Job 40-42 New American Standard Bible

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40 Then the Lord said e to Job , 2  "Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty ? Let him who reproves God answer it." 3  Then Job answered the Lord and said , 4  "Behold , I am insignificant ; what can I reply to You? I lay my hand on my mouth . 5  "Once I have spoken , and I will not answer ; Even twice , and I will add nothing more."

The Manifestations of God's Power

6  Then the Lord answered Job out of the storm and said , 7  "Now gird up your loins like a man ; I will ask you, and you instruct Me. 8  "Will you really annul My judgment ? Will you condemn Me that you may be justified ? 9  "Or do you have an arm like God , And can you thunder with a voice like His? 10  " Adorn yourself with eminence and dignity , And clothe yourself with honor and majesty . 11  "Pour out the overflowings of your anger , And look on everyone who is proud , and make him low . 12  "Look on everyone who is proud , and humble him, And tread down the wicked where they stand . 13  " Hide them in the dust together ; Bind them in the hidden place. 14  "Then I will also confess to you, That your own right hand can save you.

15  "Behold now , Behemoth , which I made as well as you; He eats grass like an ox . 16  "Behold now , his strength in his loins And his power in the muscles of his belly . 17  "He bends his tail like a cedar ; The sinews of his thighs are knit together . 18  "His bones are tubes of bronze ; His limbs are like bars of iron . 19  "He is the first of the ways of God ; Let his maker bring near his sword . 20  "Surely the mountains bring him food , And all the beasts of the field play there . 21  "Under the lotus plants he lies down , In the covert of the reeds and the marsh . 22  "The lotus plants cover him with shade ; The willows of the brook surround him. 23  "If a river rages , he is not alarmed ; He is confident , though the Jordan rushes to his mouth . 24  "Can anyone capture him when he is on watch , With barbs can anyone pierce his nose ?

41 "Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook ? Or press down his tongue with a cord ? 2  "Can you put a rope in his nose Or pierce his jaw with a hook ? 3  "Will he make many supplications to you, Or will he speak to you soft words ? 4  "Will he make a covenant with you? Will you take him for a servant forever ? 5  "Will you play with him as with a bird , Or will you bind him for your maidens ? 6  "Will the traders bargain over him? Will they divide him among the merchants ? 7  "Can you fill his skin with harpoons , Or his head with fishing spears ? 8  "Lay your hand on him; Remember the battle ; you will not do it again ! 9  "Behold , your expectation is false ; Will you be laid low even at the sight of him? 10  "No one is so fierce that he dares to arouse him; Who then is he that can stand before Me?

11  "Who has given to Me that I should repay him? Whatever is under the whole heaven is Mine. 12  "I will not keep silence concerning his limbs , Or his mighty strength , or his orderly frame . 13  "Who can strip off his outer armor ? Who can come within his double mail ? 14  "Who can open the doors of his face ? Around his teeth there is terror . 15  "His strong scales are his pride , Shut up as with a tight seal . 16  "One is so near to another That no air can come between them. 17  "They are joined one to another ; They clasp each other and cannot be separated . 18  "His sneezes flash forth light , And his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning . 19  "Out of his mouth go burning torches ; Sparks of fire leap forth . 20  "Out of his nostrils smoke goes forth As from a boiling pot and burning rushes . 21  "His breath kindles coals , And a flame goes forth from his mouth . 22  "In his neck lodges strength , And dismay leaps before him. 23  "The folds of his flesh are joined together , Firm on him and immovable e . 24  "His heart is as hard as a stone , Even as hard as a lower millstone . 25  "When he raises himself up, the mighty fear ; Because of the crashing they are bewildered . 26  "The sword that reaches him cannot avail , Nor the spear , the dart or the javelin . 27  "He regards iron as straw , Bronze as rotten wood . 28  "The arrow cannot make him flee ; Slingstones e are turned into stubble for him. 29  "Clubs are regarded as stubble ; He laughs at the rattling of the javelin . 30  "His underparts are like sharp potsherds ; He spreads out like a threshing sledge on the mire . 31  "He makes the depths boil like a pot ; He makes the sea like a jar of ointment . 32  "Behind him he makes a wake to shine ; One would think the deep to be gray-haired . 33  " Nothing on earth is like him, One made without fear . 34  "He looks on everything that is high ; He is king over all the sons of pride ."

Job's Confession and Acceptance

42 Then Job answered the Lord and said , 2  "I know that You can do all things , And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted . 3  'Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge ?' "Therefore I have declared that which I did not understand , Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know ." 4  'Hear , now , and I will speak ; I will ask You, and You instruct me.' 5  "I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear ; But now my eye sees You; 6  Therefore e I retract , And I repent in dust and ashes ."

7  It came about after the Lord had spoken these words to Job , that the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite , "My wrath is kindled against you and against your two friends , because you have not spoken of Me what is right as My servant Job has. 8  "Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams , and go to My servant Job , and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves, and My servant Job will pray for you. For I will accept e him so that I may not do with you according to your folly , because you have not spoken of Me what is right , as My servant Job has." 9  So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did as the Lord told them; and the Lord accepted e Job .

The Restoration of Job's Prosperity

10  The Lord restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends , and the Lord increased all that Job had twofold . 11  Then all his brothers and all his sisters and all who had known him before came to him, and they ate bread with him in his house ; and they consoled him and comforted him for all the adversities that the Lord had brought on him. And each one gave him one piece of money , and each a ring of gold . 12  The Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning ; and he had 14,000 e e sheep and 6,000 e camels and 1,000 yoke of oxen and 1,000 female donkeys . 13  He had seven sons and three daughters . 14  He named e the first Jemimah , and the second Keziah , and the third Keren-happuch . 15  In all the land no women were found so fair as Job's daughters ; and their father gave them inheritance among their brothers . 16  After this , Job lived 140 e years , and saw his sons and his grandsons , four generations . 17  And Job died , an old man and full of days .

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