1The Lord continued,
2"I am the Mighty One.
Will the man who argues with me correct me?
Let him who brings charges against me answer me!"
3Job replied to the Lord,
4"I'm not worthy. How can I reply to you?
I'm putting my hand over my mouth. I'll stop talking.
5I spoke once. But I really don't have any answer.
I spoke twice. But I won't say anything else."
The Second Speech of the Lord
6Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said,
7"Get ready to stand up for yourself.
I will ask you some more questions.
Then I want you to answer me.
8"Would you dare to claim that I am not being fair?
Would you judge me in order to make yourself seem right?
9Is your arm as powerful as mine is?
Can your voice thunder as mine does?
10Then put on glory and beauty as if they were your clothes.
Also put honor and majesty on.
11Let loose your great anger.
Look at those who are proud and bring them low.
12Look at proud people and bring them down.
Crush those who are evil right where they are.
13Bury their bodies in the dust together.
Cover their faces in the grave.
14Then I myself will admit to you
that your own right hand can save you.
15"Look at the behemoth. It is a huge animal.
I made both of you.
It eats grass like an ox.
16Look at the strength it has in its hips!
What power it has in the muscles of its stomach!
17Its tail sways back and forth like a cedar tree.
The tendons of its thighs are close together.
18Its bones are like tubes made out of bronze.
Its legs are like rods made out of iron.
19It ranks first among my works.
I made it. I can approach it with my sword.
20The hills produce food for it.
All of the other wild animals play near it.
21It lies under lotus plants.
It hides in tall grass in the swamps.
22The lotus plants hide it in their shade.
Poplar trees near streams surround it.
23It is not afraid when the river roars.
It is secure even when the Jordan River rushes against its mouth.
24Can anyone capture it by its eyes?
Can anyone trap it and poke a hole through its nose?