Then the LORDsaid to Job,
"Will the faultfinder1contend with the Almighty ? Let him who 2reprovesGodanswer it."
Then Jobanswered the LORD and said,
4"Behold, I am insignificant ; what can I reply to You? I 3lay my hand on my mouth.
5"Once I have spoken, and 4I will not answer ; Even twice, and I will addnothing more."
Then the 5LORDansweredJob out of the storm and said,
7"Now6gird up your loins like a man ; I will 7ask you, and you instruct Me.
"Will you really8annul My judgment ? Will you 9condemn Me 10that you may be justified ?
9"Or do you have an arm like God, And can you 11thunder with a voicelike His?
"12Adornyourself with eminence and dignity, And clotheyourself with honor and majesty.
11"Pour out 13the overflowings of your anger, And look on everyonewho is 14proud, and make him low.
12"Look on everyonewho is proud, and 15humble him, And 16treaddown the wickedawhere they stand.
"17Hide them in the dusttogether ; Bindbthem in the hidden place.
"Then I will alsocconfess to you, That your own righthand can save you.
15"Beholdnow, dBehemoth, which18I madeeas well as you; He eatsgrass like an ox.
16"Beholdnow, his strength in his loins And his power in the muscles of his belly.
"He bends his taillike a cedar ; The sinews of his thighs are knittogether.
"His bones are tubes of bronze ; His flimbs are like bars of iron.
"He is the 19first of the ways of God ; Let his 20makerbringnear his sword.
20"Surely the mountains21bring him food, And all the beasts of the field22playthere.
21"Under the lotusplants he liesdown, In the covert of the reeds and the marsh.
"The lotusplantscover him with gshade ; The willows of the brooksurround him.
23"If a riverhrages, he is not alarmed ; He is confident, though the 23Jordanrushes to his mouth.
"Can anyone capture him iwhen he is on watch, With jbarbs can anyone pierce his nose ?