English Standard Version
Out of his nostrils comes forth smoke, as from a boiling pot and burning rushes.
King James Bible
Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron.
American Standard Version
Out of his nostrils a smoke goeth, As of a boiling pot and burning rushes.
Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, like that of a pot heated and boiling.
English Revised Version
Out of his nostrils a smoke goeth, as of a seething pot and burning rushes.
Webster's Bible Translation
Out of his nostrils issueth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron.
Job 41:20 Parallel
CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
12 I will not keep silence about his members,
The proportion of his power and the comeliness of his structure.
13 Who could raise the front of his coat of mail?
Into his double teeth-who cometh therein?
14 The doors of his face-who openeth them?
Round about his teeth is terror.
The Ker לו authorized by the Masora assumes an interrogative rendering: as to it, should I be silent about its members (לו at the head of the clause, as Leviticus 7:7-9; Isaiah 9:2), - what perhaps might appear more poetic to many. החרישׁ (once, Job 11:3, to cause to keep silence) here, as usually: to be silent. בּדּיו, as Job 18:13. דּבר signifies the relation of the matter, a matter of fact, as דּברי, facts, Psalm 65:4; Psalm 105:27; Psalm 145:5. חין (compared by Ew. with הין, a measure) signifies grace, χάρις (as synon. חסד), here delicate regularity, and is made easy of pronunciation from חנן, just as the more usual חן; the language has avoided the form חנן, as observed above. לבוּשׁ . clothing, we have translated "coat of mail," which the Arab. libâs usually signifies; פּני לבוּשׁו is not its face's covering (Schlottm.), which ought to be לבוּשׁ פּניו; but פּני is the upper or front side turned to the observer (comp. Isaiah 25:7), as Arab. wjh, (wag'h), si rem desuper spectes, summa ejus pars, si ex adverso, prima (Fleischer, Glossae, i. 57). That which is the "doubled of its mouth" (רסן, prop. a bit in the mouth, then the mouth itself) is its upper and lower jaws armed with powerful teeth. The "doors of the face" are the jaws; the jaws are divided back to the ears, the teeth are not covered by lips; the impression of the teeth is therefore the more terrible, which the substantival clause, Job 41:14 (comp. Job 39:20), affirms. שׁנּיו gen. subjecti: the circle, ἓρκος, which is formed by its teeth (Hahn).
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Out of his mouth go flaming torches; sparks of fire leap forth.
His breath kindles coals, and a flame comes forth from his mouth.
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