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.
1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, 1 which God gave him to show his servants 2 what must happen very soon. 3 He made it clear 4 by sending his angel to his servant 5 John, 2 who then 6 testified to everything that he saw concerning the word of God and the testimony about 7 Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed is the one who reads the words of this 8 prophecy aloud, 9 and blessed are 10 those who hear and obey 11 the things written in it, because the time is near! 12
4 From John, 13 to the seven churches that are in the province of Asia: 14 Grace and peace to you 15 from “he who is,” 16 and who was, and who is still to come, 17 and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ – the faithful 18 witness, 19 the firstborn from among the dead, the ruler over the kings of the earth. To the one who loves us and has set us free 20 from our sins at the cost of 21 his own blood 6 and has appointed 22 us as a kingdom, 23 as priests 24 serving his God and Father – to him be the glory and the power for ever and ever! 25 Amen.
7 (Look! He is returning with the clouds, 26
and every eye will see him,
even 27 those who pierced him, 28
and all the tribes 29 on the earth will mourn because 30 of him.
This will certainly come to pass! 31 Amen.) 32
8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” 33 says the Lord God – the one who is, and who was, and who is still to come – the All-Powerful! 34
9 I, John, your brother and the one who shares 35 with you in the persecution, kingdom, and endurance that 36 are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony about Jesus. 37 10 I was in the Spirit 38 on the Lord’s Day 39 when 40 I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, 11 saying: “Write in a book what you see and send it to the seven churches – to Ephesus, 41 Smyrna, 42 Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.”
12 I 43 turned to see whose voice was speaking to me, 44 and when I did so, 45 I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the lampstands was one like a son of man. 46 He was dressed in a robe extending down to his feet and he wore a wide golden belt 47 around his chest. 14 His 48 head and hair were as white as wool, even as white as snow, 49 and his eyes were like a fiery 50 flame. 15 His feet were like polished bronze 51 refined 52 in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar 53 of many waters. 16 He held 54 seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp double-edged sword extended out of his mouth. His 55 face shone like the sun shining at full strength. 17 When 56 I saw him I fell down at his feet as though I were dead, but 57 he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid! I am the first and the last, 18 and the one who lives! I 58 was dead, but look, now I am alive – forever and ever – and I hold the keys of death and of Hades! 59 19 Therefore write what you saw, what is, and what will be after these things. 60 20 The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and the seven golden lampstands is this: 61 The seven stars are the angels 62 of the seven churches and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.