Job - Chapter 40
Job's Gracious answer And God's Further Word
1 Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said:
2 "Shall the one who contends with the Almighty correct [Him?] He who rebukes God, let him answer it."
3 Then Job answered the LORD and said:
4 "Behold, I am vile; What shall I answer You? I lay my hand over my mouth.
5 Once I have spoken, but I will not answer; Yes, twice, but I will proceed no further."
6 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:
7 "Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me:
8 "Would you indeed annul My judgment? Would you condemn Me that you may be justified?
9 Have you an arm like God? Or can you thunder with a voice like His?
10 Then adorn yourself [with] majesty and splendor, and array yourself with glory and beauty.
11 Disperse the rage of your wrath; Look on everyone [who is] proud, and humble him.
12 Look on everyone [who is] proud, [and] bring him low; Tread down the wicked in their place.
13 Hide them in the dust together, Bind their faces in hidden [darkness.]
14 Then I will also confess to you That your own right hand can save you.
15 " Look now at the behemoth, which I made [along] with you; He eats grass like an ox.
16 See now, his strength [is] in his hips, And his power [is] in his stomach muscles.
17 He moves his tail like a cedar; The sinews of his thighs are tightly knit.
18 His bones [are like] beams of bronze, His ribs like bars of iron.
19 He [is] the first of the ways of God; Only He who made him can bring near His sword.
20 Surely the mountains yield food for him, And all the beasts of the field play there.
21 He lies under the lotus trees, In a covert of reeds and marsh.
22 The lotus trees cover him [with] their shade; The willows by the brook surround him.
23 Indeed the river may rage, [Yet] he is not disturbed; He is confident, though the Jordan gushes into his mouth,
24 [Though] he takes it in his eyes, [Or] one pierces [his] nose with a snare.