THE BOOK OF
Job 40 ©
Job is again reproved by the Lord, because he had not yet fully acknowledged the righteousness and power of God, v. 1, etc. Job confesses his faults, 3. God’s might is described by comparing it with Job’s weakness, 9. Ironically set before him by God in some commands, to make him show forth his ability in the execution of the same, 10. As also by the description of Behemoth, 15.
MOREOVER 1the LORD answered Job, and said,
Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty 2instruct him? he that 3reproveth God, let him answer it.
¶Then Job answered the LORD, and said,
Behold, 4I am vile; what shall I answer thee? Ia will 5lay mine hand upon my mouth.
6Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, 7twice; but I will proceed no further.
¶Then answered the LORD unto Job out 8of the whirlwind, and said,
9Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and 10declare thou unto me.
Wilt thou 11also disannul myb12judgment? wilt thou 13condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?
Hast thou an 14arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?
15Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty.
Cast abroad the 16rage of thy wrath: and 17behold every one that is proud, and abasec him.
Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked 18in their place.
Hide them in the 19dust 20together; and 21bind their faces in secret.
Then will I also confess unto thee 22that thine own 23right hand can save thee.
¶Behold now 24behemoth,d which I made 25with thee; 26he eateth grass as an ox.
Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the 27navel of his belly.
He moveth 28his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are 29wrapped together.
His bones are as 30strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron.
He is 31the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make 32his sword to approach unto him.
33Surely the mountains bring him forth food, 34where all the beasts of the field play.
He lieth under the 35shady trees, 36in the covert of the reed, and fens.e
The shady trees cover him 37with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about.
Behold, he 38drinketh up a river, and 39hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up 40Jordan into his mouth.
He taketh it 41with his eyes: his nose pierceth through snares.