Job 40

The Lord Answers Job

1 Moreover the LORD a answered Job, and said:

2 "Shall b the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him?
He who c rebukes God, let him answer it."

Job Promises Silence

3 Then Job answered the LORD and said:

4 "Behold, d I am vile;
What shall I answer You?
e 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."

The Lord Challenges Job

6 f Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:

7 "Now g 1 prepare yourself like a man;
h I will question you, and you shall answer Me:
8 "Would i you indeed 2 annul My judgment?
Would you condemn Me that you may be justified?
9 Have you an arm like God?
Or can you thunder with j a voice like His?

10 k 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 l 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 3 behemoth, 3 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 m ways of God;
Only He who made him can bring near His sword.
20 Surely the mountains n 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.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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