Bible: Job 40

Job’s Reply to God’s Challenge

40:1 Then the Lord answered Job:

40:2Will the one who contends 1  with the Almighty correct him? 2 

Let the person who accuses God give him an answer!

40:3 Then Job answered the Lord:

40:4Indeed, I am completely unworthy 3 how could I reply to you?

I put 4  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 Speech 7 

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

40:7Get ready for a difficult task 8  like a man.

I will question you and you will inform me!

40:8 Would you indeed annul 9  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 abroad 11  the abundance 12  of your anger.

Look at every proud man 13  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 dust 15  together,

imprison 16  them 17  in the grave. 18 

40:14 Then I myself will acknowledge 19  to you

that your own right hand can save you. 20 

The Description of Behemoth 21 

40:15Look now at Behemoth, 22  which I made as 23  I made you;

it eats grass like the ox.

40:16 Look 24  at its strength in its loins,

and its power in the muscles of its belly.

40:17 It makes its tail stiff 25  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 their 29  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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