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The Lord Speaks

40 Yahweh responded to Job,

“Will the person who finds fault with Shadday correct him?
    Will the person who argues with Eloah answer him?”

Job Speaks

Job answered Yahweh,

“I’m so insignificant. How can I answer you?
    I will put my hand over my mouth.
I spoke once, but I can’t answer—
    twice, but not again.”

The Lord Speaks: Can You Be Like Me, Job?

Then Yahweh responded to Job out of a storm,

“Brace yourself like a man!
    I will ask you, and you will teach me.

“Would you undo my justice?
    Would you condemn me so that you can be righteous?
Do you have power like El’s?
    Can you thunder with a voice like his?
10 Then dress yourself in majesty and dignity.
    Clothe yourself in splendor and glory.
11 Unleash your outbursts of anger.
    Look at all who are arrogant, and put them down.
12 Look at all who are arrogant, and humble them.
    Crush wicked people wherever they are.
13 Hide them completely in the dust,
    and cover their faces in the hidden place.
14 Then even I will praise you
    because your right hand can save you.

Can You Conquer Behemoth, Job?

15 “Look at Behemoth,[a] which I made along with you.
    It eats grass as cattle do.
16 Look at the strength in its back muscles,
    the power in its stomach muscles.
17 It makes its tail stiff like a cedar.
    The ligaments of its thighs are intertwined.
18 Its bones are bronze tubes.
    They are like iron bars.
19 Behemoth is the first of El’s conquests.
    Its maker approaches it with his sword.
20 The hills bring it food,
    and all the wild animals play there.
21 It lies down under the lotus plants
    in a hiding place among reeds and swamps.
22 Lotus plants provide it with cover.
    Poplars by the stream surround it.
23 Though the river flows powerfully against it, it’s not alarmed.
    It’s confident even when the Jordan rushes against its mouth.
24 Can anyone blind its eyes[b]
    or pierce its nose with snares?


  1. Job 40:15 The Hebrew word Behemoth means “beast, animal.”
  2. Job 40:24 Or “catch it with a trap.”

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