Job 41:2
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New International Version
Can you put a cord through its nose or pierce its jaw with a hook?

New Living Translation
Can you tie it with a rope through the nose or pierce its jaw with a spike?

English Standard Version
Can you put a rope in his nose or pierce his jaw with a hook?

Berean Study Bible
Can you put a cord through his nose or pierce his jaw with a hook?

New American Standard Bible
"Can you put a rope in his nose Or pierce his jaw with a hook?

King James Bible
Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?

Christian Standard Bible
Can you put a cord through his nose or pierce his jaw with a hook?

Contemporary English Version
Can it be led around by a ring in its nose or a hook in its jaw?

Good News Translation
Can you put a rope through his snout or put a hook through his jaws?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Can you put a cord through his nose or pierce his jaw with a hook?

International Standard Version
Can you attach a bridle to his snout, or pierce his jaw with a hook?

NET Bible
Can you put a cord through its nose, or pierce its jaw with a hook?

New Heart English Bible
Can you put a rope into his nose, or pierce his jaw through with a hook?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Can you put a ring through its nose or pierce its jaw with a hook?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Canst thou put a ring into his nose? Or bore his jaw through with a hook?

New American Standard 1977
“Can you put a rope in his nose? Or pierce his jaw with a hook?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Canst thou put a hook into his nose or bore his jaw through with a thorn?

King James 2000 Bible
Can you put a rope in his nose? or pierce his jaw through with a hook?

American King James Version
Can you put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?

American Standard Version
Canst thou put a rope into his nose? Or pierce his jaw through with a hook?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Canst thou put a ring in his nose, or bore through his jaw with a buckle?

Darby Bible Translation
Wilt thou put a rush-rope into his nose, and pierce his jaw with a spike?

English Revised Version
Canst thou put a rope into his nose? or pierce his jaw through with a hook?

Webster's Bible Translation
Canst thou put a hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?

World English Bible
Can you put a rope into his nose, or pierce his jaw through with a hook?

Young's Literal Translation
Dost thou put a reed in his nose? And with a thorn pierce his jaw?
Study Bible
God's Power Shown in Leviathan
1Can you pull in Leviathan with a hook or tie down his tongue with a rope? 2Can you put a cord through his nose or pierce his jaw with a hook? 3Will he beg you for mercy or speak to you softly?…
Cross References
2 Kings 19:28
Because your rage and arrogance against Me have reached My ears, I will put My hook in your nose and My bit in your mouth; I will send you back the way you came.'

Job 41:3
Will he beg you for mercy or speak to you softly?

Isaiah 37:29
Because your rage and arrogance against Me have reached My ears, I will put My hook in your nose and My bit in your mouth; I will send you back the way you came.'

Treasury of Scripture

Can you put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?

Isaiah 27:1 In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall …

Isaiah 37:29 Because your rage against me, and your tumult, is come up into my …

Ezekiel 29:4,5 But I will put hooks in your jaws, and I will cause the fish of your …







(2) Hook.--Or, cord of rush.

A thorn.--Or, spike or hook.

Verse 2. - Canst thou put an hook into his nose? rather, a reed, or a rope of reeds. The exact meaning is doubtful. Or bore his jaw through with a thorn? A hook or ring is meant, rather than a "thorn" - such a "hook" or "ring" as was commonly used for keeping fish captive in the water, or for bringing prisoners of rank into the presence of the monarchs who had captured them (see 2 Kings 19:28; 2 Chronicles 33:11; Amos 4:2; 'Ancient Monarchies,' vol. 1. pp. 304,367). Canst thou put an hook into his nose?.... Or a rush, that is, a rope made of rushes; for of such ropes were made, as Pliny (g) affirms;

or bore his jaw through with a thorn? as men do herrings, or such like small fish, for the convenience of carrying them, or hanging them up to dry; the whale is not to be used in such a manner: but the Tentyritae, a people in Egypt, great enemies to crocodiles, had methods of taking thorn in nets, and of binding and bridling them, and carrying them as they pleased (h).

(g) Nat. Hist. l. 19. c. 2.((h) Strabo. Geograph. l. 17. p. 560. Aelian. de Animal. l. 10. c. 21. Plin. Nat. Hist. l. 8. c. 25. 2. hook—rather, "a rope of rushes."

thorn—rather, a "ring" or "hook." So wild beasts were led about when caught (Isa 37:29; Eze 29:4); fishes also were secured thus and thrown into the water to keep them alive.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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