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40 The Lord said to Job:a

“Will the one who contends with the Almightyb correct him?c

Let him who accuses God answer him!”d

Then Job answered the Lord:

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

I put my hand over my mouth.f

I spoke once, but I have no answerg

twice, but I will say no more.”h

Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm:i

“Brace yourself like a man;

I will question you,

and you shall answer me.j

“Would you discredit my justice?k

Would you condemn me to justify yourself?l

Do you have an arm like God’s,m

and can your voicen thunder like his?o

10 Then adorn yourself with glory and splendor,

and clothe yourself in honor and majesty.p

11 Unleash the fury of your wrath,q

look at all who are proud and bring them low,r

12 look at all who are prouds and humble them,t

crushu the wicked where they stand.

13 Bury them all in the dust together;v

shroud their faces in the grave.w

14 Then I myself will admit to you

that your own right hand can save you.x

15 “Look at Behemoth,

which I madey along with you

and which feeds on grass like an ox.z

16 What strengtha it has in its loins,

what power in the muscles of its belly!b

17 Its tail sways like a cedar;

the sinews of its thighs are close-knit.c

18 Its bones are tubes of bronze,

its limbsd like rods of iron.e

19 It ranks first among the works of God,f

yet its Makerg can approach it with his sword.h

20 The hills bring it their produce,i

and all the wild animals playj nearby.k

21 Under the lotus plants it lies,

hidden among the reedsl in the marsh.m

22 The lotuses conceal it in their shadow;

the poplars by the streamn surround it.

23 A raging rivero does not alarm it;

it is secure, though the Jordanp should surge against its mouth.

24 Can anyone capture it by the eyes,

or trap it and pierce its nose?q


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