GOD'S WORD® Translation
1"Can you pull Leviathan out [of the water] with a fishhook or tie its tongue down with a rope?
2Can you put a ring through its nose or pierce its jaw with a hook?
3Will it plead with you for mercy or speak tenderly to you?
4Will it make an agreement with you so that you can take it as your permanent slave?
5Can you play with it like a bird or keep it on a leash for your girls?
6Will traders bargain over it and divide it among the merchants?
7Can you fill its hide with harpoons or its head with fishing spears?
8Lay your hand on it. Think of the struggle! Don't do it again!
9Certainly, any hope [of defeating it] is a false hope. Doesn't the sight of it overwhelm you?
10No one is brave enough to provoke Leviathan. Then who can stand in front of me?
11Who can confront me that I should repay him? Everything under heaven belongs to me!
12"I will not be silent about Leviathan's limbs, its strength, or its graceful form.
13Who can skin its hide? Who can approach it with a harness?
14Who can open its closed mouth? Its teeth are surrounded by terror.
15Its back has rows of scales that are tightly sealed.
16One is so close to the other that there is no space between them.
17Each is joined to the other. They are locked together and inseparable.
18When Leviathan sneezes, it gives out a flash of light. Its eyes are like the first rays of the dawn.
19Flames shoot from its mouth. Sparks of fire fly from it.
20Smoke comes from its nostrils like a boiling pot heated over brushwood.
21Its breath sets coals on fire, and a flame pours from its mouth.
22Strength resides in its neck, and power dances in front of it.
23The folds of its flesh stick to each other. They are solid and cannot be moved.
24Its chest is solid like a rock, solid like a millstone.
25"The mighty are afraid when Leviathan rises. Broken down, they draw back.
26A sword may strike it but not pierce it. Neither will a spear, lance, or dart.
27It considers iron to be like straw and bronze to be like rotten wood.
28An arrow won't make it run away. Stones from a sling turn to dust against it.
29It considers clubs to be like stubble, and it laughs at a rattling javelin.
30Its underside is like sharp pieces of broken pottery. It stretches out like a threshing sledge on the mud.
31It makes the deep sea boil like a pot. It stirs up the ocean like a boiling kettle.
32It leaves a shining path behind it so that the sea appears to have silvery hair.
33Nothing on land can compare to it. It was made fearless.
34It looks down on all high things. It is king of everyone who is arrogant."