Neesings Neesings
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“By his neesings a light doth shine, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning”
(Job 41:18).
This verse is the only place in the KJV Bible where the word ‘neesing’ is found. It is
simply an ‘old English’ expression for ‘sneezing’ and here refers to the noise made
by Leviathan. God is graciously speaking to dear Job, bringing him to the end of
himself that he might see his own littleness and how self righteousness has clouded
for Job, the work of God in his life.
As God speaks to him about His creation, He brings before Job His creature, Levia-
than
. There are differing views on what Leviathan refers to in the animal creation,
but many Biblical scholars conclude that it probably refers to large crocodiles.
Job had been proclaiming his ‘strength’ in maintaining his righteousness before God
and his ‘strength’ of wisdom in arguing that he was being treated unfairly in view of
his ‘upright’ and ‘righteous’ life. God, in grace, brings before him his utter ‘insignifi-
cance’ even when compared with ‘dumb’ but physically mighty creatures of God’s
creation. He shows dear Job that since he has no control over these creatures, how
foolish to think he should defend his righteousness with God.