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God's second speech and Job's responses
The Lord continues
I am the Lord All-Powerful
1-2I am the Lord All-Powerful,
but you have argued
that I am wrong.
Now you must answer me.
3Job said to the Lord:
4Who am I to answer you?
5I did speak once or twice,
but never again.
6Then out of the storm
the Lord said to Job:
7Face me and answer
the questions I ask!
8Are you trying to prove
that you are innocent
by accusing me of injustice?
9Do you have a powerful arm
and a thundering voice
that compare with mine?
10If so, then surround yourself
with glory and majesty.
11-12Show your furious anger!
Throw down and crush
all who are proud and evil.
13Wrap them in grave clothes
and bury them together
in the dusty soil.
14Do this, and I will agree
that you have won
this argument.
I created you
15I created both you
and the hippopotamus.#40.15 the hippopotamus: The Hebrew text has “Behemoth”, which was sometimes understood to be a sea monster like Rahab (9.13; 26.12), Leviathan (3.8; 41.1), and Tannin (7.12).
It eats only grass like an ox,
16but look at the mighty muscles
in its body 17and legs.
Its tail is like a cedar tree,
and its thighs are thick.
18The bones in its legs
are like bronze or iron.
19I made it more powerful
than any other creature,
yet I am stronger still.
20Undisturbed, it eats grass
while the other animals
play nearby.#40.20 nearby: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 20.
21-22It rests in the shade of trees
along the river bank
or hides among reeds
in the swamp.
23It remains calm and unafraid
with the River Jordan rushing
and splashing in its face.
24There is no way to capture
a hippopotamus—
not even by hooking its nose
or blinding its eyes.
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