40 1The Lord answered Job: 2Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him? Let him who argues with God give an answer.[O] 3Then Job answered the Lord: 4I am so insignificant. How can I answer You? I place my hand over my mouth. 5I have spoken once, and I will not reply; twice, but now I can add nothing. 6Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind: 7Get ready to answer Me like a man; When I question you, you will inform Me. 8Would you really challenge My justice? Would you declare Me guilty to justify yourself? 9Do you have an arm like God’s? Can you thunder with a voice like His? 10Adorn yourself with majesty and splendor, and clothe yourself with honor and glory. 11Unleash your raging anger; look on every proud person and humiliate him. 12Look on every proud person and humble him; trample the wicked where they stand.[P] 13Hide them together in the dust; imprison them in the grave.[Q] 14Then I will confess to you that your own right hand can deliver you. 15Look at Behemoth, which I made along with you. He eats grass like an ox. 16Look at the strength of his loins and the power in the muscles of his belly. 17He stiffens his tail like a cedar tree; the tendons of his thighs are woven firmly together. 18His bones are bronze tubes; his limbs are like iron rods. 19He is the foremost of God’s works; only his Maker can draw the sword against him. 20The hills yield food for him, while all sorts of wild animals play there. 21He lies under the lotus plants, hiding in the protection[R] of marshy reeds. 22Lotus plants cover him with their shade; the willows by the brook surround him. 23Though the river rages, Behemoth is unafraid; he remains confident, even if the Jordan surges up to his mouth. 24Can anyone capture him while he looks on,[S] or pierce his nose with snares?
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