New English Translation
Job's Reply to God's Challenge
1 Then the LORD answered Job:
2 "Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him? Let the person who accuses God give him an answer!"
3 Then Job answered the LORD:
4 "Indeed, I am completely unworthy - how could I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth to silence myself.
5 I have spoken once, but I cannot answer; twice, but I will say no more."
The LORD's Second Speech
6 Then the LORD answered Job from the whirlwind:
7 "Get ready for a difficult task like a man. I will question you and you will inform me!
8 Would you indeed annul my justice? Would you declare me guilty so that you might be right?
9 Do you have an arm as powerful as God's, and can you thunder with a voice like his?
10 Adorn yourself, then, with majesty and excellency, and clothe yourself with glory and honor!
11 Scatter abroad the abundance of your anger. Look at every proud man and bring him low;
12 Look at every proud man and abase him; crush the wicked on the spot!
13 Hide them in the dust together, imprison them in the grave.
14 Then I myself will acknowledge to you that your own right hand can save you.
The Description of Behemoth
15 "Look now at Behemoth, which I made as I made you; it eats grass like the ox.
16 Look at its strength in its loins, and its power in the muscles of its belly.
17 It makes its tail stiff like a cedar, the sinews of its thighs are tightly wound.
18 Its bones are tubes of bronze, its limbs like bars of iron.
19 It ranks first among the works of God, the One who made it has furnished it with a sword.
20 For the hills bring it food, where all the wild animals play.
21 Under the lotus trees it lies, in the secrecy of the reeds and the marsh.
22 The lotus trees conceal it in their shadow; the poplars by the stream conceal it.
23 If the river rages, it is not disturbed, it is secure, though the Jordan should surge up to its mouth.
24 Can anyone catch it by its eyes, or pierce its nose with a snare?
King James Version
1 Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said,
2 Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.
3 ¶ Then Job answered the LORD, and said,
4 Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.
5 Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further.
6 ¶ Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
7 Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
8 Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?
9 Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?
10 Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty.
11 Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one that is proud, and abase him.
12 Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.
13 Hide them in the dust together; and bind their faces in secret.
14 Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee.
15 ¶ Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.
16 Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly.
17 He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together.
18 His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron.
19 He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him.
20 Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play.
21 He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens.
22 The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about.
23 Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth.
24 He taketh it with his eyes: his nose pierceth through snares.