Job has learned to be silent in the presence of God. Out of a whirlwind, the LORD continues to answer Job.
VERSE 1. Moreover the LORD answered Job,
VERSE 2. “Shall he who argues contend with the Almighty? He who argues with God, let him answer it.”
He who argues with God. That is, Job.
VERSE 3. Then Job answered the LORD,
Job answered. This is the first time Job has spoken since the LORD God began talking.
VERSE 4. “Behold, I am of small account. What shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth.
I lay my hand on my mouth. Job has learned to be silent in the presence of God.
For many people, there comes a time where God leads us away from spoken prayer and meditative prayer and into silence, like Job.
This is the shift to contemplative prayer.
Are you are finding spoken prayer or meditative prayer to be unproductive? Has your private prayer time become drudgery?
If so, this may be God’s way of calling you to contemplative prayer.
VERSE 5. I have spoken once, and I will not answer; Yes, twice, but I will proceed no further.”
VERSE 6. Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind,
out of the whirlwind. Sometimes when we are in a frightening situation is when we are especially receptive to hearing the LORD God.
VERSE 7. “Now brace yourself like a man. I will question you, and you will answer me.
VERSE 8. Will you even annul my judgment? Will you condemn me, that you may be justified?
VERSE 9. Or do you have an arm like God? Can you thunder with a voice like him?
VERSE 10. “Now deck yourself with excellency and dignity. Array yourself with honor and majesty.
VERSE 11. Pour out the fury of your anger. Look at everyone who is proud, and bring him low.
VERSE 12. Look at everyone who is proud, and humble him. Crush the wicked in their place.
VERSE 13. Hide them in the dust together. Bind their faces in the hidden place.
VERSE 14. Then I will also admit to you that your own right hand can save you.
VERSE 15. “See now, behemoth, which I made as well as you. He eats grass as an ox.
behemoth. Some translations use the word “Leviathan.”
VERSE 16. Look now, his strength is in his thighs. His force is in the muscles of his belly.
VERSE 17. He moves his tail like a cedar. The sinews of his thighs are knit together.
VERSE 18. His bones are like tubes of bronze. His limbs are like bars of iron.
VERSE 19. He is the chief of the ways of God. He who made him gives him his sword.
VERSE 20. Surely the mountains produce food for him, where all the animals of the field play.
VERSE 21. He lies under the lotus trees, in the covert of the reed, and the marsh.
VERSE 22. The lotuses cover him with their shade. The willows of the brook surround him.
VERSE 23. Behold, if a river overflows, he doesn’t tremble. He is confident, though the Jordan swells even to his mouth.
VERSE 24. Shall any take him when he is on the watch, or pierce through his nose with a snare?
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