the people of the wilderness.Psa 104:25This
the sea, great and wide on both hands; there
creeping thingseven without number; living things, small and great.
There the ships go; You formed this great sea-animal to play in it.
In that day Jehovah shall visit the sea monster, the darting serpent, withHis great and fierce and strong sword; even on the sea monster, the twistingserpent; and He shall slay the monster that is in the sea. Job 3:7Behold, let that night be barren; let no joyful voice come in it.
Let those curse it who curse the day, those ready to stir up Leviathan. Job 3:9Let the stars of its twilight be dark; let it look for light, but have none, let itwait for eyelids of the dawn.
“Those who curse days” are magicians who know how to change days into
by their incantations. According to vulgar superstition, fromwhich the imagery of Job_3:8is borrowed, there was a special art of excitingthe dragon, which is the enemy of sun and moon, against them both, so that,by its devouring them, total darkness prevails. The dragon is called in Hindu
; the Chinese, and also the natives of Algeria, even at the present daymake a wild tumult with drums and copper vessels when an eclipse of thesun or moon occurs, until the dragon will release his prey.(Note: On the dragon
, that swallows up sun and moon, vid., Pott, inthe Hallische Lit. Zeitschr. 1849, No. 199; on the custom of the Chinese,Käuffer,
Das chinesische Volk
, S. 123. A similar custom among the nativesof Algeria I have read of in a newspaper (1856). Moreover, the cloudswhich conceal the sky the Indians represent as a serpent. It is
, thecloud-serpent, which Indra chases away when he divides the clouds withhis lightning. Vid., Westergaard in Weber's
. 1855, S.417.) Job wishes that this monster may swallow up the sun of his birth-day.
Leviathan OurobosYamIn Genesis 36 verse 24 and odd addition of information is given about Anah. He is said to havefound mules (yam) in the wilderness. The word for mules is yam which is translated in theTargum as terror. In the book of Jasher chapter 36 verse 29-35 it is told of 120 great andterrible animals that came out from the wilderness at the other side of the sea and came tothe place where the mules were. These animals were in the shape of men from the middledown and in the shape of different beasts from the middle up. The animals attacked Anah sohe fled to the city and related to his sons and brothers what happened to him.
Did Jehovah burn against rivers? Or
Your anger against the rivers? Or Your fury against the sea?
You ride on horses; Your chariots of salvation.
In the JPS footnotes on this verse it is written "Neharim=floods & Yam=Sea were marinemonsters vanquished by the LORD in hoary antiquity. On Yam see Ps 74:13; Job 7:12 Beingcalled both Yam & Nahar figures in early Canaanite literature.
Psa 74:13You broke the sea (yam) by Your strength; You burst the heads of sea-monsters (tanin) in the waters.Psa 74:14You cracked open the heads of leviathan; You gave him to
for thepeople of the wilderness. Job 7:12Am I a sea (yam), or a sea-monster (tanin), that You set a watch over me?
With His power He quiets the sea (yam), and by His understanding Heshatters pride (rahab).