Job 40
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1  Hashem said in reply to Iyov.

א  וַיַּעַן יְהֹוָה אֶת־אִיּוֹב וַיֹּאמַר׃

2  Shall one who should be disciplined complain against Shaddai? He who arraigns Hashem must respond.

ב  הֲרֹב עִם־שַׁדַּי יִסּוֹר מוֹכִיחַ אֱלוֹהַּ יַעֲנֶנָּה׃

3  Iyov said in reply to Hashem:

ג  וַיַּעַן אִיּוֹב אֶת־יְהֹוָה וַיֹּאמַר׃

4  See, I am of small worth; what can I answer You? I clap my hand to my mouth.

ד  הֵן קַלֹּתִי מָה אֲשִׁיבֶךָּ יָדִי שַׂמְתִּי לְמוֹ־פִי׃

5  I have spoken once, and will not reply; Twice, and will do so no more.

ה  אַחַת דִּבַּרְתִּי וְלֹא אֶעֱנֶה וּשְׁתַּיִם וְלֹא אוֹסִיף׃

6  Then Hashem replied to Iyov out of the tempest and said:

ו  וַיַּעַן־יְהֹוָה אֶת־אִיּוֹב מנ סערה [מִן ] [סְעָרָה] וַיֹּאמַר׃

7  Gird your loins like a man; I will ask, and you will inform Me.

ז  אֱזָר־נָא כְגֶבֶר חֲלָצֶיךָ אֶשְׁאָלְךָ וְהוֹדִיעֵנִי׃

8  Would you impugn My justice? Would you condemn Me that you may be right?

ha-AF ta-FAYR mish-pa-TEE tar-shee-AY-nee l’-MA-an titz-DAK

ח  הַאַף תָּפֵר מִשְׁפָּטִי תַּרְשִׁיעֵנִי לְמַעַן תִּצְדָּק׃

9  Have you an arm like Hashem‘s? Can you thunder with a voice like His?

ט  וְאִם־זְרוֹעַ כָּאֵל לָךְ וּבְקוֹל כָּמֹהוּ תַרְעֵם׃

10  Deck yourself now with grandeur and eminence; Clothe yourself in glory and majesty.

י  עֲדֵה נָא גָאוֹן וָגֹבַהּ וְהוֹד וְהָדָר תִּלְבָּשׁ׃

11  Scatter wide your raging anger; See every proud man and bring him low.

יא  הָפֵץ עֶבְרוֹת אַפֶּךָ וּרְאֵה כָל־גֵּאֶה וְהַשְׁפִּילֵהוּ׃

12  See every proud man and humble him, And bring them down where they stand.

יב  רְאֵה כָל־גֵּאֶה הַכְנִיעֵהוּ וַהֲדֹךְ רְשָׁעִים תַּחְתָּם׃

13  Bury them all in the earth; Hide their faces in obscurity.

יג  טָמְנֵם בֶּעָפָר יָחַד פְּנֵיהֶם חֲבֹשׁ בַּטָּמוּן׃

14  Then even I would praise you For the triumph your right hand won you.

יד  וְגַם־אֲנִי אוֹדֶךָּ כִּי־תוֹשִׁעַ לְךָ יְמִינֶךָ׃

15  Take now behemoth, whom I made as I did you; He eats grass, like the cattle.

טו  הִנֵּה־נָא בְהֵמוֹת אֲשֶׁר־עָשִׂיתִי עִמָּךְ חָצִיר כַּבָּקָר יֹאכֵל׃

16  His strength is in his loins, His might in the muscles of his belly.

טז  הִנֵּה־נָא כֹחוֹ בְמָתְנָיו וְאֹנוֹ בִּשְׁרִירֵי בִטְנוֹ׃

17  He makes his tail stand up like a cedar; The sinews of his thighs are knit together.

יז  יַחְפֹּץ זְנָבוֹ כְמוֹ־אָרֶז גִּידֵי פחדו [פַחֲדָיו] יְשֹׂרָגוּ׃

18  His bones are like tubes of bronze, His limbs like iron rods.

יח  עֲצָמָיו אֲפִיקֵי נְחוּשָׁה גְּרָמָיו כִּמְטִיל בַּרְזֶל׃

19  He is the first of Hashem‘s works; Only his Maker can draw the sword against him.

יט  הוּא רֵאשִׁית דַּרְכֵי־אֵל הָעֹשׂוֹ יַגֵּשׁ חַרְבּוֹ׃

20  The mountains yield him produce, Where all the beasts of the field play.

כ  כִּי־בוּל הָרִים יִשְׂאוּ־לוֹ וְכָל־חַיַּת הַשָּׂדֶה יְשַׂחֲקוּ־שָׁם׃

21  He lies down beneath the lotuses, In the cover of the swamp reeds.

כא  תַּחַת־צֶאֱלִים יִשְׁכָּב בְּסֵתֶר קָנֶה וּבִצָּה׃

22  The lotuses embower him with shade; The willows of the brook surround him.

כב  יְסֻכֻּהוּ צֶאֱלִים צִלֲלוֹ יְסֻבּוּהוּ עַרְבֵי־נָחַל׃

23  He can restrain the river from its rushing; He is confident the stream will gush at his command.

כג  הֵן יַעֲשֹׁק נָהָר לֹא יַחְפּוֹז יִבְטַח כִּי־יָגִיחַ יַרְדֵּן אֶל־פִּיהוּ׃

24  Can he be taken by his eyes? Can his nose be pierced by hooks?

כד  בְּעֵינָיו יִקָּחֶנּוּ בְּמוֹקְשִׁים יִנְקָב־אָף׃

25  Can you draw out Leviathan by a fishhook? Can you press down his tongue by a rope?

כה  תִּמְשֹׁךְ לִוְיָתָן בְּחַכָּה וּבְחֶבֶל תַּשְׁקִיעַ לְשֹׁנוֹ׃

26  Can you put a ring through his nose, Or pierce his jaw with a barb?

כו  הֲתָשִׂים אַגְמוֹן בְּאַפּוֹ וּבְחוֹחַ תִּקּוֹב לֶחֱיוֹ׃

27  Will he plead with you at length? Will he speak soft words to you?

כז  הֲיַרְבֶּה אֵלֶיךָ תַּחֲנוּנִים אִם־יְדַבֵּר אֵלֶיךָ רַכּוֹת׃

28  Will he make an agreement with you To be taken as your lifelong slave?

כח  הֲיִכְרֹת בְּרִית עִמָּךְ תִּקָּחֶנּוּ לְעֶבֶד עוֹלָם׃

29  Will you play with him like a bird, And tie him down for your girls?

כט  הַתְשַׂחֶק־בּוֹ כַּצִּפּוֹר וְתִקְשְׁרֶנּוּ לְנַעֲרוֹתֶיךָ׃

30  Shall traders traffic in him? Will he be divided up among merchants?

ל  יִכְרוּ עָלָיו חַבָּרִים יֶחֱצוּהוּ בֵּין כְּנַעֲנִים׃

31  Can you fill his skin with darts Or his head with fish-spears?

לא  הַתְמַלֵּא בְשֻׂכּוֹת עוֹרוֹ וּבְצִלְצַל דָּגִים רֹאשׁוֹ׃

32  Lay a hand on him, And you will never think of battle again.

לב  שִׂים־עָלָיו כַּפֶּךָ זְכֹר מִלְחָמָה אַל־תּוֹסַף׃

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