Job 41
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1Can you pull in Leviathan with a hook or tie down his tongue with a rope?1“Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook or press down his tongue with a cord?
2Can you put a cord through his nose or pierce his jaw with a hook?2Can you put a rope in his nose or pierce his jaw with a hook?
3Will he beg you for mercy or speak to you softly?3Will he make many pleas to you? Will he speak to you soft words?
4Will he make a covenant with you to take him as a slave for life?4Will he make a covenant with you to take him for your servant forever?
5Can you pet him like a bird or put him on a leash for your maidens?5Will you play with him as with a bird, or will you put him on a leash for your girls?
6Will traders barter for him or divide him among the merchants?6Will traders bargain over him? Will they divide him up among the merchants?
7Can you fill his hide with harpoons or his head with fishing spears?7Can you fill his skin with harpoons or his head with fishing spears?
8If you lay a hand on him, you will remember the battle and never repeat it!8Lay your hands on him; remember the battle—you will not do it again!
9Surely hope of overcoming him is false. Is not the sight of him overwhelming?9Behold, the hope of a man is false; he is laid low even at the sight of him.
10No one is ferocious enough to rouse Leviathan. Then who is able to stand against Me?10No one is so fierce that he dares to stir him up. Who then is he who can stand before me?
11Who has given to Me that I should repay him? Everything under heaven is Mine.11Who has first given to me, that I should repay him? Whatever is under the whole heaven is mine.
12I cannot keep silent about his limbs, his power and his graceful form.12“I will not keep silence concerning his limbs, or his mighty strength, or his goodly frame.
13Who can strip off his outer coat? Who can approach him with a bridle?13Who can strip off his outer garment? Who would come near him with a bridle?
14Who can open his jaws, ringed by his fearsome teeth?14Who can open the doors of his face? Around his teeth is terror.
15His rows of scales are his pride, tightly sealed together.15His back is made of rows of shields, shut up closely as with a seal.
16One scale is so near to another that no air can pass between them.16One is so near to another that no air can come between them.
17They are joined to one another; they clasp and cannot be separated.17They are joined one to another; they clasp each other and cannot be separated.
18His snorting flashes with light, and his eyes are like the rays of dawn.18His sneezings flash forth light, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the dawn.
19Firebrands stream from his mouth; fiery sparks shoot forth!19Out of his mouth go flaming torches; sparks of fire leap forth.
20Smoke billows from his nostrils as from a boiling pot over burning reeds.20Out of his nostrils comes forth smoke, as from a boiling pot and burning rushes.
21His breath sets coals ablaze, and flames pour out of his mouth.21His breath kindles coals, and a flame comes forth from his mouth.
22Strength resides in his neck, and dismay leaps before him.22In his neck abides strength, and terror dances before him.
23The folds of his flesh are tightly joined; they are firm and immovable.23The folds of his flesh stick together, firmly cast on him and immovable.
24His chest is as hard as a rock, as hard as a lower millstone!24His heart is hard as a stone, hard as the lower millstone.
25When Leviathan rises up, the mighty are terrified; they withdraw before his thrashing.25When he raises himself up, the mighty are afraid; at the crashing they are beside themselves.
26The sword that reaches him has no effect, nor does the spear or dart or arrow.26Though the sword reaches him, it does not avail, nor the spear, the dart, or the javelin.
27He regards iron as straw and bronze as rotten wood.27He counts iron as straw, and bronze as rotten wood.
28No arrow can make him flee; slingstones become like chaff to him.28The arrow cannot make him flee; for him, sling stones are turned to stubble.
29A club is regarded as straw, and he laughs at the sound of the lance.29Clubs are counted as stubble; he laughs at the rattle of javelins.
30His undersides are jagged potsherds, spreading out the mud like a threshing sledge.30His underparts are like sharp potsherds; he spreads himself like a threshing sledge on the mire.
31He makes the depths seethe like a cauldron; he makes the sea like a jar of ointment.31He makes the deep boil like a pot; he makes the sea like a pot of ointment.
32He leaves a glistening wake behind him; one would think the deep had white hair!32Behind him he leaves a shining wake; one would think the deep to be white-haired.
33Nothing on earth is his equal—a creature devoid of fear!33On earth there is not his like, a creature without fear.
34He looks down on all the haughty; he is king over all the proud.”34He sees everything that is high; he is king over all the sons of pride.”
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