2 “Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty? Let him who reproves God answer it.”
3 Then Job answered the Lord and said,
4 “Behold, I am insignificant; what can I reply to You? I lay my hand on my mouth. 5 “Once I have spoken, and I will not answer; Even twice, and I will add nothing more.”
God Questions Job
6 Then the Lord answered Job out of the storm and said,
7 “Now gird up your loins like a man; I will ask you, and you instruct Me. 8 “Will you really annul My judgment? Will you condemn Me that you may be justified? 9 “Or do you have an arm like God, And can you thunder with a voice like His?
10 “Adorn yourself with eminence and dignity, And clothe yourself with honor and majesty. 11 “Pour out the overflowings of your anger, And look on everyone who is proud, and make him low. 12 “Look on everyone who is proud, andhumble him, And tread down the wicked [a]where they stand. 13 “Hide them in the dust together; Bind [b]them in the hidden place. 14 “Then I will also [c]confess to you, That your own right hand can save you.
God’s Power Shown in Creatures
15 “Behold now, [d]Behemoth, which I made [e]as well as you; He eats grass like an ox. 16 “Behold now, his strength in his loins And his power in the muscles of his belly. 17 “He bends his tail like a cedar; The sinews of his thighs are knit together. 18 “His bones are tubes of bronze; His [f]limbs are like bars of iron.
19 “He is the first of the ways of God; Let his maker bring near his sword. 20 “Surely the mountains bring him food, And all the beasts of the field play there. 21 “Under the lotus plants he lies down, In the covert of the reeds and the marsh. 22 “The lotus plants cover him with [g]shade; The willows of the brook surround him. 23 “If a river [h]rages, he is not alarmed; He is confident, though the Jordan rushes to his mouth. 24 “Can anyone capture him [i]when he is on watch, With [j]barbs can anyone pierce his nose?
God’s Power Shown in Creatures
41 “[k]Can you draw out [l]Leviathan with a fishhook? Or press down his tongue with a cord? 2 “Can you put a [m]rope in his nose Or pierce his jaw with a [n]hook? 3 “Will he make many supplications to you, Or will he speak to you soft words? 4 “Will he make a covenant with you? Will you take him for a servant forever? 5 “Will you play with him as with a bird, Or will you bind him for your maidens? 6 “Will the [o]traders bargain over him? Will they divide him among the merchants? 7 “Can you fill his skin with harpoons, Or his head with fishing spears? 8 “Lay your hand on him; Remember the battle; [p]you will not do it again! 9 “[q]Behold, [r]your expectation is false; Will [s]you be laid low even at the sight of him? 10 “No one is so fierce that he dares to arouse him; Who then is he that can stand before Me? 11 “Who has [t]given to Me that I should repay him? Whatever is under the whole heaven is Mine.
12 “I will not keep silence concerning his limbs, Or his mighty strength, or his [u]orderly frame. 13 “Who can [v]strip off his outer armor? Who can come within his double [w]mail? 14 “Who can open the doors of his face? Around his teeth there is terror. 15 “His[x]strong scales are his pride, Shut up as with a tight seal. 16 “One is so near to another That no air can come between them. 17 “They are joined one to another; They clasp each other and cannot be separated. 18 “His sneezes flash forth light, And his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning. 19 “Out of his mouth go burning torches; Sparks of fire leap forth. 20 “Out of his nostrils smoke goes forth As from a boiling pot and burning rushes. 21 “His breath kindles coals, And a flame goes forth from his mouth. 22 “In his neck lodges strength, And dismay leaps before him. 23 “The folds of his flesh are joined together, Firm on him and immovable. 24 “His heart is as hard as a stone, Even as hard as a lower millstone. 25 “When he raises himself up, the [y]mighty fear; Because of the crashing they are bewildered. 26 “The sword that reaches him cannot avail, Nor the spear, the dart or the javelin. 27 “He regards iron as straw, Bronze as rotten wood. 28 “The [z]arrow cannot make him flee; Slingstones are turned into stubble for him. 29 “Clubs are regarded as stubble; He laughs at the rattling of the javelin. 30 “His underparts are like sharp potsherds; He [aa]spreads out like a threshing sledge on the mire. 31 “He makes the depths boil like a pot; He makes the sea like a jar of ointment. 32 “Behind him he makes a wake to shine; One would think the deep to be gray-haired. 33 “Nothing on [ab]earth is like him, One made without fear. 34 “[ac]He looks on everything that is high; He is king over all the sons of pride.”
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