Job: What Can I Say?

1 Then the LORD said * to Job,

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      2 "Will the faultfinder 1contend with the Almighty? Let him who 2reproves God answer it."

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      3 Then Job answered the LORD and said,
      4 "Behold, I am insignificant; what can I reply to You? I 3lay my hand on my mouth.

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      5 "Once I have spoken, and 4I will not answer; Even twice, and I will add nothing more."

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      God Questions Job

      6 Then the 5LORD answered Job out of the storm and said,

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      7 "Now 6gird up your loins like a man; I will 7ask you, and you instruct Me.

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      8 "Will you really 8annul My judgment? Will you 9condemn Me 10that you may be justified?

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      9 "Or do you have an arm like God, And can you 11thunder with a voice like His?

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      10 "12Adorn yourself with eminence and dignity, And clothe yourself with honor and majesty.

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      11 "Pour out 13the overflowings of your anger, And look on everyone who is 14proud, and make him low.

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      12 "Look on everyone who is proud, and 15humble him, And 16tread down the wicked where they stand.

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      13 "17Hide them in the dust together; Bind them in the hidden place.

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        • b 40:13 - Or "their faces"
          14 "Then I will also confess to you, That your own right hand can save you.

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            • c 40:14 - Or "praise you"

              God's Power Shown in Creatures

              15 "Behold now, Behemoth, which 18I made as well as you; He eats grass like an ox.

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                • d 40:15 - Or "the hippopotamus"
                • e 40:15 - Lit "with"
                  16 "Behold now, his strength in his loins And his power in the muscles of his belly.
                  17 "He bends his tail like a cedar; The sinews of his thighs are knit together.
                  18 "His bones are tubes of bronze; His limbs are like bars of iron.

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                      19 "He is the 19first of the ways of God; Let his 20maker bring near his sword.

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                      20 "Surely the mountains 21bring him food, And all the beasts of the field 22play there.

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                      21 "Under the lotus plants he lies down, In the covert of the reeds and the marsh.
                      22 "The lotus plants cover him with shade; The willows of the brook surround him.

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                        • g 40:22 - Lit "his shade"
                          23 "If a river rages, he is not alarmed; He is confident, though the 23Jordan rushes to his mouth.

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                            • h 40:23 - Or "oppresses"
                              24 "Can anyone capture him when he is on watch, With barbs can anyone pierce his nose?

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                                • i 40:24 - Lit "in his eyes"
                                • j 40:24 - Lit "snares"