Man’s War Companion

The book of Job is generally considered the oldest book in the English bible. Some place it around 1,500 BC. Yet in the 39th chapter of this book, we see the mention of the War Horse. This tells us at even that far back, the horse was an instrument of war for the cavalry then. Verses 19-25 give us a description of him specifically. Let us look at these verses.

Job 39:19 ¶ Hast thou given the horse strength? hast thou clothed his neck with thunder?
Job 39:20 Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper? the glory of his nostrils is terrible.
Job 39:21 He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth on to meet the armed men.
Job 39:22 He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted; neither turneth he back from the sword.
Job 39:23 The quiver rattleth against him, the glittering spear and the shield.
Job 39:24 He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage: neither believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet.
Job 39:25 He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.

Verses 19 and 20 give us a general description but not specifically relating to a war horse, just the horse. However, verse 20 mentions “armed Men”. This a battle. Verses 22-25 are telling us what war is like off of a war horse. Additionally, these verses give the war horse’s attitude in battle. “He (the horse) saith among the trumptets, Ha, ha”.

Additional verses in other books of the bible gives us a description of the “biblical horse” in general but Job goes into detail about the war horse.

Just think about that, God has given us a description of a creature that he has created and blessed. So much that he will return on him in the 19th chapter in Revelations.

This creature, the horse, has been blessed by God Almighty!

Food for thought, till next time.

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