1The LORD then said to Job: 2Will we have arguing with the Almighty by the critic? Let him who would correct God give answer! i Jb 38, 3 . 3Then Job answered the LORD and said: 4Behold, I am of little account; what can I answer you? I put my hand over my mouth. 5Though I have spoken once, I will not do so again; though twice, I will do so no more. 6Then the LORD addressed Job out of the storm and said: 7Gird up your loins now, like a man. I will question you, and you tell me the answers! 8Would you refuse to acknowledge my right? Would you condemn me that you may be justified? 9Have you an arm like that of God, or can you thunder with a voice like his? 10Adorn yourself with grandeur and majesty, and array yourself with glory and splendor. 11Let loose the fury of your wrath; 12tear down the wicked and shatter them. Bring down the haughty with a glance; 13bury them in the dust together; in the hidden world imprison them. 14Then will I too acknowledge that your own right hand can save you. 15See, besides you I made Behemoth,* that feeds on grass like an ox. 16Behold the strength in his loins, and his vigor in the sinews of his belly. 17He carries his tail like a cedar; the sinews of his thighs are like cables. 18His bones are like tubes of bronze; his frame is like iron rods. 19He came at the beginning of God's ways, and was made the taskmaster of his fellows; 20For the produce of the mountains is brought to him, and of all wild animals he makes sport. 21Under the lotus trees he lies, in coverts of the reedy swamp. 22The lotus trees cover him with their shade; all about him are the poplars on the bank. 23If the river grows violent, he is not disturbed; he is tranquil though the torrent surges about his mouth. 24Who can capture him by his eyes, or pierce his nose* with a trap? 25Can you lead about Leviathan* with a hook, or curb his tongue with a bit? 26Can you put a rope into his nose, or pierce through his cheek with a gaff? 27Will he then plead with you, time after time, or address you with tender words? 28Will he make an agreement with you that you may have him as a slave forever? 29Can you play with him, as with a bird? Can you put him in leash for your maidens? 30Will the traders bargain for him? Will the merchants* divide him up? 31Can you fill his hide with barbs, or his head with fish spears? 32Once you but lay a hand upon him, no need to recall any other conflict!