Yahweh Answers Job
38[1 -7] Then Yahweh answered out of the whirlwind, “Who is this who confuses My wisdom by words without knowledge? Brace yourself like a man, for I’ll question you, then you answer Me! Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you understand. Who decided how big it would be, if you know? Or who measured it? On what were the foundations built? Or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together, and all God’s angels shouted for joy?
[8-15] Or who made the boundaries of the sea when it burst from the womb of the deep, when I dressed it with clouds, and wrapped it in deep darkness, when I set its boundaries, and drew the lines of its shore, saying, ‘Here you may come, but no further. Your proud waves will stop here.’ Have you told the morning to shine its light, and caused the sun to come up in the east; that it could shine its light to the ends of the earth, and expose what the sinful do? The days dawns as red clay under a seal, and clothes the morning. But the sinful see only darkness and the arm raised for trouble is broken.
[16-21] Have you gone into the fountains of the sea? Or have you walked in the deepest caves of the sea? Have the gates of death been revealed to you? Or have you seen the gates of the shadow of death? Do you even know how wide the earth is? Tell Me, if you know it all. Where is the way the light goes? As for darkness, where does it stay, that you should take it to its place, and that you should find the paths to where it goes? Truly you know, for you were born then, and you’re very old!
[22-30] Have you seen the stores of snow and hail, which I’ve kept for the times of trouble, when I bring judgment on the earth in war? By what way does the lightning come, or does the east wind blow on the earth? Who has cut a channel for the flood water, or the path for the thunderstorm; to cause it to rain on land where no one lives; on the empty countryside; to satisfy the deserted lands, to cause the tender grass to grow? Where does the rain come from or the drops of dew? Where does the ice come from and the gray frost of the sky? The waters become hard like stone when the surface of the sea is frozen.
[31-35] Can you cluster together the stars of the Pleiades, or spread out those of Orion? Can you move the constellations in their seasons? Or can you guide the stars of the Bear with her cubs? Do you know the natural laws of the heavens? Can you understand its power over the earth? Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, that wealth of waters may fall on you? Can you make the lightning go away? Do they report to you, saying, ‘Here we are?’
[36-41] Who has put wisdom and understanding into the mind of a human being? Who is wise enough to count the clouds? Or who can pour out the stores of water from the sky, when the dust hardens, and the clods of earth stick together? Can you hunt the prey for the lioness, or feed the young lions till they’re full, when they crouch in their dens, and set an ambush in the thicket? Who gives the raven its food when its young cries to God, and wanders off for lack of food?
39[1-4] Do you know the time when the mountain goats give birth? Do you watch when the doe have her fawns? Can you count the months that they complete? Or do you know the time when they give birth? They bow themselves and bring out their young, and end their labor pains. Their young become strong. They grow up in the open field. They go out, and don’t come back again.
[5-12] Who has set the wild donkey free? Or who has untied it, whose home I’ve made the countryside, and the salt flats its home? It hates the noise of the city, nor does it like to hear the shouting of the driver. The mountain range is its pasture, where it searches after every green thing. Will the wild cow be happy to work for you? Or will it stay by your feeding trough? Can you hold the wild cow in the furrow with a harness? Or will it till the valleys following after you? Will you trust it for its great strength? Or will you leave it to do your work? Will you trust in it to bring home your seed, and gather the grain of your barn floor?
[13 -18] The wings of the ostrich wave proudly; but are they the feathers and plumage of love? For she leaves her eggs in the earth, warms them in the dust, and forgets that the foot may crush them, or that a wild animal may stomp on them. She deals harshly with her young, as if they weren’t even hers. Though her labor is for nothing, she has no fear, because God hasn’t given her the wisdom to know better, nor given her any understanding. When she jumps up to run, she outruns the horse with its rider with ease.
[19-25] Have you given the horse its strength? Have you dressed its neck with a mane to blow in the wind? Have you made it to leap as a locust jumps? The sound of its snorting is terrible. It paws in the valley, and is happy in its strength. It goes out to meet the soldiers. It mocks at fear, and isn’t troubled, nor does it turn back from the weapons of war. The quiver rattles against it, along with the flashing spear and the lance. It tears up the ground with its rage and fierceness, nor does it stand still at the sound of the horn. As often as the horn sounds it snorts, ‘Aha!’ It smells the battle very far away, the shout of the captains, and the war cry.
[26 -29] Is it by your wisdom that the hawk soars, and stretches its wings toward the south? Is it at your word that the eagle mounts up, and makes its nest on high? It lives on the cliffs, and makes its home on the top of the cliff, and its stronghold. From there it spies out its prey, seeing it very far away. Its young ones also suck up blood. Where the dead are, there it is.”
Behemoth, the Dinosaur
40[1 -5] Besides Yahweh answered Job, “Will the one who argues correct the Almighty? Whoever argues with God, let them answer.” Then Job answered Yahweh, “See, I am nothing. What could I answer You? I lay my hand on my mouth. I’ve spoken once, but I won’t speak again; Yes, twice, but I’ll go no further.”
[6 -14] Then Yahweh spoke out of the tornado, “Now brace yourself like a man. I’ll question you, and you’ll answer me. Will you even discount My judgment? Will you condemn Me, that you could be right? Or do you have the power of God? Can you thunder with a voice like Mine? Now clothe yourself with perfection and brilliance. Array yourself with honor and grandeur. Show all the fury of your anger. Look at everyone who is proud, and bring them down and humble them. Destroy the sinful in their place. Bury them in the dust together and bury their faces in the grave. Then I’ll also admit to you that your own right hand can save you.
[15-22] See now, behemoth (likely a brachiosaurus-type dinosaur), which I made as well as you. It eats grass like a cow. Look now, its strength is in its thighs, whose force is in the muscles of the belly. Its tail is as strait and strong as a cedar. The tendons of its thighs are joined together. Its bones are like strong tubes of brass. Its limbs are like bars of iron. It’s the largest of God’s creatures. The One who made it can destroy it as well. Truly the mountains make food for it, where all the animals of the field play. It lies under the lotus trees, hidden by the reeds, and the marshy waters. The trees cover it with their shade, the willows of the river all around it. See, if a river overflows, it isn’t scared. It’s confident, though the Jordan swells even to its mouth. Can anyone take it while it watches, when its nose breaks the traps?
Leviathan, the Sea Monster
41[1-7] Can you catch Leviathan (likely a plesiosaur-type dinosaur) with a fishhook, or drop a line down its throat? Can you put a ring into its nose, or pierce its jaw through with a hook? Will it beg you for mercy, or speak soft words to you? Will it make an agreement with you, that you should take it as a working animal forever? Will you play with it like a pet bird? Or will you tie it up for your girls? Will sales people buy it? Will they divide it among the people for a feast? Can you fill its hide with iron spears, or its head with fish spears?
[8-11] Lay your hand on it, remember the battle, and never do it again. See, the hope of catching it is useless. Won’t you be thrown down even at the sight of it? No one is so fierce that they dare stir it up. Who then can face me? Who has first given to me, that I should repay him? Everything under the heavens is mine.
[12 -17] I won’t be quiet about its great limbs, nor its strong strength, nor its beautiful shape. Who can strip off its outer hide? Who will come near its jaws? Who can open the jaws of its mouth filled with huge teeth? Its strong scales are its strength, so close together nothing could break its seal. One is so near to another, that no air can come between them. They’re joined to each other and stick together, so that they can’t be pulled apart.
[18-24] When it sneezes, it flashes out light. Its eyes are bright and shiny. Burning fire comes out of its mouth, with sparks of fire blowing out. Smoke comes out of its nostrils, like a boiling pot over a burning fire. Its breath starts the coals and a flame goes out of its mouth. It has a very strong neck, which scares anyone that sees it. The scales of its hide are joined together, so strongly, that they can’t be broken. Its heart is as hard as a rock, yes, harder than a very heavy stone.
[25 -29] When it raises itself up even the strongest are afraid. They retreat from its thrashing. If someone attacks it with a sword, it can’t kill it; nor a spear, a dart, or any pointed weapon. It breaks iron like straw; and brass like rotten wood. The arrow can’t make it run. Sling stones are like chaff to it. Clubs are like stubble. It laughs at the speeding spear.
[30-34] Its underside is covered in sharp scales, leaving behind a trail of them in the mud. It makes the deep sea boil like a pot and makes it like a foaming pot of ointment. It leaves a shining path in its wake. You’d think the sea was covered in frost. There is nothing as great as it on earth; its fearless. It sees everything and rules over all who think themselves great.”
Job Answers Yahweh
42[1-6] Then Job answered Yahweh, “I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be stopped. You asked, ‘Who is this who hides my counsel without knowledge?’ so I’ve said things I didn’t fully understand, things too wonderful for me, which I didn’t even know. You said, ‘Listen, now, and I’ll speak; I’ll question you, and you’ll answer me.’ I had heard of You by the spoken word, but now my eye sees You. So I hate myself, and will change my ways, covered in dust and ashes.”
[7-9] So after Yahweh had said these words to Job, Yahweh said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “I’m angry at you, and against your two friends because you haven’t said of Me what is right, as My worker has. So now, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, and go to my worker Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my worker will pray for you, and I’ll accept him, that I not deal with you according to your disgrace. For you haven’t said of me what is right, as my worker has.” So Eliphaz, the Temanite, Bildad, the Shuhite, and Zophar, the Naamathite went, and did what Yahweh told them, and Yahweh accepted Job’s prayer. Yahweh turned the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends. Yahweh gave Job twice as much as he had before.
[11-12] Then came all his family, and all those who had known him before, came and ate with him in his house. They comforted him, and consoled him about all the hard things that Yahweh had brought on him. Everyone gave him some money, and a ring of gold, also. So Yahweh blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning. He had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 pair of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys.
[13 -17 He had also seven sons and three daughters. He called the name of the first, Jemimah; and the name of the second Keziah; and the name of the third, Keren Happuch. There were no women found In all the land so beautiful as the daughters of Job. Their father gave them an inheritance among their brothers. After this lived 140 years, and saw his children, and his grandchildren, up to four generations. So Job died, being old and full of days.
- Job Chapters 1-10 (gofishministries.wordpress.com)