Job 40

1The Lord answered Job and said to him: 2“Job, you argued with God All-Powerful. You judged me guilty of doing wrong. Now, will you admit that you are wrong? Will you answer me!” 3Then Job answered God and said: 4“I am too insignificant to speak! What can I say to you? I can’t answer you! I will put my hand over my mouth. 5I spoke once, but I won’t speak again. I spoke twice, but I won’t say anything more.” 6Then the Lord spoke to Job again from the storm. The Lord said: 7“˻Job,˼ brace yourself and get ready to answer the questions that I will ask you. 8“Job, do you think that I am not fair? You say that I am guilty of doing wrong so that you will appear innocent! 9Are your arms as strong as God’s arm? Do you have a voice like God’s voice that can sound loud like thunder? 10If you are like God, then you can be proud. If you are like God then you can wear glory and honor like clothes. 11If you are like God, then you can show your anger and punish proud people. Make those proud people humble. 12Yes, Job! Look at those proud people and make them humble. Crush evil people where they stand. 13Bury all the proud people in the dirt. Wrap their bodies up and put them in their graves. 14Job, if you can do all these things, then even I will praise you. And I will admit that you are able to save yourself with your own power. 15“Job, look at the behemoth. I ˻(God)˼ made the behemoth and I made you. The behemoth eats grass like a cow. 16The behemoth has much strength in his body. The muscles in his stomach are very powerful. 17The behemoth’s tail stands strong like a cedar tree. His leg muscles are very strong. 18The behemoth’s bones are strong like bronze. His legs are like iron bars. 19The behemoth is the most amazing animal that I ˻(God)˼ made. But I can defeat him. 20The behemoth eats the grass that grows on the hills where the wild animals play. 21The behemoth lies under the lotus plants. The behemoth hides in the reeds in the swamp. 22The lotus plants hide the behemoth in their shade. He lives under the willow trees that grow near the river. 23If the river floods, the behemoth will not run away. He is not afraid if the Jordan River splashes on his face. 24No person can blind the behemoth’s eyes and catch him in a trap.

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