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Job 40 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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God’s Power and Wisdom
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 40:1 - Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said:
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 40:2 - “Shall the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him?
He who rebukes God, let him answer it.”
Job’s Response to God
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 40:3 - Then Job answered the LORD and said:
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 40:4 - “Behold, I am vile;
What shall I answer You?
I lay my hand over my mouth.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 40:5 - Once I have spoken, but I will not answer;
Yes, twice, but I will proceed no further.”
God’s Challenge to Job
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 40:6 - Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 40:7 - “Now prepare yourself like a man;
I will question you, and you shall answer Me:
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 40:8 - “Would you indeed annul My judgment?
Would you condemn Me that you may be justified?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 40:9 - Have you an arm like God?
Or can you thunder with a voice like His?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 40:10 - Then adorn yourself with majesty and splendor,
And array yourself with glory and beauty.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 40:11 - Disperse the rage of your wrath;
Look on everyone who is proud, and humble him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 40:12 - Look on everyone who is proud, and bring him low;
Tread down the wicked in their place.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 40:13 - Hide them in the dust together,
Bind their faces in hidden darkness.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 40:14 - Then I will also confess to you
That your own right hand can save you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 40:15 - “Look now at the behemoth,[fn] which I made along with you;
He eats grass like an ox.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 40:16 - See now, his strength is in his hips,
And his power is in his stomach muscles.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 40:17 - He moves his tail like a cedar;
The sinews of his thighs are tightly knit.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 40:18 - His bones are like beams of bronze,
His ribs like bars of iron.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 40:19 - He is the first of the ways of God;
Only He who made him can bring near His sword.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 40:20 - Surely the mountains yield food for him,
And all the beasts of the field play there.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 40:21 - He lies under the lotus trees,
In a covert of reeds and marsh.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 40:22 - The lotus trees cover him with their shade;
The willows by the brook surround him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 40:23 - Indeed the river may rage,
Yet he is not disturbed;
He is confident, though the Jordan gushes into his mouth,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 40:24 - Though he takes it in his eyes,
Or one pierces his nose with a snare.
NKJV Footnotes
A large animal, exact identity unknown

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