Scripture References:  The Book of Job

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Book of Job References

Scriptures Related to Creation/Nature/Outdoors

Here is a big list of references in the ancient Book of Job pertaining to creation, science, nature, and exploring God’s handiwork with thanksgiving.  The speaker is indicated where appropriate.  Since God’s answer at the end of the book is almost 100% creation science, it is included in its entirety along with subject categories such as [geology, astronomy].  Consider how creation was the only solution God offered to the problem of suffering.  This means that creation is not merely an intellectual subject, but provides hope in God’s sovereign power to do the right and just thing, even when we do not understand.  It also illustrates God’s continuing providential care for His world, a concern and interest that we, as his appointed stewards, should share.
See also: general Scripture References and references in Psalms and Proverbs.

Note: short descriptions, not complete quotations, are provided for each passage.  Be sure to examine the verses in context.

The Book of Job

Job   1:7, 2:2Satan roams about the earth
Job   1:16Natural disasters: v16 fire of God, v19 whirlwind
Job   1:21 Job: Naked came I, and naked will I return; the Lord has given
Job  2:10 Job: Shall we indeed accept good from God and not adversity?
Job  3:20 Job: Why is light given to him who suffers...who long for death?
Job  5:6 Eliphaz: For affliction does not come from the dust nor trouble from ground
Job  5:7 Eliphaz: Man is born for trouble as the sparks fly upward
Job  5:9 Eliphaz: [God] does great and unsearchable things, wonders without number
Job  5:10 Eliphaz: grain, rain etc.
Job  5:22 Eliphaz: You will laugh at violence, famine; not be afraid of beasts
Job  5:23 Eliphaz: in league with stones of the field; beasts will be at peace with you
Job  7:17 Job: What is man that you magnify him, art concerned about him?
Job  9:5 Job: It is God who removes moutains, they know not how,
Job  9:6 Job: Who shakes the earth out of its place, pillars tremble
Job  9:7 Job: Who commands sun not to shine, sets seal upon the stars
Job  9:8 Job: Who alone stretches out the heavens, tramples waves of sea
Job  9:9 Job: Who makes Bear, Orion, Pleiades, chambers of the South
Job  9:10 Job: Who does great unfathomable things, wonders w/o number
Job 10:3 Does it seem good to you to oppress, to despise the work of your hands
Job 10:8-9 Job: Thy hands fashioned and made me, would Thou destroy me?
Job 10:10-11 Job: (Poetic description of God’s creation of Job)
Job 11:7 Zophar: Can you discover depths of God, limits of the Almighty?
Job 11:8 Zophar: They are higher than the heavens, deeper than Sheol
Job 11:9 Zophar: Its measxure longer than the earth, broader than the sea
Job 12:7 Job: Ask the beasts, and let them teach you; let birds tell you
Job 12:8 Job: Or speak to the earth and let it teach you, let fish of the sea declare
Job 12:9 Job: Who among all these does not know hand of God done this
Job 12:10 Job: In whose hand is the life/breath of every living thing
Job 12:!5 Job: He restrains the waters, they dry up, sends them out, inundate earth
Job 12:22 Job: He reveals mysteries from the darkness, brings deep darkness to light
Job 14:1 Job: Man who is born of woman is short-lived, full of turmoil
Job 14:7-12 Job: Tree can resprout, but man dies and is no more
Job 14:18-22 Job: (Man’s hope being destroyed compared to mountain erosion)
Job 15:7 Eliphaz: Were you brought forth before the hills?
Job 15:15 Eliphaz: The heavens are not pure in His sight
Job 15:16 Eliphaz: How much less one who is detestable and corrup, drinks iniquity like water
Job 18:4 Bildad: For your sake is earth to be abandoned, the rock to be moved from its place?
Job 20:17 Zophar: The wicked does not look at the streams, the rivers flowing with honey
Job 21:10-25 Job: (Claims some wicked suffer, others prosper, his ox mates without fail)
Job 22:2 Eliphaz: Can a vigorous man be of use to God, or a wise man useful to himself?
Job 22:12 Eliphaz Is not God in height of heaven? Look also at distant stars, how high they are!
Job 25:3 Bildad: Is there any number to His troops? and upon whom does His light not rise?
Job 25:5 Bildad: If even the moon has no brightness, and the stars are not pure in His sight,
Job 25:6 Bildad: How much less man, that maggot, and the son of man, that worm!
Job 26:7 Job: He stretches out the north over empty space, hangs the earth upon nothing
Job 26:8 Job: He wraps up waters in clouds, cloud does not burst under them
Job 26:9 Job: He obscures the face of full moon, spreads cloud over it
Job 26:10 Job: He inscribed a circle on surface of the earth, at boundary of light and darkness
Job 26:11 Job: The pillars of heaven tremble, and are amazed at His rebuke
Job 26:12 Job: He quieted the sea with His power, and by His understanding He shattered Rahab
Job 26:13 Job: By His breath the heavens are cleared: His hand has pierced the fleeing serpent
Job 26:14a Job: Behold, these are the fringes of His ways, and how faint a word we hear of Him!
Job 26:14b But His mighty thunder who can understand?
Job 28:1-28 Job: (Compares search for wisdom like mining for precious stones)
Job 28:13-14 Job: Nor is (wisdom) found in land of loving, not in sea or deep
Job 28:21 Job: Wisdom hidden from eyes of all living; concealed from birds of the sky
Job 28:23 Job: God understands its way; He knows its place
Job 28:24 Job: For He looks to the ends of the earth, and sees everything under the heavens
Job 28:25 Job: When He imparted weight to the wind, and meted out waters by measure
Job 28:26 Job: When He set a limit for the rain, and a course for the thunderbolt
Job 28:27 Job: Then He saw it and declared it, He established it and found it out
Job 28:28 Job: And to man He said, behold the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom
Job 30:4 Job: (low-lifes) who eat of the weeds, and live in holes of earth and rocks
Job 30:27 Job: I have become a brother to jackals, a companion to ostriches
Job 31:15 Job: Did not He who made me in the womb make him, same one fashion us?
Job 31:26-27 Job: If I have looked at the sun or moon, become enticed (to worship them)
Job 31:33 Job: Have I covered my transgressions like Adam
Job 31:38 Job: If my land cries out against me, and its furrows weep together
Job 31:39 Job: If I have eaten its fruit without money, or caused its owners to die
Job 31:40 Job: Let briars grow instead of wheat, and stinkweed instead of barley
Job 32:22 Elihu: Else my Maker would soon take me away
Job 33:4 Elihu: The spirit of God has bade me; breath of Almighty gives me life
Job 33:6 Elihu: I belong to God like you; I too have been formed out of the clay
Job 33:19 Elihu: Man is also chastened with pain on his bed, unceasing complaint in his bones
Job 33:20 Elihu: So that his life loathes bread, and his soul favorite food
Job 33:21 Elihu: Flesh wastes away from sight, bones not seen stick out
Job 33:22 Elihu: Then his soul draws near to the pit, and his life to those who bring death
Job 33:29 Elihu: Behold, God does all these often with man to bring back his soul from the pit
Job 34:13 Elihu: Who gave Him authority over the earth? and who laid on Him the whole world?
Job 34:14 Elihu: If He should determine to do so, if He should gather to Himself His spirit
Job 34:15 Elihu: All flesh would perish together, and man would return to dust
Job 34:19 Elihu: Who shows no partiality to princes . . . for they all are the work of His hands
Job 35:5 Elihu: Look at the heavens and see, behold clouds - higher than you
Job 35:10 Elihu: No one says where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night
Job 35:11 Elihu: Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth, makes us wiser than birds
Job 36:22 Elihu: Behold, God is exalted in His power; who is a teacher like Him?
Job 36:24 Elihu: Remember that you should exalt His work, of which men have sung
Job 36:25 Elihu: All men have seen it; man beholds from afar
Job 36:26 Elihu: Behold, God is exalted; the number of His years is unsearchable
Job 36:27 Elihu: He draws up the drops of water; they distill rain from the mist
Job 36:28 Elihu: Which the clouds pour down; they drip upon man abundantly
Job 36:29 Elihu: Can anyone understand the spreading of the clouds, thundering
Job 36:30 Elihu: He spreads His lightning about Him, and He covers the depths of the sea
Job 36:31 Elihu: For by these He judges peoples; He gives food in abundance
Job 36:32 Elihu: He covers His hands with the lightning, and commands it to strike the mark
Job 36:33 Elihu: Its noise declares His presence; the cattle also, concerning what is coming
Job 37:1 Elihu: At this also my heart trembles, and leaps from its place
Job 37:2 Elihu: Listen closely to the thunder of His voice; rumbling goes from His mouth
Job 37:3 Elihu: Under whole heaven He lets it loose; His lightning to the ends of the earth
Job 37:4 Elihu: After it a voice roars; He thunders majestic voice, does not restrain lightning
Job 37:5 Elihu: God thunders with His voice wondrously, doing great things we cannot comprehend
Job 37:6 Elihu: For to the snow He says fall on the earth; to the downpour of rain, be strong
Job 37:7 Elihu: He seals the hand of every man, that all men may know His work
Job 37:8 Elihu: The the beast goes into its lair and remains in its den
Job 37:9 Elihu: Out of the south comes the storm, and out of the north the cold
Job 37:10 Elihu: From the breath of God ice is made, the expanse of waters is frozen
Job 37:11 Elihu: With moisture He loads the thick cloud, disperses cloud of lightning
Job 37:12 Elihu: It changes direction, turn around by His guidance that it may do whatever He commands
Job 37:13 Elihu: Whether for correction, for His world, for lovingkindness, He causes it to happen
Job 37:14 Elihu: Listen to this, O Job; stand and consider the wonders of God
Job 37:15 Elihu: Do you know how God established them? Lightning, cloud
Job 37:16 Elihu: Layers of the thick clouds; wonders of One perfect in knowledge
Job 37:17 Elihu: You whose garments are hot, when the land is still because of south wind
Job 37:18 Elihu: Can you, with Him, spread out the skies, strong as a molten mirror?
Job 37:19 Elihu: Teach us what we shall say to Him; we cannot arrange our case because of darkness
Job 37:20 Elihu: Shall it be told Him that I would speak? Should man say, he would be swallowed up
Job 37:21 Elihu: And now men do not see the light, bright in skies, wind passed and cleared
Job 37:22 Elihu: Out of the north comes golden splendor, around God is awesome majesty
Job 37:23 Elihu: Almighty - we cannot find Him, He is exalted in power, will not do violence to justice
Job 37:24 Elihu: Therefore men fear Him; He does not regard any who are wise of heart
Job 38-42: God’s science exam for Job
Job 38:1 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said
Job 38:2 Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
Job 38:3 Now gird up your loins like a man, and I will ask you, and you will instruct me
Job 38:4 Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? [geology, planetary science]
Job 38:5 Who set its measurements...set out the line on it [mathematics, geology]
Job 38:6 On what were its bases sunk or who laid its cornerstone? [engineering, architecture, geology]
Job 38:7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy
Job 38:8 Or who enclosed the sea with doors, when bursting forth from the womb [oceanography, Flood]
Job 38:9 When I made a cloud its garment & thick darkness its swaddling band [oceanography, meteorology]
Job 38:10 and placed boundaries on it and set a bolt and doors [oceanography]
Job 38:11 and said Thus far you shall come, and no farther, here your proud waves stop [oceanography]
Job 38:12 Have you ever commanded the morning, caused dawn [planetary science, astronomy]
Job 38:13 That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, shake the wicked out
Job 38:14 It is changed like clay under the seal, stands forth like a garment [optics]
Job 38:15 From the wicked their light is withheld, uplifted arm is broken
Job 38:16 Have you entered the springs of the sea? recesses of the deep? [oceanography, geology]
Job 38:17 Have the gates of death been revealed to you? gates of deep darkness? [medicine, homeostasis]
Job 38:18 Have you understood the expanse of the earth? Tell me, if you know [measurement]
Job 38:19 Where is the way to the dwelling of light? darkness? [physics, optics, electromagnetics]
Job 38:20 [light] that you may take it to its territory, discern paths to its home [physics, optics, wave mechanics]
Job 38:21 You know, for you were born then, and the number of your days is great!
Job 38:22 Have you entered the storehouses of snow...hail [meteorology, thermodynamics]
Job 38:23 [snow/hail] reserved for time of distress, for day of war and battle [God's providence]
Job 38:24 Where is the way that light is divided, or the east wind scattered? [optics, meteorology]
Job 38:25 Who has cleft a channel for the flood, or a way for the thunderbolt? [geology, electromagnetics]
Job 38:26 To bring rain on a land without inhabitant, on a desert without man [ecology]
Job 38:27 To satisfy the waste and desolate land, to make the seeds and grass sprout [ecology, botany]
Job 38:28 Has the rain a father? Who has begotten the drops of dew? [meteorology, physical chemistry]
Job 28:29 From whose womb has come the ice, the frost of heaven [meteorology, thermodynamics]
Job 38:30 Water becomes hard like stone, surface of the deep imprisoned [thermodynamics, chemistry]
Job 38:31 Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades...loose cords of Orion? [gravity, physics, astronomy]
Job 38:32 Can you lead forth a constellation in its season, guide the Bear [astronomy, planetary science]
Job 38:33 Do you know the ordinances of the heavens, or fix their rule [physics, astronomy]
Job 38:34 Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, that an abundance of water [meteorology]
Job 38:35 Can you send forth lightnings, that they may go and say [meteorology, telecommunications?]
Job 38:36 Who has put wisdom in the innermost being, given understanding to the mind? [psychology]
Job 38:37 Who can count the clouds by wisdom...tip the water jars of the heavens? [meteorology]
Job 38:38 When the dust hardens into a mass, and the clods stick together [minerology, geology]
Job 38:39 [lion] Can you hunt the prey for the lion, satisfy appetite of the young lions [zoology, ecology]
Job 38:40 [lion] When they crouch in their dens, and lie in wait in their lair [zoology]
Job 38:41 [raven] Who prepares for the raven its nourishment, when its young cry to God [ornithology, ecology]
Job 39:1 [goat, deer] Do you know the time the mountain goats give birth...calving of the deer? [zoology]
Job 39:2 [deer] Can you count the months they fulfill, know time of birth [embryology]
Job 39:3 [deer] They kneel down, they bring forth their young [gestation, biology]
Job 39:4 [deer] Their offspring become strong, they grow up in the open field [growth and development]
Job 39:5 [donkey] Who sent out the wild donkey free?...loosed the bonds of the swift donkey [zoology]
Job 39:6 [donkey] To whom I gave the wilderness for a home, and the salt land for dwelling [ecology]
Job 39:7 [donkey] He scorns the tumult of the city, the shoutings of the driver [animal behavior]
Job 39:8 [donkey] He explores the mountains for his pasture, searches every green thing [ecology]
Job 39:9 [ox] Will the wild ox consent to serve you?...spend the night at your manger? [zoology]
Job 39:10 [ox] Can you bind the wild ox in a furrow with ropes? [zoology]
Job 39:11 [ox] Will you trust him because his strength is great, and leave your labor? [physiology]
Job 39:12 [ox] Will you have faith in him that he will return your grain and gather [zoology]
Job 39:13 The ostrich's wings flap joyously with the pinion and plumage of love [ornithology]
Job 39:14 [ostrich] For she abandons her eggs to the earth, and warms them in the dust [animal behavior]
Job 39:15 [ostrich] and she forgets that a foot may crush them [animal psychology]
Job 39:16 [ostrich] She treats her young cruelly, as if they were not hers [animal psychology]
Job 39:17 [ostrich] Because God has made her forget wisdom, and has not given her a share
Job 39:18 [ostrich] When she lifts herself on high, she laughs at the horse and his rider [physiology]
Job 39:19 Do you give the horse his might?...clothe his neck with a mane? [zoology]
Job 39:20 [horse] Do you make him leap like the locust?...majestic snorting [physiology]
Job 39:21 [horse] He paws in the valley and rejoices in his strength [animal behavior]
Job 39:22 [horse] He laughs at fear and is not dismayed, does not turn from the sword
Job 39:23 [horse] The quiver rattles against him, the flashing spear and javelin
Job 39:24 [horse] With shaking rage he races over the ground, does not stand at voice of trumpet
Job 39:25 [horse] He says "Aha!" and he scents the battle from afar
Job 39:26 [hawk] Is it by your understanding the hawk soars, stretching his wings [ornithology]
Job 39:27 [hawk] Is it at your command the eagle mounts up, and makes his nest on high?
Job 39:28 [hawk] On the cliff he dwells and lodges, upon the rocky crag, an inaccessible place
Job 39:29 [hawk] From there he spies out food, his eyes see it from afar [anatomy, optics]
Job 39:30 [hawk] His young ones also suck up blood, and where the slain are is he
Job 40:1 Then the Lord said to Job, "Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty?
Job 40:2 Let him who reproves God answer."
Job 40:3 Job: Behold, I am insignificant, what can I reply to Thee?
Job 40:4 Job: I lay my hand on my mouth
Job 40:5 Job: Once I have spoken, and I will not answer; twice, and I will add no more
Job 40:6 The the Lord answered Job out of the storm, and said,
Job 40:7 Now gird up your loins like a man; I will ask you, and you will instruct Me.
Job 40:8 Will you really annul My judgment? Will you condemn Me that you may be justified?
Job 40:9 Or do you have an arm like God, and can you thunder with a voice like His?
Job 40:10 Adorn yourself with eminence and dignity and clothe yourself with honor and majesty.
Job 40:11 Pour out the overflowings of your anger, and look on everyone who is proud
Job 40:12 and humble him, and tread down the wicked where they stand
Job 40:13 Hide them in the dust together; bind them in the hidden place
Job 40:14 Then I will also confess to you, that your own right hand can save you.
Job 40:15 [behemoth] Behold now behemoth, which I made as well as you...eats grass like an ox
Job 40:16 [behemoth] ...his strength is in his loins, and his power in the muscles of his belly
Job 40:17 [behemoth] He bends his tail like a cedar; the sinews of his thighs are knit together
Job 40:18 [behemoth] His bones are tubes of bronze; his limbs are like bars of iron
Job 40:19 [behemoth] He is the first of the ways of God; let his maker bring near his sword
Job 40:20 [behemoth] Surely the mountains bring him food, and all the beasts of the field play
Job 40:21 [behemoth] Under the lotus plants he lies down, in the covert of the reeds and the marsh
Job 40:22 [behemoth] The lotus plants cover him with shade; the willows of the brook surround him
Job 40:23 [behemoth] If a river rages, he is not alarmed; he is confident though Jordan rushes
Job 40:24 [behemoth] Can anyone capture him when he is on watch? with barbs can anyone pierce
Job 41:1 [leviathan] Can you draw out Leviathan with a fish down tongue with a cord?
Job 41:2 [leviathan] Can you put a rope in his nose? or pierce his jaw with a hook?
Job 41:3 [leviathan] Will he maake many supplications to you...speak to you soft words?
Job 41:4 [leviathan] Will he make a covenant with you...will you take him for a servant forever?
Job 41:5 [leviathan] Will you play with him as with a bird? Or will you bind him for your maidens?
Job 41:6 [leviathan] Will the traders bargain over him? Will they divide him among the merchants?
Job 41:7 [leviathan] Can you fill his skin with harpoons or his head with fishing spears?
Job 41:8 [leviathan] Lay your hand on him; remember the battle - you will not do it again!
Job 41:9 [leviathan] Behold, your expectation is false; will you be laid low even at the sight of him?
Job 41:10 [leviathan] No one is so fierce that he dares to arouse him; who then is he that can stand before Me?
Job 41:11 Who has given to Me that I should repay him? Whatever is under the whole heaven is Mine.
Job 41:12 [leviathan] his limbs, mighty strength, orderly frame
Job 41:13 [leviathan] Who can strip off his outer armor...come within his double mail?
Job 41:14 [leviathan] Who can open the doors of his face? Around his teeth there is terror
Job 41:15 [leviathan] His strong scales are his pride; shut up as with a tight seal
Job 41:16 [leviathan] One is so near another, no air can come between them
Job 41:17 [leviathan] They are joined one to another, clasp each other, cannot be separated
Job 41:18 [leviathan] Sneezes flash forth light; eyes are like eyelids of the morning
Job 41:19 [leviathan] Out of his mouth go burning torches, sparks of fire leap forth
Job 41:20 [leviathan] Out of his nostrils smoke goes forth, as from a boiling pot burning rushes
Job 41:21 [leviathan] His breath kindles coals, flame goes forth from his mouth
Job 41:22 [leviathan] In his neck lodges strength; dismay leaps before him
Job 41:23 [leviathan] Folds of his flesh are joined together, firm, immovable
Job 41:24 [leviathan] His heart is as hard as stone, as a lower millstone
Job 41:25 [leviathan] When he raises himself up, the mighty fear; crashing, bewildered
Job 41:26 [leviathan] Sword that reaches him cannot avail, nor spear, dart, javelin
Job 41:27 [leviathan] He regards iron as straw, bronze as rotten wood
Job 41:28 [leviathan] Arrows can't make him flee; slingstones turned into stubble
Job 41:29 [leviathan] Clubs are like stubble; he laughs at the javelin
Job 41:30 [leviathan] His underparts are like sharp potsherds; spreads out like threshing sledge
Job 41:31 [leviathan] He makes the depths boil like a pot; makes sea a jar of ointment
Job 41:32 [leviathan] Behind him makes a wake to shine; one would think the deep gray haired
Job 41:33 [leviathan] Nothing on earth is like him; one made without fear
Job 41:34 [leviathan] He looks on everything high; he is king over the sons of pride.
Job 42:1 Job: Job answered and said,
Job 42:2 Job: I know Thou canst do all things, no purpose of Thine can be thwarted
Job 42:3a Job: "Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?" I declared what I
Job 42:3b Job: did not understand; things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
Job 42:4 Job: Hear now and I will speak; I will ask Thee, and do Thou instruct me
Job 42:5 Job: I have heard of Thee by hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees Thee.
Job 42:6 Job: Therefore I retract, and I repent in dust and ashes.
Job 42:7-8 God's wrath: "you have not spoken of Me what was right, as my servant Job has."
Job 42:12-17 Now the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than the beginning.