40 And Jehovah proceeded to answer Job and say:
2 “Should there be any contending* of a faultfinder with the Almighty?+
Let the reprover of God* himself answer it.”+
3 And Job went on to answer Jehovah and say:
4 “Look! I have become of little account.+
What shall I reply to you?
My hand I have put over my mouth.+
5 Once have I spoken, and I will not answer;
And twice, and I will add nothing.”
6 And Jehovah went on to answer Job out of the windstorm+ and say:
7 “Gird up your loins, please, like an able-bodied man;+
I shall question you, and you inform me.+
8 Really, will you invalidate my justice?
Will you pronounce me wicked in order that you may be in the right?*+
9 Or do you have an arm like that of the [true] God,*+
And with a voice like his can you make it thunder?+
10 Deck yourself, please, with superiority+ and highness;+
And with dignity+ and splendor+ may you clothe yourself.
11 Let flow the furious outbursts of your anger,+
And see every one haughty and bring him low.
12 See every one haughty, humble him,+
And tread down the wicked right where they are.
13 Hide them together in the dust,+
Bind their very faces in the hidden place,
14 And I, even I, shall commend you,
Because your right hand can save you.
15 Here, now, is Be·heʹmoth* that I have made as well as you.
Green grass it eats+ just as a bull does.
16 Here, now, its power is in its hips,
And its dynamic energy+ in the tendons of its belly.
17 It bends down its tail like a cedar;
The sinews of its thighs are interwoven.
18 Its bones are tubes of copper;
Its strong bones are like wrought-iron rods.
19 It is the beginning of the ways of God;*
Its Maker+ can bring near his sword.
20 For the mountains themselves bear their produce for it,+
And all the wild beasts of the field themselves play there.*
21 Under the thorny lotus trees it lies down,
In the concealed place of reeds+ and the swampy place.+
22 The thorny lotus trees keep it blocked off with their shadow;
The poplars of the torrent valley surround it.
23 If the river acts violently, it does not run in panic.
It is confident, although the Jordan+ should burst forth against its mouth.
24 Before its eyes can anyone take it?
With snares can anyone bore [its] nose?*