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   The Book of Job.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
XL
 
 
[1]    MOREOVER Jehovah answered Job, and said,
[2]  Shall he that cavilleth contend with the Almighty?
He that argueth with God, let him answer it.
 
[3]    Then Job answered Jehovah, and said,
[4]  Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer thee?
I lay my hand upon my mouth.
[5]  Once have I spoken, and I will not answer;
Yea, twice, but I will proceed no further.
 
[6]    Then Jehovah answered 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 even annul my judgment?
Wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be justified?
[9]  Or hast thou an arm like God?
And canst thou thunder with a voice like him?
 
[10]  Deck thyself now with excellency and dignity;
And array thyself with honor and majesty.
[11]  Pour forth the overflowings of thine anger;
And look upon 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 where they stand.
[13]  Hide them in the dust together;
Bind their faces in the hidden place.
[14]  Then will I also confess of thee
That thine own right hand can save thee.
 
[15]    Behold now, behemoth, 1 which I made as 2 well as thee;
He eateth 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 moveth his tail like a cedar:
The sinews of his thighs are knit together.
[18]  His bones are as tubes of brass;
His limbs 3 are like bars of iron.
 
[19]  He is the chief of the ways of God:
He only that made him giveth him his sword.
[20]  Surely the mountains bring him forth food,
Where all the beasts of the field do play.
[21]  He lieth 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 overflow, 4 he trembleth 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?
 
Note 1. That is, the hippopotamus. [back]
Note 2. Heb. with. [back]
Note 3. Or, ribs. [back]
Note 4. Or, be violent. [back]
 

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