Psalm 74:14
New International Version
It was you who crushed the heads of Leviathan and gave it as food to the creatures of the desert.

New Living Translation
You crushed the heads of Leviathan and let the desert animals eat him.

English Standard Version
You crushed the heads of Leviathan; you gave him as food for the creatures of the wilderness.

Berean Study Bible
You crushed the heads of Leviathan; You fed him to the creatures of the desert.

New American Standard Bible
You crushed the heads of Leviathan; You gave him as food for the creatures of the wilderness.

King James Bible
Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness.

Christian Standard Bible
you crushed the heads of Leviathan; you fed him to the creatures of the desert.

Contemporary English Version
You crushed the heads of the monster Leviathan, then fed him to wild creatures in the desert.

Good News Translation
you crushed the heads of the monster Leviathan and fed his body to desert animals.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You crushed the heads of Leviathan; You fed him to the creatures of the desert.

International Standard Version
You crushed the heads of Leviathan. You set it as food for desert creatures.

NET Bible
You crushed the heads of Leviathan; you fed him to the people who live along the coast.

New Heart English Bible
You broke the heads of Leviathan in pieces. You gave him as food to people and desert creatures.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
You broke the heads of Leviathan and you have given food to the mighty people.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You crushed the heads of Leviathan and gave them to the creatures of the desert for food.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thou didst crush the heads of leviathan, Thou gavest him to be food to the folk inhabiting the wilderness.

New American Standard 1977
Thou didst crush the heads of Leviathan; Thou didst give him as food for the creatures of the wilderness.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou didst break the heads of leviathan in pieces and didst give him to be food to the people inhabiting the wilderness.

King James 2000 Bible
You broke the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gave him to be food to the people inhabiting the wilderness.

American King James Version
You brake the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gave him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness.

American Standard Version
Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces; Thou gavest him to be food to the people inhabiting the wilderness.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Thou didst break to pieces the heads of the dragon; thou didst give him for meat to the Ethiopian nations.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou hast broken the heads of the dragon: thou hast given him to be meat for the people of the Ethiopians.

Darby Bible Translation
Thou didst break in pieces the heads of leviathan, thou gavest him to be meat to those that people the desert.

English Revised Version
Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, thou gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou didst break the head of leviathan in pieces, and didst give him to be food to the people inhabiting the wilderness.

World English Bible
You broke the heads of Leviathan in pieces. You gave him as food to people and desert creatures.

Young's Literal Translation
Thou hast broken the heads of leviathan, Thou makest him food, For the people of the dry places.
Study Bible
Why Have You Rejected Us Forever?
13You divided the sea by Your strength; You smashed the heads of the dragons of the sea; 14You crushed the heads of Leviathan; You fed him to the creatures of the desert. 15You broke open the fountain and the flood; You dried up the ever-flowing rivers.…
Cross References
Job 41:1
Can you pull in Leviathan with a hook or tie down his tongue with a rope?

Psalm 72:9
May the nomads bow before him, and his enemies lick the dust.

Psalm 104:26
There the ships pass, and Leviathan, which You formed to frolic there.

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.

Treasury of Scripture

You brake the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gave him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness.

leviathan

Psalm 104:25,26
So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts…

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?

meat

Psalm 72:9
They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust.

Exodus 12:35,36
And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: …

Exodus 14:30
Thus the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore.







Lexicon
You
אַתָּ֣ה (’at·tāh)
Pronoun - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

crushed
רִ֭צַּצְתָּ (riṣ·ṣaṣ·tā)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7533: To crack in pieces

the heads
רָאשֵׁ֣י (rā·šê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 7218: The head

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

You fed him
תִּתְּנֶ֥נּוּ (tit·tə·nen·nū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5414: To give, put, set

to the creatures
לְעָ֣ם (lə·‘ām)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

of the desert.
לְצִיִּֽים׃ (lə·ṣî·yîm)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6728: Wild beast of the desert, that dwell in inhabiting the wilderness
(14) Leviathan.--See last note.

And gavest him . . .--The crocodile was eaten by the people of Elephantine (Herod. ii. 69), but there is no allusion here to that custom, nor to the Ichthyophagi mentioned by Agatharchides, nor to the 'thiopians (as in the LXX.). It is the Egyptian corpses thrown up by the Red Sea that are to be devoured (comp. Ezekiel 29:3-5) by the "wild beasts," called here "people," as the ants and conies are (Proverbs 30:25-26).

Verse 14. - Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces. Here the metaphor is only slightly varied, leviathan, "the crocodile," being substituted for tannim, "the dragon," or "sea monster," as the representative of the might of Egypt. And gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness. The corpses of the Egyptians thrown up upon the Red Sea shores (Exodus 14:30) are certainly the "meat" intended. Whether the "people of dwellers in the wilderness" are cannibal tribes, or jackals and hyenas, is perhaps doubtful. 74:12-17 The church silences her own complaints. What God had done for his people, as their King of old, encouraged them to depend on him. It was the Lord's doing, none besides could do it. This providence was food to faith and hope, to support and encourage in difficulties. The God of Israel is the God of nature. He that is faithful to his covenant about the day and the night, will never cast off those whom he has chosen. We have as much reason to expect affliction, as to expect night and winter. But we have no more reason to despair of the return of comfort, than to despair of day and summer. And in the world above we shall have no more changes.
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