40 Then the Lord answered Job:
2 “Will the one who contends 1 with the Almighty correct him? 2
Let the person who accuses God give him an answer!”
3 Then Job answered the Lord:
4 “Indeed, I am completely unworthy 3 – how could I reply to you?
I put 4 my hand over my mouth to silence myself. 5
5 I have spoken once, but I cannot answer;
twice, but I will say no more.” 6
6 Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind:
7 “Get ready for a difficult task 7 like a man.
I will question you and you will inform me!
8 Would you indeed annul 8 my justice?
Would you declare me guilty so that you might be right?
9 Do you have an arm as powerful as God’s, 9
and can you thunder with a voice like his?
10 Adorn yourself, then, with majesty and excellency,
and clothe yourself with glory and honor!
11 Scatter abroad 10 the abundance 11 of your anger.
Look at every proud man 12 and bring him low;
12 Look at every proud man and abase him;
crush the wicked on the spot! 13
13 Hide them in the dust 14 together,
imprison 15 them 16 in the grave. 17
14 Then I myself will acknowledge 18 to you
that your own right hand can save you. 19
15 “Look now at Behemoth, 20 which I made as 21 I made you;
it eats grass like the ox.
16 Look 22 at its strength in its loins,
and its power in the muscles of its belly.
17 It makes its tail stiff 23 like a cedar,
the sinews of its thighs are tightly wound.
18 Its bones are tubes of bronze,
its limbs like bars of iron.
19 It ranks first among the works of God, 24
the One who made it
has furnished it with a sword. 25
20 For the hills bring it food, 26
where all the wild animals play.
21 Under the lotus trees it lies,
in the secrecy of the reeds and the marsh.
22 The lotus trees conceal it in their 27 shadow;
the poplars by the stream conceal it.
23 If the river rages, 28 it is not disturbed,
it is secure, 29 though the Jordan
should surge up to its mouth.
24 Can anyone catch it by its eyes, 30
or pierce its nose with a snare? 31
41 1 “Can you pull in 2 Leviathan with a hook,
and tie down 3 its tongue with a rope?
2 Can you put a cord through its nose,
or pierce its jaw with a hook?
3 Will it make numerous supplications to you, 4
will it speak to you with tender words? 5
4 Will it make a pact 6 with you,
so you could take it 7 as your slave for life?
5 Can you play 8 with it, like a bird,
or tie it on a leash 9 for your girls?
6 Will partners 10 bargain 11 for it?
Will they divide it up 12 among the merchants?
7 Can you fill its hide with harpoons
or its head with fishing spears?
8 If you lay your hand on it,
you will remember 13 the fight,
and you will never do it again!
9 14 See, his expectation is wrong, 15
he is laid low even at the sight of it. 16
10 Is it not fierce 17 when it is awakened?
Who is he, then, who can stand before it? 18
11 (Who has confronted 19 me that I should repay? 20
Everything under heaven belongs to me!) 21
12 I will not keep silent about its limbs,
and the extent of its might,
and the grace of its arrangement. 22
13 Who can uncover its outer covering? 23
Who can penetrate to the inside of its armor? 24
14 Who can open the doors of its mouth? 25
Its teeth all around are fearsome.
15 Its back 26 has rows of shields,
shut up closely 27 together as with a seal;
16 each one is so close to the next 28
that no air can come between them.
17 They lock tightly together, one to the next; 29
they cling together and cannot be separated.
18 Its snorting throws out flashes of light;
its eyes are like the red glow 30 of dawn.
19 Out of its mouth go flames, 31
sparks of fire shoot forth!
20 Smoke streams from its nostrils
as from a boiling pot over burning 32 rushes.
21 Its breath sets coals ablaze
and a flame shoots from its mouth.
22 Strength lodges in its neck,
and despair 33 runs before it.
23 The folds 34 of its flesh are tightly joined;
they are firm on it, immovable. 35
24 Its heart 36 is hard as rock,
hard as a lower millstone.
25 When it rises up, the mighty are terrified,
at its thrashing about they withdraw. 37
26 Whoever strikes it with a sword 38
will have no effect, 39
nor with the spear, arrow, or dart.
27 It regards iron as straw
and bronze as rotten wood.
28 Arrows 40 do not make it flee;
slingstones become like chaff to it.
29 A club is counted 41 as a piece of straw;
it laughs at the rattling of the lance.
30 Its underparts 42 are the sharp points of potsherds,
it leaves its mark in the mud
like a threshing sledge. 43
31 It makes the deep boil like a cauldron
and stirs up the sea like a pot of ointment, 44
32 It leaves a glistening wake behind it;
one would think the deep had a head of white hair.
33 The likes of it is not on earth,
a creature 45 without fear.
34 It looks on every haughty being;
it is king over all that are proud.” 46
42 Then Job answered the Lord:
2 “I know that you can do all things;
no purpose of yours can be thwarted;
3 you asked, 1
‘Who is this who darkens counsel
But 2 I have declared without understanding 3
things too wonderful for me to know. 4
4 You said, 5
‘Pay attention, and I will speak;
I will question you, and you will answer me.’
5 I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear,
but now my eye has seen you. 6
6 Therefore I despise myself, 7
and I repent in dust and ashes!
7 After the Lord had spoken these things to Job, he 8 said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My anger is stirred up 9 against you and your two friends, because you have not spoken about me what is right, 10 as my servant Job has. 8 So now take 11 seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and offer a burnt offering for yourselves. And my servant Job will intercede 12 for you, and I will respect him, 13 so that I do not deal with you 14 according to your folly, 15 because you have not spoken about me what is right, as my servant Job has.” 16
9 So they went, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite, and did just as the Lord had told them; and the Lord had respect for Job. 17
10 So the Lord 18 restored what Job had lost 19 after he prayed for his friends, 20 and the Lord doubled 21 all that had belonged to Job. 11 So they came to him, all his brothers and sisters and all who had known him before, and they dined 22 with him in his house. They comforted him and consoled him for all the trouble the Lord had brought on him, and each one gave him a piece of silver 23 and a gold ring. 24
12 So the Lord blessed the second part of Job’s life more than the first. He had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys. 13 And he also had seven sons 25 and three daughters. 14 The first daughter he named Jemimah, 26 the second Keziah, 27 and the third Keren-Happuch. 28 15 Nowhere in all the land could women be found who were as beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance alongside their brothers.
16 After this Job lived 140 years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. 17 And so Job died, old and full of days.