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1 JEHOVAH SPEAKS TO JOB:

2 »Will the person who finds fault with the Almighty correct him? Will the person who argues with God answer him?«

3 JOB ANSWERED JEHOVAH:

4 »I am so insignificant. How can I answer you? I will put my hand over my mouth.

5 I spoke once, but I cannot answer twice. I will proceed no further.«

6 He spoke 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?

9 »Do you have an arm power like God’s? Can your voice thunder like his?

10 »Then adorn yourself with glory and splendor. Clothe yourself in honor and majesty.

11 »Unleash the fury of your wrath, look at every proud man and bring him low!

12 »Look at every proud man and humble him, crush the wicked where they stand.

13 »Bury them all in the dust together and shroud their faces in the grave.

14 »I will admit to you then that your own right hand can save you.

15 »Look at the behemoth, which I made along with you. It feeds on grass as cattle do.

16 »What strength he has in his loins, what power in the muscles of his belly!

17 »His tail sways like a cedar; the sinews of his thighs are close-knit.

18 »His bones are tubes of bronze, his limbs like rods of iron.

19 »He ranks first among the works of God, yet his Maker can approach him with his sword.

20 »The hills bring him their produce. All the wild animals play nearby.

21 »He lies under the lotus plants, hidden among the reeds in the marsh.

22 »The lotuses conceal him in their shadow. The poplars by the stream surround him.

23 »The river rages, but he is not alarmed. He is secure, though the Jordan should surge against his mouth.

24 »Can anyone capture him by the eyes, or trap him and pierce his nose?