Job: What Can I Say?
1Then the Lord said to Job,
2“Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty?
Let him who reproves God answer it.”
3Then Job answered the Lord and said,
4“Behold, I am insignificant; what can I reply to You?
I lay my hand on my mouth.
5Once I have spoken, and I will not answer;
Even twice, and I will add nothing more.”
God Questions Job
6Then the Lord answered Job out of the storm and said,
7“Now gird up your loins like a man;
I will ask you, and you instruct Me.
8Will you really annul My judgment?
Will you condemn Me that you may be justified?
9Or do you have an arm like God,
And can you thunder with a voice like His?
10“Adorn yourself with eminence and dignity,
And clothe yourself with honor and majesty.
11Pour out the overflowings of your anger,
And look on everyone who is proud, and make him low.
12Look on everyone who is proud, and humble him,
And tread down the wicked where they stand.
13Hide them in the dust together;
Bind them in the hidden place.
14Then I will also confess to you,
That your own right hand can save you.
God’s Power Shown in Creatures
15“Behold now, #Or the hippopotamusBehemoth, which I made as well as you;
He eats grass like an ox.
16Behold now, his strength in his loins
And his power in the muscles of his belly.
17He bends his tail like a cedar;
The sinews of his thighs are knit together.
18His bones are tubes of bronze;
His limbs are like bars of iron.
19“He is the first of the ways of God;
Let his maker bring near his sword.
20Surely the mountains bring him food,
And all the beasts of the field play there.
21Under the lotus plants he lies down,
In the covert of the reeds and the marsh.
22The lotus plants cover him with shade;
The willows of the brook surround him.
23If a river rages, he is not alarmed;
He is confident, though the Jordan rushes to his mouth.
24Can anyone capture him when he is on watch,
With barbs can anyone pierce his nose?