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Job 40 New Life Version (NLV)

The Lord Is Speaking to Job

40 Then the Lord said to Job, “Will one who finds fault not agree with the All-powerful? He who speaks strong words against God, let him answer.”

Job answered the Lord and said, “See, I am not important. What can I answer You? I put my hand on my mouth. I have spoken once, and I cannot answer; even twice, and I have no more to say.”

Then the Lord answered out of the storm, and said, “Get ready like a man. I will ask you, and you answer Me. Will you say what I decide is wrong? Will you say that I have done wrong, that you may be made right? Do you have an arm like God? Can you thunder with a voice like His?

10 “Dress yourself with shining-greatness and great power. Cover yourself with honor and greatness. 11 Pour out your anger that is flowing over. Look on everyone who is proud, and put him to shame. 12 Look on everyone who is proud, and bring him down. Crush the sinful where they stand. 13 Hide them all in the dust together. Shut them up in the hidden place. 14 Then I will also tell you that your own right hand can save you.

15 “See now the hippopotamus, which I made as well as you. He eats grass like an ox. 16 See, his strength is in his body. His power is in his stomach. 17 He moves his tail like a cedar tree. His legs are made very strong. 18 His bones are like brass. His legs are like pieces of iron.

19 “He is the first of the works of God. Let his maker bring him his sword. 20 For sure the mountains bring food to him where all the animals of the field play. 21 He lies down under the lotus plants, hidden in the high river grass. 22 He lies in the shadow of the lotus plants, with the willow trees of the river around him. 23 If a river flows over, he is not afraid. He is sure of himself even if the Jordan rushes against his mouth. 24 Can anyone take him when he is watching? Can anyone catch him and put a ring in his nose?

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