1Then the Lord said to Job,
2“You wanted to argue with God All-Powerful.
You wanted to correct me and prove that I was wrong.
So give me your answer!”
3Then Job answered the Lord:
4“I am not worthy to speak!
What can I say to you?
I cannot answer you!
I will put my hand over my mouth.
5I spoke once, but I will not speak again.
I spoke twice, but I will not say anything more.”
6Then the Lord spoke to Job again from the storm:
7“Brace yourself#40:7 Brace yourself Literally, “Gird yourself like a man.” This means “get ready for battle.”
and get ready to answer the questions I will ask you.
8“Are you trying to show that I am unfair?
Are you trying to look innocent by saying that I am guilty?
9Are your arms as strong as mine?
Do you have a voice like mine that is as loud as thunder?
10If so, you can be proud
and wear glory and honor like clothes.
11If you are as powerful as God, then show your anger!
Punish those who are proud and humble them.
12Yes, just look at the proud and make them humble.
Crush those evil people where they stand.
13Bury them all in the dirt.
Wrap their bodies up and put them in their graves.
14If you can do any of these things, then even I will praise you.
And I will admit that you can save yourself by your own power.
15“Look at the behemoth.#40:15 behemoth This might be a hippopotamus, a rhinoceros, or possibly an elephant.
I made the behemoth, and I made you.
He eats grass like a cow.
16But he has great strength in his body.
The muscles in his stomach are powerful.
17His tail stands strong like a cedar tree.
His leg muscles are very strong.
18His bones are as strong as bronze.
His legs are like iron bars.
19The behemoth is the most amazing animal I made,
but I can defeat him.
20He eats the grass that grows on the hills
where the wild animals play.
21He lies under the lotus plants.
He hides among the reeds of the swamp.
22The lotus plants hide him in their shade.
He lives under the willow trees that grow near the river.
23If the river floods, the behemoth will not run away.
He is not afraid if the Jordan River splashes on his face.
24No one can blind his eyes and capture him.
No one can catch him in a trap.