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15 Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.
15 But now look at the wild beasts with thee; they eat grass like oxen.
15 Behold, the behemoth, whom I created along with you, eats hay like an ox.
16 Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the stays of his body.
16 His strength is in his lower back, and his power is in the center of his abdomen.
16 Lo, his strength is in his loins, and his tail stands erect like a cedar tree.
17 He straineth his tail like a cedar; the sinews of his thighs are knit together.
17 He sets up his tail like a cypress; and his nerves are wrapped together.
17 The sinews of his thighs bulge out.
18 His bones are as pipes of brass; his gristles are like bars of iron.
18 His sides are sides of brass; and his backbone is as cast iron.
19 He is the beginning of the ways of God; He only that made him can make His sword to approach unto him.
19 This is the chief of the creation of the Lord; made to be played with by his angels.
19 He is the chief among God's creations; for he made him powerful to fight.
20 Surely the mountains bring him forth food, and all the beasts of the field play there.
20 And when he has gone up to a steep mountain, he causes joy to the quadrupeds in the deep.
20 He roams about the mountains, and all the wild beasts of the field lie down under his protection.
21 He lieth under the lotus-trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens.
21 He lies under trees of every kind, by the papyrus, and reed, and bulrush.
21 He sleeps in the shadows, under the cover of branches, and in moist places.
22 The lotus-trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about.
22 And the great trees make a shadow over him with their branches, and so do the bushes of the field.
22 The shadows cover his shadow; the willows of the brook will encircle him.
23 Behold, if a river overflow, he trembleth not; he is confident, though the Jordan rush forth to his mouth.
23 If there should be a flood, he will not perceive it; he trust that Jordan will rush up into his mouth.
23 Behold, he will drink a river and not be amazed, and he has confidence that the Jordan could flow into his mouth.
24 Shall any take him by his eyes, or pierce through his nose with a snare?
24 He will seize him through his eyes, as if with a hook, and he will bore through his nostrils, as if with stakes.
24 Can one take him with a hook, or catch him with a net? Can one snare him in a trap, or can one bind his tongue with a rope?