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Job 40


Job 40

[1] And the LORD said to Job:

[2] “Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty?
He who argues with God, let him answer it.”



Job Promises Silence

[3] Then Job answered the LORD and said:

[4] “Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you?
I lay my hand on my mouth.
[5] I have spoken once, and I will not answer;
twice, but I will proceed no further.”



The LORD Challenges Job

[6] Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:

[7] “Dress for action like a man;
I will question you, and you make it known to me.
[8] Will you even put me in the wrong?
Will you condemn me that you may be in the right?
[9] Have you an arm like God,
and can you thunder with a voice like his?


[10] “Adorn yourself with majesty and dignity;
clothe yourself with glory and splendor.
[11] Pour out the overflowings of your anger,
and look on everyone who is proud and abase him.
[12] Look on everyone who is proud and bring him low
and tread down the wicked where they stand.
[13] Hide them all in the dust together;
bind their faces in the world below.
[14] Then will I also acknowledge to you
that your own right hand can save you.


[15] “Behold, Behemoth,
which I made as I made you;
he eats grass like an ox.
[16] Behold, his strength in his loins,
and his power in the muscles of his belly.
[17] He makes his tail stiff like a cedar;
the sinews of his thighs are knit together.
[18] His bones are tubes of bronze,
his limbs like bars of iron.


[19] “He is the first of the works of God;
let him who made him bring near his sword!
[20] For the mountains yield food for him
where all the wild beasts play.
[21] Under the lotus plants he lies,
in the shelter of the reeds and in the marsh.
[22] For his shade the lotus trees cover him;
the willows of the brook surround him.
[23] Behold, if the river is turbulent he is not frightened;
he is confident though Jordan rushes against his mouth.
[24] Can one take him by his eyes,
or pierce his nose with a snare? (ESV)