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Chapter 40

40:1 Moreover the Lord answered Job, and said:

40:2 Shall he that reproveth contend with the Almighty? He that argueth with God, let him answer it.

40:3 Then Job answered the Lord, and said:

40:4 Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer Thee? I lay my hand upon my mouth.

40:5 Once have I spoken, but I will not answer again; yea, twice, but I will proceed no further.

40:6 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:

40:7 Gird up thy loins now like a man; I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto Me.

40:8 Wilt thou even make void My judgment? Wilt thou condemn Me, that thou mayest be justified?

40:9 Or hast thou an arm like God? And canst thou thunder with a voice like Him?

40:10 Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency, and array thyself with glory and beauty.

40:11 Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath; and look upon every one that is proud, and abase him.

40:12 Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.

40:13 Hide them in the dust together; bind their faces in the hidden place.

40:14 Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee.

40:15 Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.

40:16 Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the stays of his body.

40:17 He straineth his tail like a cedar; the sinews of his thighs are knit together.

40:18 His bones are as pipes of brass; his gristles are like bars of iron.

40:19 He is the beginning of the ways of God; He only that made him can make His sword to approach unto him.

40:20 Surely the mountains bring him forth food, and all the beasts of the field play there.

40:21 He lieth under the lotus-trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens.

40:22 The lotus-trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about.

40:23 Behold, if a river overflow, he trembleth not; he is confident, though the Jordan rush forth to his mouth.

40:24 Shall any take him by his eyes, or pierce through his nose with a snare?

40:25 Canst thou draw out leviathan with a fish-hook? or press down his tongue with a cord?

40:26 Canst thou put a ring into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a hook?

40:27 Will he make many supplications unto thee? or will he speak soft words unto thee?

40:28 Will he make a covenant with thee, that thou shouldest take him for a servant for ever?

40:29 Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? Or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?

40:30 Will the bands of fishermen make a banquet of him? Will they part him among the merchants?

40:31 Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish-spears?

40:32 Lay thy hand upon him; think upon the battle, thou wilt do so no more.

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