Insignificant Before God
1Then Adonai answered Job, saying:
2“Will the one who contends with Shaddai correct him? Let him who accuses God answer!”
3Then Job answered Adonai. He said:
4“Indeed, I am unworthy— what can I reply to You? I put my hand over my mouth.
5I spoke once, but I have no answer— twice, but I will say no more.”
6Then Adonai answered Job from the whirlwind:
7“Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you will inform Me!
8“Would you really annul My judgment? Would you condemn Me to justify yourself?
9Do you have an arm like God’s and can you thunder with a voice like His?
10Then adorn yourself in majesty and dignity; clothe yourself in splendor and honor.
11Scatter the fury of your anger. Look at every proud person and bring him low;
12look at everyone who is proud and humble him; tread down the wicked where they stand.
13Hide them together in the dust bind their faces in the hidden place.
14Then I—even I will acknowledge to you, that your own right hand can save you!
Behemoth and Leviathan
15“Look now at Behemoth, which I made along with you. He eats grass like an ox.
16Now look at his strength in his loins, and his power in the muscles of his belly.
17He stiffens his tail like a cedar; the sinews of his thighs are knit together.
18His bones are tubes of bronze; His limbs like rods of iron.
19He is first among the ways of God, Let his Maker draw near with His sword!
20For the mountains bring him food, and all the wild animals play there.
21Under the lotus plants he lies down, in the secrecy of the reeds and marsh.
22The lotuses conceal him in their shade; the willows of the brook surround him.
23If the river rages, he is not alarmed. He is secure, even though the Jordan surges against his mouth.
24Can anyone capture it by its eyes, or pierce his nose with hooks?
25“Can you pull in Leviathan with a hook, or tie down his tongue with a cord?
26Can you put a reed rope in his nose or pierce his jaw with a hook?
27Will he make many supplications to you, or speak softly to you?
28Will he make a covenant with you, so you can take him as a slave forever?
29Can you play with him like a bird, or put him on a leash for your girls?
30Will traders barter for him? Will they divide him among the merchants?
31Can you fill his hide with harpoons or his head with fishing spears?
32If you lay your hands on him— you will remember the battle and never do it again!