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40 The Lord said to Job:

“Will the person who argues with God All-Powerful correct him?
    Let the person who accuses God answer him!”

Then Job answered the Lord:

“I am not worthy. I cannot answer you anything.
    I will put my hand over my mouth.
I spoke one time, but I will not answer again.
    I even spoke two times, but I will say nothing more.”

Then the Lord spoke to Job from the storm:

“Be strong, like a man.
    I will ask you questions.
    And you must answer me.
Would you say that I am unfair?
    Would you blame me to make yourself look right?
Are you as strong as God?
    And can your voice thunder like his?
10 If so, then decorate yourself with glory and beauty.
    And put on honor and greatness as if they were clothing.
11 Let your great anger punish.
    Look at everyone who is proud and make him feel unimportant.
12 Look at everyone who is proud and bring him under your control.
    Crush the wicked wherever they are.
13 Bury them all in the dirt together.
    Cover their faces in the grave.
14 If you can do that, then I myself will praise you
    because you are strong enough to save yourself.

15 “Look at Behemoth.[a]
    I made him just as I made you.
    He eats grass like an ox.
16 Look at the strength he has in his body.
    The muscles of his stomach are powerful!
17 His tail extends like a cedar tree.
    The muscles of his thighs are woven together.
18 His bones are like tubes of bronze metal.
    His legs are like bars of iron.
19 He is one of the first of God’s works.
    But God, his Maker, can destroy him.
20 The hills, where the wild animals play,
    provide food for him.
21 He lies under the lotus plants
    hidden by the tall grass in the swamp.
22 The lotus plants hide him in their shadow.
    The poplar trees by the streams surround him.
23 If the river floods, he will not be afraid.
    He is not afraid even if the Jordan River rushes to his mouth.
24 Can anyone blind his eyes and capture him?
    Can anyone put hooks in his nose?

Footnotes

  1. 40:15 Behemoth A large land animal, exact identity unknown.

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