Psalm 104:26
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English Standard Version
There go the ships, and Leviathan, which you formed to play in it.

King James Bible
There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein.

American Standard Version
There go the ships; There is leviathan, whom thou hast formed to play therein.

Douay-Rheims Bible
There the ships shall go. This sea dragon which thou hast formed to play therein.

English Revised Version
There go the ships; there is leviathan, whom thou hast formed to take his pastime therein.

Webster's Bible Translation
There go the ships: there is that leviathan, which thou hast made to play therein.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The fifth decastich, in which the poet passes over from the third to the fourth day, shows that he has the order of the days of creation before his mind. The moon is mentioned first of all, because the poet wishes to make the picture of the day follow that of the night. He describes it in Psalm 104:19 as the calendarial principal star. מועדים are points and divisions of time (epochs), and the principal measurer of these for civil and ecclesiastical life is the moon (cf. Sir. 43:7, ἀπὸ σελήνης σημεῖον ἑορτῆς), just as the sun, knowing when he is to set, is the infallible measurer of the day. In Psalm 104:20 the description, which throughout is drawn in the presence of God in His honour, passes over into direct address: jussives (תּשׁת, ויהי) stand in the hypothetical protasis and in its apodosis (EW. 357, b). It depends upon God's willing only, and it is night, and the wakeful life of the wild beasts begins to be astir. The young lions then roar after their prey, and flagitaturi sunt a Deo cibum suum. The infinitive with Lamed is an elliptical expression of a conjugatio periphrastica (vid., on Habakkuk 1:17), and becomes a varying expression of the future in general in the later language in approximation to the Aramaic. The roar of the lions and their going forth in quest of prey is an asking of God which He Himself has implanted in their nature. With the rising of the sun the aspect of things becomes very different. שׁמשׁ is feminine here, where the poet drops the personification (cf. Psalm 19:1-14). The day which dawns with sunrise is the time for man. Both as to matter and style, Psalm 104:21 call to mind Job 24:5; Job 37:8; Job 38:40.

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there go

Psalm 107:23 They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;

Genesis 49:13 Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he shall be for an haven of ships; and his border shall be to Zidon.

leviathan

Psalm 74:14 You brake the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gave him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness.

Job 3:8 Let them curse it that curse the day, who are ready to raise up their mourning.

Job 41:1 Can you draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which you let down?

Isaiah 27:1 In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent...

made. Heb. formed
to play

Job 41:5,29 Will you play with him as with a bird? or will you bind him for your maidens...

Cross References
Job 40:20
For the mountains yield food for him where all the wild beasts play.

Job 41:1
"Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook or press down his tongue with a cord?

Psalm 74:14
You crushed the heads of Leviathan; you gave him as food for the creatures of the wilderness.

Psalm 107:23
Some went down to the sea in ships, doing business on the great waters;

Isaiah 27:1
In that day the LORD with his hard and great and strong sword will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan the twisting serpent, and he will slay the dragon that is in the sea.

Ezekiel 27:9
The elders of Gebal and her skilled men were in you, caulking your seams; all the ships of the sea with their mariners were in you to barter for your wares.

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