Chapter 40. Will the one who had a case to set before the Almighty now speak to put the Almighty to right,? Job answers in repentance. I have nothing to say for I am unworthy to speak. The Lord continues.; Why do you discredit my justice? Why do you justify yourself by condemning me? If you put on your legal robes would your splendour match mine? Is your arm as strong as mine? Is your voice as powerful as mine? Let’s see your might and fury to bring the proud low, crush the wicked and bring them to the dust. If you can then I will believe that you have enough power to save yourself. Have you ever taken a good look at Behomoth.? He feeds on grass. He has great strength in his loins, and great power in the muscles of his stomach. His thighs are like tree trunks, and his sinews tight; bones like brass and limbs like iron. He is the greatest of all God’s creatures, yet God can approach him. He gets his food from the hills as wild animals play nearby. He lies hidden by the stream, among the lotuses and poplars If the River Jordan floods he is not alarmed Who can capture him? Who could trap him in a net by the nose?
Chapter 41. And what about Leviathan? Could you catch him as easily as you catch a fish, as God could. He is not likely to bow to your power. If you ever tried to enslave him, would you ever get him to have to ask you for mercy, or even to settle for a draw.? Could you turn him into a pet for young girls to play with? It takes you all your time to tame puppies or catch fish. If you managed to fill him with harpoons you couldn’t catch him. If you took him on you would definitely regret it. You would have no chance of beating him. Even the sight of him is too much for you. With all your ferocity you couldn’t even get him to stir, so how do you think you might stir me.? Who would think that I owe him anything, that I should have to give account for my actions with words. Take a look at the physique of this great mammoth. Who could bridle his mouth, or even dare to open his mouth with all those giant teeth.? His back is of shields tightly sealed together. He sneezes out fire and light from his mouth and nostrils. With his breath he can set coal alight His chest is as hard as granite. The mighty are terrified by the swashing of his tail. A sword is useless against him He swallows spears and javelins with contempt. Hitting him with a club is like stroking him with a straw. When he moves he leaves a trail like a ploughed field. When he splashes into the sea , the sea looks like a boiling cauldron. He stirs the sea like you stir porridge. His wake makes the sea as though it had white hair. Nothing on earth can match his power and majesty. He looks down on all, totally unaffected by anything that man does. His sovereignty is undeniable. No matter how proud and mighty man may make himself, he still has to bow to the superiority of this great monster, of my creation.
Chapter 42. Job’s final reply; I know Lord that you are just the same. So powerful and mighty that you can do anything you wish to do. I had no right to even question your ways or expect you to regard my complaints. Truly I spoke foolishly and out of turn. You have confronted me as I asked and I have seen you as I asked, but you are so great that what I have seen has reduced me to nothing. I am sorry for the way I spoke and regret not having just kept silent, as true faith and humility would act. I am reduced to nothing and repent in dust and ashes. (Have your own way, Lord.)
Epilogue. Finally the Lord addressed his anger towards Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar, for not speaking the truth concerning Himself as Job had done. They were told to go to Job and there offer sacrifices of seven bulls and seven rams for themselves, and that Job would pray for them. Job’s prayer was accepted by the Lord. ( a change of attitude for Job towards his friends) Later Job’s prosperity was returned to Him., twice as much as he had before. All his relatives came to eat at his house and each one gave him a sum of money and a gold ring. His later years were blessed more than the first. He had fourteen thousand sheep and six thousand camels, two thousand oxen and a thousand donkeys He had a further three daughters and seven sons The daughters were called Jemimah, Keziah and Keren. They were the best looking girls in the country, and though it was usual for only the sons to get an inheritance, Job granted them one as well. Scripture says that Job lived on another 140 years and saw his children through four generations, and then... surprise! surprise! . he died.