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MOREOVER the LORD answered Job, and said,
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Many are the counsels of God;
he who reproves God must answer for it.
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Then Job answered the LORD, and said,
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Behold, I am unworthy;
what shall I answer thee?
I will lay my hand upon my mouth.
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Once I have spoken;
but I will not answer;
yea, twice, but I will proceed no further.
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Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
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Gird up your loins now like a man;
I will question you, and you shall declare to me.
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Will you disannul my judgment?
Will you even condemn me, that you may be justified?
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Have you an arm like God?
Or can you thunder with a voice like him?
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Deck yourself now with majesty and excellency;
and array yourself with glory and beauty.
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Cast away the rage of your wrath;
and look upon everyone that is proud, and abase him;
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And cast the sinners into their place.
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Bury them in the earth together;
cover their faces with fine dust.
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Then will I also give you credit when your own right hand has saved you.
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Behold now the hippopotamus which I made for you;
he eats grass like an ox.
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Lo, his strength is in his loins, and his tail stands erect like a cedar tree.
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The sinews of his thighs bulge out.
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His bones are strong as pieces of brass;
yea, they are like bars of iron.
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He is the chief among God’s creations;
for he made him powerful to fight.
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He roams about the mountains, and all the wild beasts of the field lie down under his protection.
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He lurks in the covert of reeds, he couches as a lion.
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The shady trees cover him with their shadow;
the willows of the brook encircle him.
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Behold, if he plunges into the river, he is not afraid;
he is confident, though the Jordan reaches to his mouth.
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Can one take him with a hook, or catch him with a net?
Can one snare him in a trap, or can one bind his tongue with a rope?