1 Still speaking to Job, Yahweh said:
Job 38:1 Job 40:6
2 Is Yahweh's opponent going to give way? Has God's critic thought up an answer?
Job 33:13 1Cor 2:16 Isa 40:14 Ezek 18:2 Isa 45:9-11 Isa 50:8 Job 3:20
3 Job replied to Yahweh:
4 My words have been frivolous: what can I reply? I had better lay my hand over my mouth.
Job 29:9 Job 21:5 Job 42:6 Ezra 9:6 Gen 18:27 Gen 32:10 Isa 6:5
5 I have spoken once, I shall not speak again; I have spoken twice, I have nothing more to say.
Job 33:14 Ps 62:11 2Kgs 6:10 Jer 31:18-19 Job 9:3 Job 9:15 Job 34:31-32
6 Yahweh gave Job his answer from the heart of the tempest. He said:
Job 38:1 2Pet 3:10-12 Heb 12:18-20 Ps 50:3-4
7 Brace yourself like a fighter, I am going to ask the questions, and you are to inform me!
Job 38:3 Job 42:4 Job 13:22 Job 23:3-4
8 Do you really want to reverse my judgement, put me in the wrong and yourself in the right?
Job 32:2 Job 10:3 Job 34:5-6 Rom 3:4 Gal 3:15 Gal 3:17 Heb 7:18
9 Has your arm the strength of God's, can your voice thunder as loud?
Job 37:4-5 Ps 89:13 1Cor 10:22 Exod 15:6 Isa 45:9 Job 9:4 Job 23:6
10 Come on, display your majesty and grandeur, robe yourself in splendour and glory.
Ps 93:1 Isa 59:17 Ps 149:4 1Chr 29:11 1Cor 15:54 2Pet 1:16-17 Exod 28:2
11 Let the fury of your anger burst forth, humble the haughty at a glance!
Dan 4:37 Isa 2:11-12 Isa 2:17 Nah 1:6 1Pet 5:5-6 Acts 12:22-23 Dan 5:20-23
12 At a glance, bring down all the proud, strike down the wicked where they stand.
Isa 63:3 Mal 4:3 1Sam 2:7 Acts 1:25 Eccl 11:3 Isa 10:6 Isa 13:11
13 Bury the lot of them in the ground, shut them, every one, in the Dungeon.
Isa 2:10 Esth 7:8 Job 14:13 Job 36:13 John 11:44 Ps 49:14
14 And I shall be the first to pay you homage, since your own right hand is strong enough to save you.
Eph 2:4-9 Isa 40:29 Ps 44:3 Ps 44:6 Rom 5:6
15 But look at Behemoth, my creature, just as you are! He feeds on greenstuff like the ox,
Gen 1:24-26 Job 39:8 Job 40:20 Ps 104:14
16 but what strength he has in his loins, what power in his stomach muscles!
17 His tail is as stiff as a cedar, the sinews of his thighs are tightly knit.
18 His bones are bronze tubes, his frame like forged iron.
Isa 48:4 Job 7:12
19 He is the first of the works of God. His Maker threatened him with the sword,
Isa 27:1 Job 26:13 Job 41:33 Ps 7:12 Ps 104:24
20 forbidding him the mountain regions and all the wild animals that play there.
Ps 104:14 Ps 104:26 Job 40:15 Ps 147:8-9
21 Under the lotus he lies, he hides among the reeds in the swamps.
Isa 19:6-7 Isa 35:7
22 The leaves of the lotus give him shade, the willows by the stream shelter him.
Ezek 17:5 Isa 15:7 Lev 23:40
23 If the river overflows, he does not worry: Jordan might come up to his mouth, but he would not care.
Gen 13:10 Isa 28:16 Isa 37:25 Josh 3:15 Ps 55:8
24 Who is going to catch him by the eyes or put poles through his nose?
25 Leviathan, too! Can you catch him with a fish-hook or hold his tongue down with a rope?
26 Can you put a cane through his nostrils or pierce his jaw with a hook?
27 Will he plead lengthily with you, addressing you in diffident tones?
28 Will he strike a bargain with you to become your slave for life?
29 Will you make a pet of him, like a bird, keep him on a lead to amuse your little girls?
30 Is he to be sold by the fishing guild and then retailed by merchants?
31 Riddle his hide with darts? Or his head with fishing spears?
32 You have only to lay a finger on him never to forget the struggle or risk it again!