1Moreover the Lord⚓answered Job, and said:
2“Shall ⚓the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him?
He who ⚓rebukes God, let him answer it.”
Job’s Response to God
3Then Job answered the Lord and said:
4“Behold,⚓ I am vile;
What shall I answer You?
⚓I lay my hand over my mouth.
5Once I have spoken, but I will not answer;
Yes, twice, but I will proceed no further.”
God’s Challenge to Job
6⚓Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:
7“Now⚓ prepare yourself like a man;
⚓I will question you, and you shall answer Me:
8“Would⚓ you indeed annul My judgment?
Would you condemn Me that you may be justified?
9Have you an arm like God?
Or can you thunder with ⚓a voice like His?
10⚓Then adorn yourself with majesty and splendor,
And array yourself with glory and beauty.
11Disperse the rage of your wrath;
Look on everyone who is proud, and humble him.
12Look on everyone who is⚓proud, and bring him low;
Tread down the wicked in their place.
13Hide them in the dust together,
Bind their faces in hidden darkness.
14Then I will also confess to you
That your own right hand can save you.
15“Look now at the behemoth, which I made along with you;
He eats grass like an ox.
16See now, his strength is in his hips,
And his power is in his stomach muscles.
17He moves his tail like a cedar;
The sinews of his thighs are tightly knit.
18His bones are like beams of bronze,
His ribs like bars of iron.
19He is the first of the ⚓ways of God;
Only He who made him can bring near His sword.
20Surely the mountains ⚓yield food for him,
And all the beasts of the field play there.
21He lies under the lotus trees,
In a covert of reeds and marsh.
22The lotus trees cover him with their shade;
The willows by the brook surround him.
23Indeed the river may rage,
Yet he is not disturbed;
He is confident, though the Jordan gushes into his mouth,
24Though he takes it in his eyes,
Or one pierces his nose with a snare.