New International Version
Can you put a cord through its nose or pierce its jaw with a hook?
King James Bible
Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?
Darby Bible Translation
Wilt thou put a rush-rope into his nose, and pierce his jaw with a spike?
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?
Job 41:2 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Canst thou put a hook onto his nose? - Canst thou put a ring in his nose, and lead him about as thou dost thine ox? In the East they frequently lead thy oxen and buffaloes with a ring in their noses. So they do bulls and oxen in this country.
Bore his jaw through with a thorn? - Some have thought that this means, Canst thou deal with him as with one of those little fish which thou stringest on a rush by means of the thorn at its end? Or perhaps it may refer to those ornaments with which they sometimes adorned their horses, mules, camels, etc.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
It is here proposed to show, that every incumbent duty ought, in suitable circumstances, to be engaged to in the exercise of Covenanting. The law and covenant of God are co-extensive; and what is enjoined in the one is confirmed in the other. The proposals of that Covenant include its promises and its duties. The former are made and fulfilled by its glorious Originator; the latter are enjoined and obligatory on man. The duties of that Covenant are God's law; and the demands of the law are all made …
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2 Kings 19:28
Because you rage against me and because your insolence has reached my ears, I will put my hook in your nose and my bit in your mouth, and I will make you return by the way you came.'
Will it keep begging you for mercy? Will it speak to you with gentle words?
Because you rage against me and because your insolence has reached my ears, I will put my hook in your nose and my bit in your mouth, and I will make you return by the way you came.
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