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Job 40

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 1 Moreover, the LORD said to Job,

 2 "Shall he who contends with the Almighty instruct Him? He who reproves God, let him answer it."

 3 Then Job answered the LORD, and said,

 4 "Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer you? I will lay my hand upon my mouth.

 5 I have spoken once; but I will not answer; yes, twice now, but I will proceed no further."

 6 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,

 7 "Gird up your loins now like a man. I will demand of you, and you shall answer me.

 8 Will you also reverse my judgment? Will you condemn me, so that you may be righteous?

 9 Do you have an arm like God? Or can you thunder with a voice like Him?

 10 Deck yourself now with majesty and excellence; and array yourself with glory and beauty.

 11 Put forth the fury of your wrath; and behold everyone who is proud, and abase him.

 12 Look on everyone who is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.

 13 Hide them in the dust together; and bind their faces in secret.1

 14 Then I will also confess to you that your own right hand can save you.

 15 Behold now the hippopotamus, which I made along with you; he eats grass like an ox.

 16 Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly.

 17 He moves his tail like a cedar; the sinews of his thighs are strapped together.

 18 His bones are like strong pieces of bronze; his limbs are like bars of iron.

 19 He is the strongest of the works of God; only He who made him can approach his sword-like tusks.

 20 Surely the mountains bring him food, where all the beasts of the field play.

 21 He lies under the shady trees, in the covert of the reeds in the marsh.

 22 The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about.

 23 Behold, he drinks up a river without haste; he trusts that he can draw up the whole Jordan into his mouth.

 24 Can he be captured while on watch; or can his nose be pierced?


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1 Put forth the fury of your wrath; and behold everyone who is proud, and abase him.
Look on everyone who is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.
Hide them in the dust together; and bind their faces in secret.
These verses have always been a wonder to me. God creates men, giving them the freedom to choose selfishly or to choose to seek him. The vast majority choose their selfish way, becoming wicked and proud. The men rise to prominence in their fields. They glory in their accomplishments, their strength, their sex appeal, their beauty, their power — and then old age beckons; they are humbled by the deterioration of old age, in pain, in wheel chairs, lying in beds like babies soiling their diapers. Whatever beauty they had withers in front of their eyes. So the lofty proud man and woman is reduced to nothingness, before they pass on to judgment. And then in judgment God does not have to deal with so much of their vanity and pride. Think how brilliant the whole process is.

Furthermore, when men die, they are hidden from the view of the living; so each generation continues to have free will without coercion. There are billions of dead men on the earth, but we don't see them or even see the reminders of them. They have turned to dust, hidden in the earth. Brilliance!

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