Job 41:1
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English Standard Version
“Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook or press down his tongue with a cord?

King James Bible
Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?

American Standard Version
Canst thou draw out leviathan with a fishhook? Or press down his tongue with a cord?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Canst thou draw out the leviathan with a hook, or canst thou tie his tongue with a cord?

English Revised Version
Canst thou draw out leviathan with a fish hook? or press down his tongue with a cord?

Webster's Bible Translation
Canst thou draw out leviathan with a hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

19 He is the firstling of the ways of God;

He, his Maker, reached to him his sword.

20 For the mountains bring forth food for him,

And all the beasts of the field play beside him.

21 Under the lote-trees he lieth down,

In covert of reeds and marsh.

22 Lote-trees cover him as shade,

The willows of the brook encompass him.

23 Behold, if the stream is strong, he doth not quake;

He remaineth cheerful, if a Jordan breaketh forth upon his mouth.

24 Just catch him while he is looking,

With snares let one pierce his nose!

God's ways is the name given to God's operations as the Creator of the world in Job 40:19 (comp. Job 26:14, where His acts as the Ruler of the world are included); and the firstling of these ways is called the Behmth, not as one of the first in point of time, but one of the hugest creatures, un chef-d'oeuvre de Dieu (Bochart); ראשׁית not as Proverbs 8:22; Numbers 24:20, of the priority of time, but as Amos 6:1, Amos 6:6, of rank. The art. in העשׁו is, without the pronominal suff. being meant as an accusative (Ew. 290, d), equal to a demonstrative pronoun (comp. Ges. 109, init): this its Creator (but so that "this" does not refer back so much as forwards). It is not meant that He reached His sword to behmoth, but (on which account לו is intentionally wanting) that He brought forth, i.e., created, its (behmoth's) peculiar sword, viz., the gigantic incisors ranged opposite one another, with which it grazes upon the meadow as with a sickle: ἀρούρῃσιν κακὴν ἐπιβάλλεται ἅρπην (Nicander, Theriac. 566), ἅρπη is exactly the sickle-shaped Egyptian sword (harpu equals חרב). Vegetable food (to which its teeth are adapted) is appointed to the behmoth: "for the mountains produce food for him;" it is the herbage of the hills (which is scanty in the lower and more abundant in the upper valley of the Nile) that is intended, after which this uncouth animal climbs (vid., Schlottm.). בּוּל is neither a contraction of יבוּל (Ges.), nor a corruption of it (Ew.), but Hebraeo-Arab. equals baul, produce, from bâla, to beget, comp. aballa, to bear fruit (prop. seed, bulal), root בל, to soak, wet, mix.

(Note: Whether בּליל, Job 6:5; Job 24:6, signifies mixed provender (farrago), or perhaps ripe fruit, i.e., grain, so that jabol, Judges 19:21, in the signification "he gave dry provender consisting of barley-grain," would be the opposite of the jahushsh (יחשׁ) of the present day, "he gives green provender consisting of green grass or green barley, hashı̂sh," as Wetzst. supposes, vid., on Isaiah 30:24.)

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

leviathan. that is, a whale, or a whirlpool

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

*marg:

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

Psalm 104:26 There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom you have made to play therein.

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

lettest down. Heb. drownest

Cross References
Job 3:8
Let those curse it who curse the day, who are ready to rouse up Leviathan.

Job 40:24
Can one take him by his eyes, or pierce his nose with a snare?

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

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

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.

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