40 I am the Lord All-Powerful, 2 but you have argued that I am wrong. Now you must answer me.
3 Job said to the Lord: 4 Who am I to answer you? 5 I did speak once or twice, but never again.
6 Then out of the storm the Lord said to Job: 7 Face me and answer the questions I ask! 8 Are you trying to prove that you are innocent by accusing me of injustice? 9 Do you have a powerful arm and a thundering voice that compare with mine? 10 If so, then surround yourself with glory and majesty. 11 Show your furious anger! Throw down and crush 12 all who are proud and evil. 13 Wrap them in grave clothes and bury them together in the dusty soil. 14 Do this, and I will agree that you have won this argument.
I Created You
15 I created both you and the hippopotamus.[a] It eats only grass like an ox, 16 but look at the mighty muscles in its body 17 and legs. Its tail is like a cedar tree, and its thighs are thick. 18 The bones in its legs are like bronze or iron.
19 I made it more powerful than any other creature, yet I am stronger still. 20 Undisturbed, it eats grass while the other animals play nearby.[b] 21 It rests in the shade of trees along the riverbank 22 or hides among reeds in the swamp. 23 It remains calm and unafraid with the Jordan River rushing and splashing in its face. 24 There is no way to capture a hippopotamus— not even by hooking its nose or blinding its eyes.
The Lord Continues
Can You Catch a Sea Monster?
41 Can you catch a sea monster[c] by using a fishhook? Can you tie its mouth shut with a rope? 2 Can it be led around by a ring in its nose or a hook in its jaw? 3 Will it beg for mercy? 4 Will it surrender as a slave for life? 5 Can it be tied by the leg like a pet bird for little girls? 6 Is it ever chopped up and its pieces bargained for in the fish-market? 7 Can it be killed with harpoons or spears? 8 Wrestle it just once— that will be the end. 9 Merely a glimpse of this monster makes all courage melt. 10 And if it is too fierce for anyone to attack, who would dare oppose me? 11 I am in command of the world and in debt to no one.
12 What powerful legs, what a stout body this monster possesses! 13 Who could strip off its armor or bring it under control with a harness? 14 Who would try to open its jaws, full of fearsome teeth? 15 Its back[d] is covered with shield after shield, 16 firmly bound and closer together 17 than breath to breath.
When This Monster Sneezes
18 When this monster sneezes, lightning flashes, and its eyes glow like the dawn. 19 Sparks and fiery flames explode from its mouth. 20 And smoke spews from its nose like steam from a boiling pot, 21 while its blazing breath scorches everything in sight.
22 Its neck is so tremendous that everyone trembles, 23 the weakest parts of its body are harder than iron, 24 and its heart is stone. 25 When this noisy monster appears, even the most powerful[e] turn and run in fear. 26 No sword or spear can harm it, 27 and weapons of bronze or iron are as useless as straw or rotten wood. 28 Rocks thrown from a sling cause it no more harm than husks of grain. This monster fears no arrows, 29 it simply smiles at spears, and striking it with a stick is like slapping it with straw.
30 As it crawls through the mud, its sharp and spiny hide tears the ground apart. 31 And when it swims down deep, the sea starts churning like boiling oil, 32 and it leaves behind a trail of shining white foam. 33 No other creature on earth is so fearless. 34 It is king of all proud creatures, and it looks upon the others as nothing.
Job’s Reply to the Lord
No One Can Oppose You
42 Job said:
2 No one can oppose you, because you have the power to do what you want. 3 You asked why I talk so much when I know so little. I have talked about things that are far beyond my understanding. 4 You told me to listen and answer your questions.[f] 5 I heard about you from others; now I have seen you with my own eyes. 6 That’s why I hate myself and sit here in dust and ashes to show my sorrow.
The Lord Corrects Job’s Friends
7 The Lord said to Eliphaz:
What my servant Job has said about me is true, but I am angry at you and your two friends for not telling the truth. 8 So I want you to go over to Job and offer seven bulls and seven goats on an altar as a sacrifice to please me.[g] After this, Job will pray, and I will agree not to punish you for your foolishness.
9 Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar obeyed the Lord, and he answered Job’s prayer.
A Happy Ending
10 After Job had prayed for his three friends, the Lord made Job twice as rich as he had been before. 11 Then Job gave a feast for his brothers and sisters and for his old friends. They expressed their sorrow for the suffering the Lord had brought on him, and they each gave Job some silver and a gold ring.
12 The Lord now blessed Job more than ever; he gave him fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand pair of oxen, and a thousand donkeys.
13 In addition to seven sons, Job had three daughters, 14 whose names were Jemimah, Keziah, and Keren Happuch. 15 They were the most beautiful women in that part of the world, and Job gave them shares of his property, along with their brothers.
16 Job lived for another one hundred forty years—long enough to see his great-grandchildren have children of their own—17 and when he finally died, he was very old.
40.15the hippopotamus: The Hebrew text has “Behemoth,” which was sometimes understood to be a sea monster like Rahab (9.13; 26.12), Leviathan (3.8; 41.1), and Tannin (7.12).
40.20nearby: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 20.
41.1sea monster: The Hebrew text has “Leviathan,” which may refer to a sea monster or possibly to a crocodile in this verse (see the note at 3.8).
41.15back: Two ancient translations; Hebrew “pride.”
42.4questions: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 4.
42.8sacrifice to please me: These sacrifices have traditionally been called “whole burnt offerings” because the whole animal was burned on the altar. A main purpose of such sacrifices was to please the Lord with the smell of the sacrifice, and so in the CEV they are often called “sacrifices to please the Lord.”
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