|Ward Green Version, 2004||American Standard Version, 1901|
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1Then Jehovah looked at Job, and challenged: 2``Will some reprover contend with the Almighty? Out of what is right, the most excellent, he answers it!''
3Now Job himself answered Jehovah, saying: 4``If I be lightly esteemed, for what purpose do I reward you? I put my hand over my mouth.
5``The first time I spoke but I didn't sing, and the second time I didn't do any better.''
6Now Jehovah himself sang to Job from out of the hurricane in answer:
7-8``Gird your loins about as an able-bodied man, I beseech you. I ask you to instruct me. 8Do you but make my sentence as of no effect? Do you condemn me that you may be in the right?
9-10``Is your arm like the Almighty's, or as with a voice like his do you thunder? 10Take away, I beseech you, arrogance and pride, and put on majesty and honour.
11-12``Will your nose cast abroad its wrath, and you see all the proud and you put them down, or 12do you see every proud one humbled, and so you step on the wicked ones instead?
13-14``Will you hide them in the dust united with their faces wrapped up like some secret? 14Then I bemoan you since to you their salvation is your right hand.
15-16``Look, I beseech you, the hippopotamus (hippopotamus = Hebrew `behemoth') whom I have made! Besides you he eats grass like a bull. 16See, now? He is powerful in his loins and back and he has masterful power in the muscles of his underbody.
17-18``He favours his rear. Like cedar wood, tight tendons enwrap his thigh. 18His bones are tubes of steel. His strong bones are like forged steel bars.
19-20``He is a chief of the ways of God, who made him to attack, his sword. 20But the mountains furnish his food to him, and all living things of the low country rejoice there.
21-22``Underneath the slender lotus trees he lies down, in the hiding place of the reed, a swampy place. 22The slender lotus trees shield him, shade him. The willows of the river vale surround him.
23-24``If the Nile river overflows, he fears not. He is bold when the Jordan draws up over his mouth. 24In his sight does anyone catch him? Shall they puncture his nose with a hook?
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Modified January 26, 2009 by Ward Green
Job 40 1
Moreover Jehovah answered Job, and said,
Job 40 2
Shall he that cavilleth contend with the Almighty? He that argueth with God, let him answer it.
Job 40 3
Then Job answered Jehovah, and said,
Job 40 4
Behold, I am of small account; What shall I answer thee? I lay my hand upon my mouth.
Job 40 5
Once have I spoken, and I will not answer; Yea, twice, but I will proceed no further.
Job 40 6
Then Jehovah answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
Job 40 7
Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
Job 40 8
Wilt thou even annul my judgment? Wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be justified?
Job 40 9
Or hast thou an arm like God? And canst thou thunder with a voice like him?
Job 40 10
Deck thyself now with excellency and dignity; And array thyself with honor and majesty.
Job 40 11
Pour forth the overflowings of thine anger; And look upon every one that is proud, and abase him.
Job 40 12
Look on every one that is proud, [and] bring him low; And tread down the wicked where they stand.
Job 40 13
Hide them in the dust together; Bind their faces in the hidden [place].
Job 40 14
Then will I also confess of thee That thine own right hand can save thee.
Job 40 15
Behold now, behemoth, which I made as well as thee; He eateth grass as an ox.
Job 40 16
Lo now, his strength is in his loins, And his force is in the muscles of his belly.
Job 40 17
He moveth his tail like a cedar: The sinews of his thighs are knit together.
Job 40 18
His bones are [as] tubes of brass; His limbs are like bars of iron.
Job 40 19
He is the chief of the ways of God: He [only] that made him giveth him his sword.
Job 40 20
Surely the mountains bring him forth food, Where all the beasts of the field do play.
Job 40 21
He lieth under the lotus-trees, In the covert of the reed, and the fen.
Job 40 22
The lotus-trees cover him with their shade; The willows of the brook compass him about.
Job 40 23
Behold, if a river overflow, he trembleth not; He is confident, though a Jordan swell even to his mouth.
Job 40 24
Shall any take him when he is on the watch, Or pierce through his nose with a snare?