1 And Yahweh responded to Job, and said: - 2 Shall a reprover contend, with the Almighty? He that disputeth with GOD, let him answer it!
3 Then Job responded to Yahweh, and said: - 4 Lo! I am of no account, what shall I reply to thee? My hand, have I laid on my mouth: 5 Once, have I spoken, but I will not proceed, yea twice, but I will not add.
6 So then Yahweh responded to Job, out of a storm, and said: - 7 Gird, I pray thee - as a strong man - thy loins, I will ask thee, and inform thou me. 8 Wilt thou even frustrate my justice? Wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest appear right? 9 But if, an arm like GOD, thou hast, and, with a voice like his, thou canst thunder,
10 Deck thyself, I pray thee, with majesty and grandeur, Yea, with dignity and splendour, thou shalt clothe thyself; 11 Pour out thy transports of anger, and look on every one who is high, and lay him low; 12 Look on every one who is high, and humble him, yea tread down the lawless, on the spot: 13 Hide them in the dust all together, Their faces, bind thou in darkness; 14 And, even I myself, will praise thee, in that thine own right hand can bring thee salvation.
15 Behold, I pray thee, the Hippopotamus, which I made with thee, Grass - like the ox, he eateth; 16 Behold, I pray thee, his strength in his loins, and his force, in the muscles of his belly; 17 He bendeth down his tail like a cedar, the sinews of his thighs, are twisted together; 18 His bones, are barrels of bronze, his frame, is like hammered bars of iron: 19 He, is the beginning of the ways of GOD, Let his maker, present him his sword: 20 Surely the mountains bring, produce, to him, where, all the wild beasts of the field, do play; 21 Under the lotus-trees, he lieth down, in a covert of reed and swamp; 22 The lotus-trees cover him with their shade, the willows of the torrent-bed compass him about; 23 Lo! the river becometh insolent - he is not alarmed! He is confident, though a Jordan burst forth to his mouth: 24 Before his eyes, shall he be caught? With a hook, can one pierce his nose?