Job 40 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 God then confronted Job directly: 1 The LORD said to Job:
2 "Now what do you have to say for yourself? Are you going to haul me, the Mighty One, into court and press charges?" Job Answers God I'm Ready to Shut Up and Listen 2 "Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him? Let him who accuses God answer him!"
3 Job answered: 3 Then Job answered the LORD:
4 "I'm speechless, in awe - words fail me. I should never have opened my mouth! 4 "I am unworthy--how can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth.
5 I've talked too much, way too much. I'm ready to shut up and listen." God's Second Set of Questions I Want Straight Answers 5 I spoke once, but I have no answer-- twice, but I will say no more."
6 God addressed Job next from the eye of the storm, and this is what he said: 6 Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm:
7 "I have some more questions for you, and I want straight answers. 7 "Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.
8 "Do you presume to tell me what I'm doing wrong? Are you calling me a sinner so you can be a saint? 8 "Would you discredit my justice? Would you condemn me to justify yourself ?
9 Do you have an arm like my arm? Can you shout in thunder the way I can? 9 Do you have an arm like God's, and can your voice thunder like his?
10 Go ahead, show your stuff. Let's see what you're made of, what you can do. 10 Then adorn yourself with glory and splendor, and clothe yourself in honor and majesty.
11 Unleash your outrage. Target the arrogant and lay them flat. 11 Unleash the fury of your wrath, look at every proud man and bring him low,
12 Target the arrogant and bring them to their knees. Stop the wicked in their tracks - make mincemeat of them! 12 look at every proud man and humble him, crush the wicked where they stand.
13 Dig a mass grave and dump them in it - faceless corpses in an unmarked grave. 13 Bury them all in the dust together; shroud their faces in the grave.
14 I'll gladly step aside and hand things over to you - you can surely save yourself with no help from me! 14 Then I myself will admit to you that your own right hand can save you.
15 "Look at the land beast, Behemoth. I created him as well as you. Grazing on grass, docile as a cow - 15 "Look at the behemoth, which I made along with you and which feeds on grass like an ox.
16 Just look at the strength of his back, the powerful muscles of his belly. 16 What strength he has in his loins, what power in the muscles of his belly!
17 His tail sways like a cedar in the wind; his huge legs are like beech trees. 17 His tail sways like a cedar; the sinews of his thighs are close-knit.
18 His skeleton is made of steel, every bone in his body hard as steel. 18 His bones are tubes of bronze, his limbs like rods of iron.
19 Most magnificent of all my creatures, but I still lead him around like a lamb! 19 He ranks first among the works of God, yet his Maker can approach him with his sword.
20 The grass-covered hills serve him meals, while field mice frolic in his shadow. 20 The hills bring him their produce, and all the wild animals play nearby.
21 He takes afternoon naps under shade trees, cools himself in the reedy swamps, 21 Under the lotus plants he lies, hidden among the reeds in the marsh.
22 Lazily cool in the leafy shadows as the breeze moves through the willows. 22 The lotuses conceal him in their shadow; the poplars by the stream surround him.
23 And when the river rages he doesn't budge, stolid and unperturbed even when the Jordan goes wild. 23 When the river rages, he is not alarmed; he is secure, though the Jordan should surge against his mouth.
24 But you'd never want him for a pet - you'd never be able to housebreak him! 24 Can anyone capture him by the eyes, or trap him and pierce his nose?