40 I am the Lord All-Powerful, 2 but you have argued that I am wrong. Now you must answer me.
3 Job said to the Lord: 4 Who am I to answer you? 5 I did speak once or twice, but never again.
6 Then out of the storm the Lord said to Job: 7 Face me and answer the questions I ask! 8 Are you trying to prove that you are innocent by accusing me of injustice? 9 Do you have a powerful arm and a thundering voice that compare with mine? 10 If so, then surround yourself with glory and majesty. 11 Show your furious anger! Throw down and crush 12 all who are proud and evil. 13 Wrap them in grave clothes and bury them together in the dusty soil. 14 Do this, and I will agree that you have won this argument.
I Created You
15 I created both you and the hippopotamus.[a] It eats only grass like an ox, 16 but look at the mighty muscles in its body 17 and legs. Its tail is like a cedar tree, and its thighs are thick. 18 The bones in its legs are like bronze or iron.
19 I made it more powerful than any other creature, yet I am stronger still. 20 Undisturbed, it eats grass while the other animals play nearby.[b] 21 It rests in the shade of trees along the riverbank 22 or hides among reeds in the swamp. 23 It remains calm and unafraid with the Jordan River rushing and splashing in its face. 24 There is no way to capture a hippopotamus— not even by hooking its nose or blinding its eyes.
40.15the hippopotamus: The Hebrew text has “Behemoth,” which was sometimes understood to be a sea monster like Rahab (9.13; 26.12), Leviathan (3.8; 41.1), and Tannin (7.12).
40.20nearby: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 20.
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