Psalm 104:26
New International Version
There the ships go to and fro, and Leviathan, which you formed to frolic there.

New Living Translation
See the ships sailing along, and Leviathan, which you made to play in the sea.

English Standard Version
There go the ships, and Leviathan, which you formed to play in it.

Berean Study Bible
There the ships pass, and Leviathan, which You formed to frolic there.

New American Standard Bible
There the ships move along, And Leviathan, which You have formed to sport in it.

King James Bible
There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein.

Christian Standard Bible
There the ships move about, and Leviathan, which you formed to play there.

Contemporary English Version
And there are the ships, as well as Leviathan, the monster you created to splash in the sea.

Good News Translation
The ships sail on it, and in it plays Leviathan, that sea monster which you made.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
There the ships move about, and Leviathan, which You formed to play there.

International Standard Version
There, the ships pass through; Leviathan, which you created, frolics in it.

NET Bible
The ships travel there, and over here swims the whale you made to play in it.

New Heart English Bible
There the ships go, and leviathan, whom you formed to play there.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
In it the ships travel; this is Leviathan which you have created to be merry in it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Ships sail on it, and Leviathan, which you made, plays in it.

JPS Tanakh 1917
There go the ships; There is leviathan, whom Thou hast formed to sport therein.

New American Standard 1977
There the ships move along, And Leviathan, which Thou hast formed to sport in it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
There go the ships; there is that leviathan, whom thou didst make to play therein.

King James 2000 Bible
There go the ships: there is that leviathan, which you have made to play therein.

American King James Version
There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom you have made to play therein.

American Standard Version
There go the ships; There is leviathan, whom thou hast formed to play therein.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
There go the ships; and this dragon whom thou hast made to play in it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
There the ships shall go. This sea dragon which thou hast formed to play therein.

Darby Bible Translation
There go the ships; [there] that leviathan, which thou hast formed to play therein.

English Revised Version
There go the ships; there is leviathan, whom thou hast formed to take his pastime therein.

Webster's Bible Translation
There go the ships: there is that leviathan, which thou hast made 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.
Study Bible
How Many Are Your Works, O LORD!
25Here is the sea, vast and wide, teeming with creatures beyond number, living things both great and small. 26There the ships pass, and Leviathan, which You formed to frolic there. 27All creatures look to You to give them their food in due season.…
Cross References
Job 40:20
The hills yield him their produce, while all the beasts of the field play nearby.

Job 41:1
Can you pull in Leviathan with a hook or tie down his tongue with a rope?

Psalm 74:14
You crushed the heads of Leviathan; You fed him to the creatures of the desert.

Psalm 107:23
Others went out to sea in ships, conducting trade on the mighty waters.

Isaiah 27:1
In that day the LORD will take His sharp, great, and mighty sword, and bring judgment on Leviathan, the fleeing serpent--Leviathan, the coiling serpent--and He will slay the dragon of the sea.

Ezekiel 27:9
The elders of Gebal were aboard as shipwrights, repairing your leaks. All the ships of the sea and their sailors came alongside to barter for your goods.

Treasury of Scripture

There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom you have made to play therein.

there go

Psalm 107:23
They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;

Genesis 49:13
Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he shall be for an haven of ships; and his border shall be unto Zidon.

leviathan

Psalm 74:14
Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness.

Job 3:8
Let them curse it that curse the day, who are ready to raise up their mourning.

Job 41:1
Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?

made.

Job 41:5,29
Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens? …







Lexicon
There
שָׁ֭ם (m)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 8033: There, then, thither

the ships
אֳנִיּ֣וֹת (’o·nî·yō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 591: A ship

pass,
יְהַלֵּכ֑וּן (yə·hal·lê·ḵūn)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine plural | Paragogic nun
Strong's Hebrew 1980: To go, come, walk

and Leviathan,
לִ֝וְיָתָ֗ן (liw·yā·ṯān)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3882: A wreathed animal, a serpent, dragon, Babylon

which
זֶֽה־ (zeh-)
Pronoun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2088: This, that

You formed
יָצַ֥רְתָּ (yā·ṣar·tā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3335: To mould into a, form, as a, potter, to determine

to frolic there.
לְשַֽׂחֶק־ (lə·śa·ḥeq-)
Preposition-l | Verb - Piel - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 7832: To laugh, to play
(26) Ships.--The poet writes like one who had been accustomed to see the navies of Ph?nicia, one of the indications which leads to the hypothesis that he belonged to the northern part of Palestine. And here for once we seem to catch a breath of enthusiasm for the sea--so rare a feeling in a Jew.

Leviathan.--See Psalm 74:14. In Job (Job 41) it is the crocodile, but here evidently an animal of the sea, and probably the whale. Several species of cetacea are still found in the Mediterranean, and that they were known to the Hebrews is clear from Lamentations 4:3. Various passages from classic authors support this view.

Whom Thou . . .--This clause is rendered by some "whom Thou hast made to play with him" (so LXX. and Vulg.), referring to Job 41:5. It is a rabbinical tradition that Leviathan is God's play thing.

Verse 26. - There go the ships. These may seem out of place among the works of God. But are they not his, in a certain sense? Did he not contemplate them when he made the sea, and make it to some extent for them? And did he not give men wisdom to invent and perfect them? There is that leviathan. "Leviathan" is here probably the whale, which may in early times have frequented the Mediterranean. Which thou hast made to play therein; or, to play with him. So the LXX. (ἐμπαίζειν αὐτῷ); and, among moderns, Ewald, Hitzig, Olshausen, Kay, Cheyne, and our Revisers (in the margin). The anthropomorphism is not beyond that of other passages. 104:19-30 We are to praise and magnify God for the constant succession of day and night. And see how those are like to the wild beasts, who wait for the twilight, and have fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness. Does God listen to the language of mere nature, even in ravenous creatures, and shall he not much more interpret favourably the language of grace in his own people, though weak and broken groanings which cannot be uttered? There is the work of every day, which is to be done in its day, which man must apply to every morning, and which he must continue in till evening; it will be time enough to rest when the night comes, in which no man can work. The psalmist wonders at the works of God. The works of art, the more closely they are looked upon, the more rough they appear; the works of nature appear more fine and exact. They are all made in wisdom, for they all answer the end they were designed to serve. Every spring is an emblem of the resurrection, when a new world rises, as it were, out of the ruins of the old one. But man alone lives beyond death. When the Lord takes away his breath, his soul enters on another state, and his body will be raised, either to glory or to misery. May the Lord send forth his Spirit, and new-create our souls to holiness.
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