Job 40

1Againe the Lord answered Iob out of the whirle winde, and said,

2Girde vp now thy loynes like a man: I will demaunde of thee, and declare thou vnto me.

3Wilt thou disanul my iudgement? or wilt thou condemne me, that thou mayst be iustified?

4Or hast thou an arme like God? or doest thou thunder with a voyce like him?

5Decke thy selfe now with maiestie and excellencie, and aray thy selfe with beautie and glory.

6Cast abroad the indignation of thy wrath, and beholde euery one that is proude, and abase him.

7Looke on euery one that is arrogant, and bring him lowe: and destroy the wicked in their place.

8Hide them in the dust together, and binde their faces in a secret place.

9Then will I confesse vnto thee also, that thy right hand can saue thee.

10Behold now Behemoth (whom I made with thee) which eateth grasse as an oxe.

11Behold now, his strength is in his loynes, and his force is in the nauil of his belly.

12When hee taketh pleasure, his taile is like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapt together.

13His bones are like staues of brasse, and his small bones like staues of yron.

14He is the chiefe of the wayes of God: he that made him, will make his sworde to approch vnto him.

15Surely the mountaines bring him foorth grasse, where all the beastes of the fielde play.

16Lyeth hee vnder the trees in the couert of the reede and fennes?

17Can the trees couer him with their shadow? or can the willowes of the riuer compasse him about?

18Behold, he spoyleth the riuer, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw vp Iorden into his mouth.

19Hee taketh it with his eyes, and thrusteth his nose through whatsoeuer meeteth him.

20Canst thou drawe out Liuiathan with an hooke, and with a line which thou shalt cast downe vnto his tongue?

21Canst thou cast an hooke into his nose? canst thou perce his iawes with an angle?

22Will he make many prayers vnto thee, or speake thee faire?

23Will hee make a couenant with thee? and wilt thou take him as a seruant for euer?

24Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bynd him for thy maydes?

Shall the companions baket with him? shall they deuide him among the marchants?

Canst thou fill the basket with his skinne? or the fishpanier with his head?

Lay thine hand vpon him: remember the battel, and do no more so.

Behold, his hope is in vaine: for shall not one perish euen at the sight of him?

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