Job 40-42 Bible in Basic English

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40 1 Then the Lord made answer to Job out of the storm-wind, and said, 2 Get your strength together like a man of war: I will put questions to you, and you will give me the answers. 3 Will you even make my right of no value? will you say that I am wrong in order to make clear that you are right? 4 Have you an arm like God? have you a voice of thunder like his? 5 Put on the ornaments of your pride; be clothed with glory and power:

The Manifestations of God's Power

6 Let your wrath be overflowing; let your eyes see all the sons of pride, and make them low. 7 Send destruction on all who are lifted up, pulling down the sinners from their places. 8 Let them be covered together in the dust; let their faces be dark in the secret place of the underworld. 9 Then I will give praise to you, saying that your right hand is able to give you salvation. 10 See now the Great Beast, whom I made, even as I made you; he takes grass for food, like the ox. 11 His strength is in his body, and his force in the muscles of his stomach. 12 His tail is curving like a cedar; the muscles of his legs are joined together. 13 His bones are pipes of brass, his legs are like rods of iron. 14 He is the chief of the ways of God, made by him for his pleasure.

15 He takes the produce of the mountains, where all the beasts of the field are at play. 16 He takes his rest under the trees of the river, and in the pool, under the shade of the water-plants. 17 He is covered by the branches of the trees; the grasses of the stream are round him. 18 Truly, if the river is overflowing, it gives him no cause for fear; he has no sense of danger, even if Jordan is rushing against his mouth. 19 Will anyone take him when he is on the watch, or put metal teeth through his nose? 20 Is it possible for Leviathan to be pulled out with a fish-hook, or for a hook to be put through the bone of his mouth? 21 Will you put a cord into his nose, or take him away with a cord round his tongue? 22 Will he make prayers to you, or say soft words to you? 23 Will he make an agreement with you, so that you may take him as a servant for ever? 24 Will you make sport with him, as with a bird? or put him in chains for your young women? 25 Will the fishermen make profit out of him? will they have him cut up for the traders? 26 Will you put sharp-pointed irons into his skin, or fish-spears into his head? 27 Only put your hand on him, and see what a fight you will have; you will not do it again! 28 Truly, the hope of his attacker is false; he is overcome even on seeing him!

41 1 He is so cruel that no one is ready to go against him. Who then is able to keep his place before me? 2 Who ever went against me, and got the better of me? There is no one under heaven! 3 I will not keep quiet about the parts of his body, or about his power, and the strength of his frame. 4 Who has ever taken off his outer skin? who may come inside his inner coat of iron? 5 Who has made open the doors of his face? Fear is round about his teeth. 6 His back is made of lines of plates, joined tight together, one against the other, like a stamp. 7 One is so near to the other that no air may come between them. 8 They take a grip of one another; they are joined together, so that they may not be parted. 9 His sneezings give out flames, and his eyes are like the eyes of the dawn. 10 Out of his mouth go burning lights, and flames of fire are jumping up.

11 Smoke comes out of his nose, like a pot boiling on the fire. 12 His breath puts fire to coals, and a flame goes out of his mouth. 13 Strength is in his neck, and fear goes dancing before him. 14 The plates of his flesh are joined together, fixed, and not to be moved. 15 His heart is as strong as a stone, hard as the lower crushing-stone. 16 When he gets ready for the fight, the strong are overcome with fear. 17 The sword may come near him but is not able to go through him; the spear, or the arrow, or the sharp-pointed iron. 18 Iron is to him as dry grass, and brass as soft wood. 19 The arrow is not able to put him to flight: stones are no more to him than dry stems. 20 A thick stick is no better than a leaf of grass, and he makes sport of the onrush of the spear. 21 Under him are sharp edges of broken pots: as if he was pulling a grain-crushing instrument over the wet earth. 22 The deep is boiling like a pot of spices, and the sea like a perfume-vessel. 23 After him his way is shining, so that the deep seems white. 24 On earth there is not another like him, who is made without fear. 25 Everything which is high goes in fear of him; he is king over all the sons of pride.

Job's Confession and Acceptance

42 1 And Job said in answer to the Lord, 2 I see that you are able to do every thing, and to give effect to all your designs. 3 Who is this who makes dark the purpose of God by words without knowledge? For I have been talking without knowledge about wonders not to be searched out. 4 Give ear to me, and I will say what is in my mind; I will put questions to you, and you will give me the answers. 5 Word of you had come to my ears, but now my eye has seen you. 6 For this cause I give witness that what I said is false, and in sorrow I take my seat in the dust.

7 And it came about, after he had said these words to Job, that the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, I am very angry with you and your two friends, because you have not said what is right about me, as my servant Job has. 8 And now, take seven oxen and seven sheep, and go to my servant Job, and give a burned offering for yourselves, and my servant Job will make prayer for you, that I may not send punishment on you; because you have not said what is right about me, as my servant Job has. 9 And Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite, went and did as the Lord had said. And the Lord gave ear to Job.

The Restoration of Job's Prosperity

10 And the Lord made up to Job for all his losses, after he had made prayer for his friends: and all Job had before was increased by the Lord twice as much. 11 And all his brothers and sisters, and his friends of earlier days, came and took food with him in his house; and made clear their grief for him, and gave him comfort for all the evil which the Lord had sent on him; and they all gave him a bit of money and a gold ring. 12 And the Lord's blessing was greater on the end of Job's life than on its start: and so he came to have fourteen thousand sheep and goats, and six thousand camels, and two thousand oxen, and a thousand she-asses. 13 And he had seven sons and three daughters. 14 And he gave the first the name of Jemimah, the second Keziah, and the third Keren-happuch; 15 And there were no women so beautiful as the daughters of Job in all the earth: and their father gave them a heritage among their brothers. 16 And after this Job had a hundred and forty years of life, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, even four generations. 17 And Job came to his end, old and full of days.

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