Amos 5:8

Hebrew Bible

6 Seek the Lord so you can live! Otherwise he will break out like fire against Joseph’s family; the fire will consume, and no one will be able to quench it and save Bethel. 7 The Israelites turn justice into bitterness; they throw what is fair and right to the ground. 8 But there is one who made the constellations Pleiades and Orion; he can turn the darkness into morning and daylight into night. He summons the water of the seas and pours it out on the earth’s surface. The Lord is his name! 9 He flashes destruction down upon the strong so that destruction overwhelms the fortified places. 10 The Israelites hate anyone who arbitrates at the city gate; they despise anyone who speaks honestly.

Job 38:31

Hebrew Bible

29 From whose womb does the ice emerge, and the frost from the sky, who gives birth to it, 30 when the waters become hard like stone, when the surface of the deep is frozen solid? 31 Can you tie the bands of the Pleiades or release the cords of Orion? 32 Can you lead out the constellations in their seasons or guide the Bear with its cubs? 33 Do you know the laws of the heavens, or can you set up their rule over the earth?

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 Notes and References

"... There is some indication in the Hebrew Bible that stars were believed to be divine beings that could influence the events on earth. Judges 5:20, where stars fight from heaven against Sisera, is perhaps the best example of such an idea. Stars were therefore venerated as deities both individually as, for example, the “queen of heaven”, identified as Ishtar—our Venus, in Jeremiah 7:18 and 44:17–19, and collectively as the “host of heaven” in, for example, 2 Kings 17:16, 21:3, 5, Jeremiah 19:13, and Zephaniah 1:5. Some scholars have suggested this astral worship was a direct result of Assyrian and then Babylonian influence. In any case, all such worship was illicit and condemned repeatedly by biblical authors. In fact, Deuteronomy 4:19 informs the Israelites that Yahweh gave the worship of celestial bodies to other nations, not to Israel. Although the Hebrew deity’s dwelling was in the heavenlies (Psalm 103:19), as high as the stars (Job 22:12, Isaiah 14:13), it is significant that Yahweh himself is never described as a star in the Hebrew Bible. Rather, Yahweh is always considered superior to anything in the celestial sphere. The stars and the heavenly host, for example, are often said to be created or counted or in some way controlled by Yahweh (e.g., Genesis 1:16, 2:1, Psalm 8:4, 136:9, 147:4, Jeremiah 31:35, Job 9:7 [see verse 9], Ezekiel 32:7, Isaiah 13:10, 40:26, Joel 2:10, 15 [and see Amos 5:8 and Job 38:31–32, which name particular stars]). In Psalm 148:2–4 celestial bodies offer praise to Yahweh; in Nehemiah 9:6 the host of heaven bow down to him, their creator; and in Job 25:5 the stars are said to be impure compared to the Hebrew god ..."

Lenzi, Alan "A Shuilla: Ea 1a" in Lenzi, Alan, (ed.) Reading Akkadian Prayers and Hymns: An Introduction (pp. 227-256) Society of Biblical Literature, 2011

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