New International Version
There the ships go to and fro, and Leviathan, which you formed to frolic there.
King James Bible
There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein.
Darby Bible Translation
There go the ships; [there] that leviathan, which thou hast formed to play therein.
World English Bible
There the ships go, and leviathan, whom you formed to play there.
Young's Literal Translation
There do ships go: leviathan, That Thou hast formed to play in it.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
There go the ships - By means of navigation, countries the most remote are connected, and all the inhabitants of the earth become known to each other. He appears at this time to have seen the ships under sail.
That leviathan - This may mean the whale, or any of the large marine animals. The Septuagint and Vulgate call it dragon. Sometimes the crocodile is intended by the original word.
To play therein - Dreadful and tempestuous as the sea may appear, and uncontrollable in its billows and surges, it is only the field of sport, the play-ground, the bowling-green to those huge marine monsters.
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Lessons from Nature
The Creaturely Man.
The hills bring it their produce, and all the wild animals play nearby.
"Can you pull in Leviathan with a fishhook or tie down its tongue with a rope?
It was you who crushed the heads of Leviathan and gave it as food to the creatures of the desert.
Some went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters.
In that day, the LORD will punish with his sword-- his fierce, great and powerful sword-- Leviathan the gliding serpent, Leviathan the coiling serpent; he will slay the monster of the sea.
Veteran craftsmen of Byblos were on board as shipwrights to caulk your seams. All the ships of the sea and their sailors came alongside to trade for your wares.
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