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Job 40

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