Job 40-42

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Job 40

Moreover Yahweh answered Job, and said,

2 Shall he that cavils contend with the Almighty?

He that argues with Eloah, let him answer it.

3 Then Job answered Yahweh, and said,

4 Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you?

I lay my hand upon my mouth.

5 Once have I spoken, and I will not answer;

Yes, twice, but I will proceed no further.

6 Then Yahweh answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,

7 Gird up your loins now like a man:

I will demand of you, and declare you to me.

8 Will you even annul my judgment?

Will you condemn me, that you may be justified?

9 Or have you an arm like El?

And can you thunder with a voice like him?

10 Deck yourself now with excellency and dignity;

And array yourself with honor and majesty.

11 Pour forth the overflowings of your anger;

And look upon every one that is proud, and humble him.

12 Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low;

And tread down the wicked where they stand.

13 Hide them in the dust together;

Bind their faces in the hidden place.

14 Then will I also confess of you

That your own right hand can save you.

15 Behold, now, behemoth, which I made as well as you;

He eats grass as an ox.

16 Lo now, his strength is in his loins,

And his force is in the muscles of his belly.

17 He moves his tail like a cedar:

The sinews of his thighs are knit together.

18 His bones are as tubes of bronze;

His limbs are like bars of iron.

19 He is the chief of the ways of El:

He only that made him gives him his sword.

20 Surely the mountains bring him forth food,

Where all the beasts of the field play.

21 He lies under the lotus trees,

In the covert of the reed, and the fen.

22 The lotus trees cover him with their shade;

The willows of the brook compass him about.

23 Behold, if a river overflows, he trembles not;

He is confident, though a Jordan swell even to his mouth.

24 Shall any take him when he is on the watch,

Or pierce through his nose with a snare?



Job 41

Can you draw out leviathan with a fishhook?

Or press down his tongue with a cord?

2 Can you put a rope into his nose?

Or pierce his jaw through with a hook?

3 Will he make many supplications to you?

Or will he speak soft words to you?

4 Will he make a covenant with you,

That you should 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 bands of fishermen make traffic of him?

Will they part him among the merchants?

7 Can you fill his skin with barbed irons,

Or his head with fish-spears?

8 Lay your hand upon him;

Remember the battle, and do so no more.

9 Behold, the hope of him is in vain:

Will not one be cast down even at the sight of him?

10 None is so fierce that he dare stir him up;

Who then is he that can stand before me?

11 Who has first 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,

Nor his mighty strength, nor his good frame.

13 Who can strip off his outer garment?

Who shall come within his jaws?

14 Who can open the doors of his face?

All around his teeth is terror.

15 His strong scales are his pride,

Shut up together as with a close seal.

16 One is so near to another,

That no air can come between them.

17 They are joined one to another;

They stick together, so that they cannot be separated.

18 His sneezings flash forth light,

And his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.

19 Out of his mouth go burning torches,

And sparks of fire leap forth.

20 Out of his nostrils a smoke goes,

As of a boiling pot and burning rushes.

21 His breath kindles coals,

And a flame goes forth from his mouth.

22 In his neck remains strength,

And terror dances before him.

23 The flakes of his flesh are joined together:

They are firm upon him; they cannot be moved.

24 His heart is as firm as a stone;

Yes, firm as the lower millstone.

25 When he raises himself up, the mighty are afraid:

By reason of consternation they are beside themselves.

26 If one lay at him with the sword, it cannot avail;

Nor the spear, the dart nor the pointed shaft.

27 He counts iron as straw,

And bronze as rotten wood.

28 The arrow cannot make him flee:

Sling-stones are turned with him into stubble.

29 Clubs are counted as stubble:

He laughs at the rushing of the javelin.

30 His underparts are like sharp potsherds:

He spreads as it were a threshing-wain upon the mire.

31 He makes the deep to boil like a pot:

He makes the sea like a pot of ointment.

32 He makes a path to shine after him;

One would think the deep to be hoary.

33 Upon earth there is not his like,

That is made without fear.

34 He beholds everything that is high:

He is king over all the sons of pride.



Job 42

Then Job answered Yahweh, and said,

2 I know that you can do all things,

And that no purpose of yours can be restrained.

3 Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?

Therefore have I uttered that which I understand not,

Things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.

4 Hear, I plead you, and I will speak;

I will demand of you, and declare you to me.

5 I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear;

But now my eye sees you:

6 Therefore I abhor myself,

And repent in dust and ashes.


7 And it was so, that, after Yahweh had spoken these words to Job, Yahweh said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against you, and against your two friends; for you have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job has. 8 Now therefore, take to you seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt-offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you; for him will I accept, that I deal not with you after your folly; for you have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job has. 9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as Yahweh commanded them: and Yahweh accepted Job.


10 And Yahweh turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: and Yahweh gave Job twice as much as he had before. 11 Then came there to him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and ate bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him concerning all the evil that Yahweh had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one a ring of gold. 12 So Yahweh blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: and he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she-asses. 13 He had also seven sons and three daughters. 14 And he called the name of the first, Jemimah; and the name of the second, Keziah; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch. 15 And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren. 16 And after this Job lived a hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, even four generations. 17 So Job died, being old and full of days.

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