Job 41:5
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New International Version
Can you make a pet of it like a bird or put it on a leash for the young women in your house?

New Living Translation
Can you make it a pet like a bird, or give it to your little girls to play with?

English Standard Version
Will you play with him as with a bird, or will you put him on a leash for your girls?

Berean Study Bible
Can you pet him like a bird or put him on a leash for your maidens?

New American Standard Bible
"Will you play with him as with a bird, Or will you bind him for your maidens?

King James Bible
Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?

Christian Standard Bible
Can you play with him like a bird or put him on a leash for your girls?

Contemporary English Version
Can it be tied by the leg like a pet bird for little girls?

Good News Translation
Will you tie him like a pet bird, like something to amuse your servant women?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Can you play with him like a bird or put him on a leash for your girls?

International Standard Version
"Will you play with him like a pet bird? Will you put a leash on him for your little girls?

NET Bible
Can you play with it, like a bird, or tie it on a leash for your girls?

New Heart English Bible
Will you play with him as with a bird? Or will you bind him for your girls?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Can you play with it like a bird or keep it on a leash for your girls?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? Or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?

New American Standard 1977
“Will you play with him as with a bird? Or will you bind him for your maidens?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Wilt thou play with him as with a bird, or wilt thou tie him up for thy maidens?

King James 2000 Bible
Will you play with him as with a bird? or will you leash him for your maidens?

American King James Version
Will you play with him as with a bird? or will you bind him for your maidens?

American Standard Version
Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? Or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Shalt thou play with him as with a bird, or tie him up for thy handmaids?

Darby Bible Translation
Wilt thou play with him as with a bird, and wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?

English Revised Version
Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?

Webster's Bible Translation
Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?

World English Bible
Will you play with him as with a bird? Or will you bind him for your girls?

Young's Literal Translation
Dost thou play with him as a bird? And dost thou bind him for thy damsels?
Study Bible
God's Power Shown in Leviathan
4Will he make a covenant with you to take him as a slave for life? 5Can you pet him like a bird or put him on a leash for your maidens? 6Will traders barter for him or divide him among the merchants?…
Cross References
Job 41:4
Will he make a covenant with you to take him as a slave for life?

Job 41:6
Will traders barter for him or divide him among the merchants?

Treasury of Scripture

Will you play with him as with a bird? or will you bind him for your maidens?

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Judges 16:25-30 And it came to pass, when their hearts were merry, that they said, …

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Job 28:11 He binds the floods from overflowing; and the thing that is hid brings …







Verse 5. - Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? The Egyptians were especially fond of pet animals, and Job's countrymen, it may be assumed, were the same. Besides dogs, we find the Egyptians keeping tame antelopes, leopards, and monkeys. A tame crocodile would certainly seem to be an extraordinary pet, but Herodotus says that the Egyptians tamed them (2:39), and Sir Gardner Wilkinson informed me that he had known some tame ones at Cairo. The Mesopotamian Arabs domesticate falcons to assist them in the chase of the bustard and the gazelle (Layard, 'Nineveh and Babylon,' pp. 481-483). And this usage, though not represented on the Assyrian monuments, is likely to have been ancient. Or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens? i.e. Wilt thou so secure him that he may be delivered over to thy handmaidens, to be made their pet and playfellow? Wilt thou play with him as with a bird?.... In the hand or cage: leviathan plays in the sea, but there is no playing with him by land, Psalm 104:26;

or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens? or young girls, as Mr. Broughton renders it; tie him in a string, as birds are for children to play with? Now, though crocodiles are very pernicious to children, and often make a prey of them when they approach too near the banks of the Nile, or whenever they have an opportunity of seizing them (k); yet there is an instance of the child of an Egyptian woman that was brought up with one, and used to play with it (l), though, when grown up, was killed by it; but no such instance can be given of the whale of any sort.

(k) Aelian. l. 10. c. 21. (l) Maxim. Tyr. Sermon. 38. 5. a bird?—that is, tamed.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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