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Job 40:1–5

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?”

Job Responds to the Lord

Then Job replied to the Lord,

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

I will cover my mouth with my hand.

I have said too much already.

I have nothing more to say.”

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Job 40:1–5 — 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.

I spoke once, but I have no answer—

twice, but I will say no more.”

Job 40:1–5 — 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.

I have spoken once, and I will not answer;

twice, but I will proceed no further.”

Job 40:1–5 — 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.

Once have I spoken; but I will not answer:

Yea, twice; but I will proceed no further.

Job 40:1–5 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

Moreover the Lord answered Job, and said:

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

He who rebukes God, let him answer it.”

Then Job answered the Lord and said:

“Behold, I am vile;

What shall I answer You?

I lay my hand over my mouth.

Once I have spoken, but I will not answer;

Yes, twice, but I will proceed no further.”

Job 40:1–5 — 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.

I spoke one time, but I will not answer again;

I even spoke two times, but I will say nothing more.”

Job 40:1–5 — 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.

Once have I spoken, and I will not answer;

Yea, twice, but I will proceed no further.

Job 40:1–5 — 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. Once have I spoken, and I will not answer; yea twice, but I will proceed no further.

Job 40:1–5 — 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.

I spoke once, but I can’t answer—

twice, but not again.”

Job 40:1–5 — 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.

I have spoken once, and I will not reply;

twice, but now I can add nothing.

Job 40:1–5 — 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.

I have spoken once, and I will not answer;

twice, but will proceed no further.”

Job 40:1–5 — 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.

Once I have spoken, and I will not answer;

even twice, but I will not proceed.”

Job 40:1–5 — New International Reader’s Version (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.

I spoke once. But I really don’t have any answer.

I spoke twice. But I won’t say anything else.”

Job 40:1–5 — 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.

Once I have spoken, and I will not answer;

Even twice, and I will add nothing more.”