Job 41

Of God's great power in the leviathan.

1Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?
leviathan: probably an extinct animal of some kind
which...: Heb. which thou drownest?
2Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn? 3Will he make many supplications to thee? will he speak soft words to thee? 4Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever? 5Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens? 6Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants? 7Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears? 8Lay thy hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more. 9Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him? 10None is so fierce that he dare rouse him: who then is able to stand before me?

11Who hath given to me, that I should repay him? whatever is under the whole heaven is mine. 12I will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his comely proportion. 13Who can uncover the face of his garment? or who can come to him with his double bridle?
with: or, within
14Who can open the doors of his face? Around his teeth there is terror. 15His scales are his pride, shut together as with a close seal.
scales: Heb. strong pieces of shields
16One is so near to another, that no air can come between them. 17They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered. 18His sneezes flash light, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning. 19Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire dart forth. 20Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a boiling pot or caldron. 21His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth. 22In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him.
is turned into joy: Heb. rejoiceth
23The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved.
flakes: Heb. fallings
24His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the lower millstone . 25When he raiseth himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of the crashing they purify themselves. 26The sword of him that overtaketh him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the javelin.
habergeon: or, breastplate
27He esteemeth iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood. 28The arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones are turned with him into stubble. 29Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear. 30Sharp stones are under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire.
Sharp stones: Heb. Sharp pieces of potsherd
31He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment. 32He maketh a path to shine after him; one would think the deep to be hoary. 33Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear.
is made without fear: or, behave themselves without fear
34He beholdeth all high things : he is a king over all the children of pride.

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