(1) So the Eternal responded to Job and said:
(2) Shall one who been disciplined complain against Shaddai?
He who arraigns God must respond.
(3) And so Job responded to the Eternal and said:
(4) Yes, I am nothing;
how can I answer You?
I place my hand on my mouth.
(5) I have spoken once, and will not continue to respond;
Twice, now, and will say no more.
(6) Then the Eternal One replied to Job out of the tempest and said:
(7) Gird your loins like a man; I will ask, and you will inform Me.
(8) Would you undo My just order? Would you condemn Me in order to be right?
(9) Have you an arm like God’s?
Can you thunder with a voice like God's?
(10) Deck yourself now with grandeur and eminence;
Clothe yourself in glory and majesty.
(11) Scatter wide your raging anger;
See every proud man and bring him low.
(12) See all the proud and humble them, And bring them down where they stand.
(13) Bury them all in the earth;
Hide their faces in obscurity.
(14) Then even I would praise you
For the triumph your right hand won you.
(15) Take now Behemoth, whom I made as I did you; He eats grass, like the cattle.
(16) His strength is in his loins,
His might in the muscles of his belly.
(17) He makes his tail stand up like a cedar; The sinews of his thighs are knit together.
(18) His bones are like tubes of bronze, his limbs like iron rods.
(19) He is the first of God’s works; Only his Maker can draw the sword against him.
(20) The mountains yield him produce, Where all the beasts of the field play.
(21) He lies down beneath the lotuses, In the cover of the swamp reeds.
(22) The lotuses embower him with shade; The willows of the brook surround him.
(23) He can restrain the river from its rushing; He is confident the stream will gush at his command.
(24) Can he be taken by his eyes? Can his nose be pierced by hooks?
(25) Can you draw out Leviathan by a fishhook? Can you press down his tongue by a rope?
(26) Can you put a ring through his nose, Or pierce his jaw with a barb?
(27) Will he plead with you at length?
Will he speak soft words to you?
(28) Will he make an agreement with you To be taken as your lifelong slave?
(29) Will you play with him like a bird,
And tie him down for your girls?
(30) Shall traders traffic in him?
Will he be divided up among merchants?
(31) Can you fill his skin with darts
Or his head with fish-spears?
(32) Lay a hand on him,
And you will never think of battle again.