GOD'S WORD® Translation
1The LORD responded to Job,
2"Will the person who finds fault with the Almighty correct him? Will the person who argues with God answer him?"
3Job answered the LORD,
4"I'm so insignificant. How can I answer you? I will put my hand over my mouth.
5I spoke once, but I can't answer- twice, but not again." Can You Be Like Me, Job?
6Then the LORD responded to Job out of a storm,
7"Brace yourself like a man! I will ask you, and you will teach me.
8"Would you undo my justice? Would you condemn me so that you can be righteous?
9Do you have power like God's? Can you thunder with a voice like his?
10Then dress yourself in majesty and dignity. Clothe yourself in splendor and glory.
11Unleash your outbursts of anger. Look at all who are arrogant, and put them down.
12Look at all who are arrogant, and humble them. Crush wicked people wherever they are.
13Hide them completely in the dust, and cover their faces in the hidden place.
14Then even I will praise you because your right hand can save you.
15"Look at Behemoth, which I made along with you. It eats grass as cattle do.
16Look at the strength in its back muscles, the power in its stomach muscles.
17It makes its tail stiff like a cedar. The ligaments of its thighs are intertwined.
18Its bones are bronze tubes. They are like iron bars.
19Behemoth is the first of God's conquests. Its maker approaches it with his sword.
20The hills bring it food, and all the wild animals play there.
21It lies down under the lotus plants in a hiding place among reeds and swamps.
22Lotus plants provide it with cover. Poplars by the stream surround it.
23Though the river flows powerfully against it, it's not alarmed. It's confident [even] when the Jordan rushes against its mouth.
24Can anyone blind its eyes or pierce its nose with snares?
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