40 The Lord continued his response to Job by saying:
2 “Should the one who is fighting the Almighty find fault with him?[a] Let God’s accuser answer.”
Job Acknowledges His Limitations
3 Then Job replied to the Lord. He said:
4 “I must look insignificant to you! How can I answer you? I’m speechless.[b] 5 I spoke once, but I can’t answer; I tried[c] a second time, but I won’t do so anymore.”
The Lord Continues to Interrogate Job
6 The Lord answered Job from the wind storm and told him:
7 “Stand up[d] like a man! I’ll ask you some questions, and you give me some answers! 8 Indeed would you annul my justice and condemn me, just so you can claim that you’re righteous? 9 Do you have strength[e] like God? Can you create thunder with a sound[f] like he can?”
Can You Save Yourself?
10 “When you have adorned yourself with exalted majesty, clothed yourself with splendor and dignity,[g] 11 dispensed the fury of your anger, made sure[h] that you have humbled every proud person, 12 stared down and subdued every proud person, trampled the wicked right where they are, 13 buried[i] them in the dust together, and sent them bound to that secret place,[j] 14 then I will applaud you myself! I’ll admit that you can deliver yourself by your own efforts!”
15 “Please observe[k] Behemoth,[l] which I made along with you. He eats grass like an ox. 16 Now take a look at the strength that he has in his loins, and in the muscles of his abdomen. 17 His tail protrudes stiffly, like cedar;[m] the sinews of his thigh interlink for strength. 18 His bones are conduits[n] of bronze;[o] his strong bones are like bars of iron. 19 He is the grandest[p] of God’s undertakings,[q] yet his creator is approaching him with his sword.[r]
20 Mountains produce food for him, where all the wild animals frolic. 21 He lies under the lotus trees, hiding under reeds and marshes.[s] 22 The lotus trees cover him with their shade, and willows that line the wadis[t] surround him. 23 What you see as a raging river doesn’t alarm him; he is confident when the Jordan overflows. 24 Are your eyes looking to capture him, or to pierce his snout with a bridle?”
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