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Job 40:1–4

40 Moreover the Lord aanswered Job, and said:

2 “Shall bthe one who contends with the Almighty correct Him?

He who crebukes God, let him answer it.”

Job’s Response to God

Then Job answered the Lord and said:

4 “Behold, dI am vile;

What shall I answer You?

eI lay my hand over my mouth.

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Job 40:1–4 — The New International Version (NIV)

The Lord said to Job:

“Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him?

Let him who accuses God answer him!”

Then Job answered the Lord:

“I am unworthy—how can I reply to you?

I put my hand over my mouth.

Job 40:1–4 — English Standard Version (ESV)

And the Lord said to Job:

“Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty?

He who argues with God, let him answer it.”

Then Job answered the Lord and said:

“Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you?

I lay my hand on my mouth.

Job 40:1–4 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

Moreover the Lord answered Job, and said,

Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him?

He that reproveth God, let him answer it.

Then Job answered the Lord, and said,

Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee?

I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.

Job 40:1–4 — New Living Translation (NLT)

Then the Lord said to Job,

“Do you still want to argue with the Almighty?

You are God’s critic, but do you have the answers?”

Then Job replied to the Lord,

“I am nothing—how could I ever find the answers?

I will cover my mouth with my hand.

Job 40:1–4 — New Century Version (NCV)

The Lord said to Job:

“Will the person who argues with the Almighty correct him?

Let the person who accuses God answer him.”

Then Job answered the Lord:

“I am not worthy; I cannot answer you anything,

so I will put my hand over my mouth.

Job 40:1–4 — American Standard Version (ASV 1901)

Moreover Jehovah answered Job, and said,

Shall he that cavilleth contend with the Almighty?

He that argueth with God, let him answer it.

Then Job answered Jehovah, and said,

Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer thee?

I lay my hand upon my mouth.

Job 40:1–4 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

And Jehovah answered Job and said, Shall he that will contend with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth †God, let him answer it. And Job answered Jehovah and said, Behold, I am nought: what shall I answer thee? I will lay my hand upon my mouth.

Job 40:1–4 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

The Lord responded to Job,

“Will the person who finds fault with the Almighty correct him?

Will the person who argues with God answer him?”

Job answered the Lord,

“I’m so insignificant. How can I answer you?

I will put my hand over my mouth.

Job 40:1–4 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The Lord answered Job:

Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him?

Let him who argues with God give an answer.

Then Job answered the Lord:

I am so insignificant. How can I answer You?

I place my hand over my mouth.

Job 40:1–4 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

And the Lord said to Job:

“Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty?

Anyone who argues with God must respond.”

Then Job answered the Lord:

“See, I am of small account; what shall I answer you?

I lay my hand on my mouth.

Job 40:1–4 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

Then Yahweh answered Job and said,

“Shall a faultfinder contend with Shaddai?

Anyone who argues with God must answer it.”

So Job answered Yahweh and said,

“Look, I am insignificant.

What shall I answer you?

I lay my hand on my mouth.

Job 40:1–4 — New International Reader’s Version, 1998 ed. (NIrV) (NIrV)

The Lord continued,

“I am the Mighty One.

Will the man who argues with me correct me?

Let him who brings charges against me answer me!”

Job replied to the Lord,

“I’m not worthy. How can I reply to you?

I’m putting my hand over my mouth. I’ll stop talking.

Job 40:1–4 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

Then the Lord said to Job,

“Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty?

Let him who reproves God answer it.”

Then Job answered the Lord and said,

Behold, I am insignificant; what can I reply to You?

I lay my hand on my mouth.