New International Version
Can you fill its hide with harpoons or its head with fishing spears?
King James Bible
Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears?
Darby Bible Translation
Wilt thou fill his skin with darts, and his head with fish-spears?
World English Bible
Can you fill his skin with barbed irons, or his head with fish spears?
Young's Literal Translation
Dost thou fill with barbed irons his skin? And with fish-spears his head?
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? - This refers to some kind of harpoon work, similar to that employed in taking whales, and which they might use for some other kinds of animals; for the skin of the crocodile could not be pierced. Herrera says that he saw a crocodile defend itself against thirty men; and that they fired six balls at it without being able to wound it. It can only be wounded under his belly.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Canst (The Leviathan, described here, has been solidly proved by Bochart to denote the crocodile; and the description suits no other species of amphibious animals. It is a species of lizard, with a two-edged tail, large oblong head, small but vivacious eyes, short legs, and triangular feet, the fore ones having four, and the hinder ones five toes, armed with strong, sharp claws. Its length is usually about twenty feet, and its circumference about five feet; it has, in proportion to its size, the largest mouth of all monsters; moves both its jaws equally, the upper of which is armed with not less than forty, and the under with thirty-eight sharp, strong, and massy teeth; its voice is a loud, hollow growling, of the most terrific description; and is furnished with a coat of mail, so scaly and callous as to resist the force of a musket-ball in every part, except under the belly. It is a natural inhabitant of the Nile, and other African and Asiatic rivers; is of enormous voracity and strength, as well as fleetness in swimming; attacks mankind and the largest animals with the most daring impetuosity; and when taken by means of a powerful net, will often overturn the boats that surround it. Nothing that it once seizes can escape; and, shaking its prey to pieces, it is swallowed without mastication.)
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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