Job 40
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1And the LORD said to Job:1The LORD answered Job:
2“Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty? He who argues with God, let him answer it.”2Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him? Let him who argues with God give an answer.
3Then Job answered the LORD and said:3Then Job answered the LORD:
4“Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth.4I am so insignificant. How can I answer You? I place my hand over my mouth.
5I have spoken once, and I will not answer; twice, but I will proceed no further.”5I have spoken once, and I will not reply; twice, but now I can add nothing.
6Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:6Then the LORD answered Job from the whirlwind:
7“Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me.7Get ready to answer Me like a man; When I question you, you will inform Me.
8Will you even put me in the wrong? Will you condemn me that you may be in the right?8Would you really challenge My justice? Would you declare Me guilty to justify yourself?
9Have you an arm like God, and can you thunder with a voice like his?9Do you have an arm like God's? Can you thunder with a voice like His?
10“Adorn yourself with majesty and dignity; clothe yourself with glory and splendor.10Adorn yourself with majesty and splendor, and clothe yourself with honor and glory.
11Pour out the overflowings of your anger, and look on everyone who is proud and abase him.11Unleash your raging anger; look on every proud person and humiliate him.
12Look on everyone who is proud and bring him low and tread down the wicked where they stand.12Look on every proud person and humble him; trample the wicked where they stand.
13Hide them all in the dust together; bind their faces in the world below.13Hide them together in the dust; imprison them in the grave.
14Then will I also acknowledge to you that your own right hand can save you.14Then I will confess to you that your own right hand can deliver you.
15“Behold, Behemoth, which I made as I made you; he eats grass like an ox.15Look at Behemoth, which I made along with you. He eats grass like an ox.
16Behold, his strength in his loins, and his power in the muscles of his belly.16Look at the strength of his loins and the power in the muscles of his belly.
17He makes his tail stiff like a cedar; the sinews of his thighs are knit together.17He stiffens his tail like a cedar tree; the tendons of his thighs are woven firmly together.
18His bones are tubes of bronze, his limbs like bars of iron.18His bones are bronze tubes; his limbs are like iron rods.
19“He is the first of the works of God; let him who made him bring near his sword!19He is the foremost of God's works; only his Maker can draw the sword against him.
20For the mountains yield food for him where all the wild beasts play.20The hills yield food for him, while all sorts of wild animals play there.
21Under the lotus plants he lies, in the shelter of the reeds and in the marsh.21He lies under the lotus plants, hiding in the protection of marshy reeds.
22For his shade the lotus trees cover him; the willows of the brook surround him.22Lotus plants cover him with their shade; the willows by the brook surround him.
23Behold, if the river is turbulent he is not frightened; he is confident though Jordan rushes against his mouth.23Though the river rages, Behemoth is unafraid; he remains confident, even if the Jordan surges up to his mouth.
24Can one take him by his eyes, or pierce his nose with a snare?24Can anyone capture him while he looks on, or pierce his nose with snares?
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