2 “Will the person who ·argues [contends] with the Almighty correct him? Let the person who ·accuses [reproves] God answer him.”
3 Then Job answered the Lord:
4 “I am ·not worthy [small]; I cannot answer you anything, so I will put my hand over my mouth [C to indicate no more talking]. 5 I spoke one time, but I will not answer again; I even spoke two times, but I will ·say [add] nothing more.”
6 Then the Lord spoke to Job from the ·storm [whirlwind]:
7 “·Be strong [Brace yourself; L Gird your loins], like a man! I will ask you questions, and you must ·answer [inform] me [38:3]. 8 Would you ·say that I am unfair [discredit my justice]? Would you ·blame [condemn] me to make yourself look ·right [righteous]? 9 ·Are you [L Is your arm] as strong as God? Can your voice thunder like his? 10 If so, then decorate yourself with ·glory [loftiness] and ·beauty [pride]; dress in ·honor [splendor] and ·greatness [majesty] as if they were clothing. 11 Let your great anger ·punish [L loose]; look at the proud and bring them down. 12 Look at the proud and make them ·humble [submit]. Crush the wicked wherever they ·are [stand]. 13 ·Bury [L Hide] them all in the ·dirt [dust] together; ·cover [hide] their faces in the ·grave [L hidden place]. 14 If you can do that, then I myself will ·praise [acknowledge] you, because ·you are strong enough to save yourself [L your right hand has given you the victory].
15 “Look at Behemoth, [C a large land animal or monster], which I made just as I made you. It eats grass like an ox. 16 Look at the strength it has in its ·body [L loins]; the muscles of its stomach are powerful. 17 Its tail ·is [stiffens] like a cedar tree; the ·muscles [sinews] of its thighs are woven together. 18 Its bones are like tubes of bronze; its legs are like bars of iron. 19 It is one of the first of God’s works, but its Maker can ·destroy it [L approach it with a sword]. 20 The hills, where the wild animals play, provide food for it. 21 It ·lies [lives] under the lotus plants, hidden by the ·tall grass in the swamp [reeds of the marsh]. 22 The lotus plants ·hide [cover] it in their shadow; the poplar trees by the ·streams [wadis] surround it. 23 If the river ·floods [grows turbulent], it will not ·be afraid [or hurry away]; it is ·safe [confident; secure] even if the Jordan River rushes to its mouth. 24 Can anyone ·blind its eyes and capture it [or take it with a hook]? Can anyone ·put hooks in its nose [pierce its nose with a snare]?
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