Job 41:30
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New International Version
Its undersides are jagged potsherds, leaving a trail in the mud like a threshing sledge.

New Living Translation
Its belly is covered with scales as sharp as glass. It plows up the ground as it drags through the mud.

English Standard Version
His underparts are like sharp potsherds; he spreads himself like a threshing sledge on the mire.

New American Standard Bible
"His underparts are like sharp potsherds; He spreads out like a threshing sledge on the mire.

King James Bible
Sharp stones are under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
His undersides are jagged potsherds, spreading the mud like a threshing sledge.

International Standard Version
"Beneath him he is armored as with sharp potsherds; he tears through muddy ground like a threshing sledge through grain.

NET Bible
Its underparts are the sharp points of potsherds, it leaves its mark in the mud like a threshing sledge.

New Heart English Bible
His undersides are like sharp potsherds, leaving a trail in the mud like a threshing sledge.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Its underside is like sharp pieces of broken pottery. It stretches out like a threshing sledge on the mud.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Sharpest potsherds are under him; He spreadeth a threshing-sledge upon the mire.

New American Standard 1977
“His underparts are like sharp potsherds;
            He spreads out like a threshing sledge on the mire.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Broken clay vessels are under him; he carves his imprint upon the mire.

King James 2000 Bible
His undersides are like sharp stones: he spreads sharp pointed marks upon the mire.

American King James Version
Sharp stones are under him: he spreads sharp pointed things on the mire.

American Standard Version
His underparts are like'sharp potsherds: He spreadeth as it were a threshing-wain upon the mire.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The beams of the sun shall be under him, and he shall strew gold under him like mire.

Darby Bible Translation
His under parts are sharp potsherds: he spreadeth a threshing-sledge upon the mire.

English Revised Version
His underparts are like sharp potsherds: he spreadeth as it were a threshing wain upon the mire.

Webster's Bible Translation
Sharp stones are under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire.

World English Bible
His undersides are like sharp potsherds, leaving a trail in the mud like a threshing sledge.

Young's Literal Translation
Under him are sharp points of clay, He spreadeth gold on the mire.
Study Bible
God's Power Shown in Creatures
29"Clubs are regarded as stubble; He laughs at the rattling of the javelin. 30"His underparts are like sharp potsherds; He spreads out like a threshing sledge on the mire. 31"He makes the depths boil like a pot; He makes the sea like a jar of ointment.…
Cross References
Job 41:29
"Clubs are regarded as stubble; He laughs at the rattling of the javelin.

Job 41:31
"He makes the depths boil like a pot; He makes the sea like a jar of ointment.

Isaiah 41:15
"Behold, I have made you a new, sharp threshing sledge with double edges; You will thresh the mountains and pulverize them, And will make the hills like chaff.
Treasury of Scripture

Sharp stones are under him: he spreads sharp pointed things on the mire.

Sharp stones. Heb. Sharp pieces of potsherd. he (So hard and impenetrable are his scales, that splinters of flint are the same to him as the softest reeds.)

(30) He spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire.--Some render, "He spreadeth, as it were, a threshing-wain upon the mire." The statement is, that he not only can lie without inconvenience upon sharp-pointed things, but his own body presents a sharp surface to the mud he lies on.

Verse 30. - Sharp stones are under him; rather, jagged potsherds are under him; i.e. "his belly is covered with jagged scales" - a thing which is true of the crocodile, but scarcely of any other beast. He spreadeth sharp pointed things (rather, a threshing-wain, or a corn-drag) upon the mire. He leaves on the mud on which he has lain, i.e. an impression as of an Oriental threshing-wain, or corn-drag, which is "a thick plank of timber, stuck full on the under side, of flints or hard cutting stones arranged in the form of the palate or rough tongue of a cow" (Sir C. Fellows, 'Asia Minor,' p. 70). The mud-banks on which crocodiles have been lying are said to be scored all over with such impressions. Sharp stones are under him,.... And yet give him no pain nor uneasiness;

he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire; and makes his bed of them and lies upon them; as sharp stones, as before, shells of fishes, broken pieces of darts, arrows, and javelins thrown at him, which fall around him: this does not so well agree with the crocodile, the skin of whose belly is soft and thin; wherefore dolphins plunge under it and cut it with a thorn, as Pliny (h) relates, or with spiny fins (i); but with the whale, which lies among hard rocks and sharp stones, and large cutting pieces of ice, as in the northern seas.

(h) Nat. Hist. l. 8. c. 25. (i) Sandys's Travels, l. 2. p. 78. 30. stones—rather, "potsherds," that is, the sharp and pointed scales on the belly, like broken pieces of pottery.

sharp-pointed things—rather, "a threshing instrument," but not on the fruits of the earth, but "on the mire"; irony. When he lies on the mire, he leaves the marks of his scales so imprinted on it, that one might fancy a threshing instrument with its sharp teeth had been drawn over it (Isa 28:27).41:1-34 Concerning Leviathan. - The description of the Leviathan, is yet further to convince Job of his own weakness, and of God's almighty power. Whether this Leviathan be a whale or a crocodile, is disputed. The Lord, having showed Job how unable he was to deal with the Leviathan, sets forth his own power in that mighty creature. If such language describes the terrible force of Leviathan, what words can express the power of God's wrath? Under a humbling sense of our own vileness, let us revere the Divine Majesty; take and fill our allotted place, cease from our own wisdom, and give all glory to our gracious God and Saviour. Remembering from whom every good gift cometh, and for what end it was given, let us walk humbly with the Lord.
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