It was an apatosaurus.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    A Nile crocodile.

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  • Prince
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    The largest of the hecatoncheires. It is a close relative of Cthulu, having a thousand tentacles, and is depicted on the Great Seal of the United States in the water upon which is resting the Truncated Pyramid--those ain't reeds, honey. 

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  • BJ
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Behemoth is generally considered to be the hippopotamus.

    In fact, a number of Bible translations (AT, La, Ro, NW, JB, RS) use the word “hippopotamus” in the main text or in footnotes to identify the creature referred to by God.

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  • Tina
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Apart from the grass-eating it sounds like a crocodile.

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  • 1 month ago

    A giant biblical monster in revelation.

  • 1 month ago

    A mongoose? Mongeese are cute!

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