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