Job 40

Job’s Reply to God’s Challenge

40:1 Then the Lord answered Job:

40:2 “Will the one who contends1 with the Almighty correct him?2

Let the person who accuses God give him an answer!”

40:3 Then Job answered the Lord:

40:4 “Indeed, I am completely unworthy3 – how could I reply to you?

I put4 my hand over my mouth to silence myself.5

40:5 I have spoken once, but I cannot answer;

twice, but I will say no more.”6

The Lord’s Second Speech7

40:6 Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind:

40:7 “Get ready for a difficult task8 like a man.

I will question you and you will inform me!

40:8 Would you indeed annul9 my justice?

Would you declare me guilty so that you might be right?

40:9 Do you have an arm as powerful as God’s,10

and can you thunder with a voice like his?

40:10 Adorn yourself, then, with majesty and excellency,

and clothe yourself with glory and honor!

40:11 Scatter abroad11 the abundance12 of your anger.

Look at every proud man13 and bring him low;

40:12 Look at every proud man and abase him;

crush the wicked on the spot!14

40:13 Hide them in the dust15 together,

imprison16 them17 in the grave.18

40:14 Then I myself will acknowledge19 to you

that your own right hand can save you.20

The Description of Behemoth21

40:15 “Look now at Behemoth,22 which I made as23 I made you;

it eats grass like the ox.

40:16 Look24 at its strength in its loins,

and its power in the muscles of its belly.

40:17 It makes its tail stiff25 like a cedar,

the sinews of its thighs are tightly wound.

40:18 Its bones are tubes of bronze,

its limbs like bars of iron.

40:19 It ranks first among the works of God,26

the One who made it

has furnished it with a sword.27

40:20 For the hills bring it food,28

where all the wild animals play.

40:21 Under the lotus trees it lies,

in the secrecy of the reeds and the marsh.

40:22 The lotus trees conceal it in their29 shadow;

the poplars by the stream conceal it.

40:23 If the river rages,30 it is not disturbed,

it is secure,31 though the Jordan

should surge up to its mouth.

40:24 Can anyone catch it by its eyes,32

or pierce its nose with a snare?33

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