Bible: Job 41

The Description of Leviathan

41:1 1  “Can you pull in 2  Leviathan with a hook,

and tie down 3  its tongue with a rope?

41:2 Can you put a cord through its nose,

or pierce its jaw with a hook?

41:3 Will it make numerous supplications to you, 4 

will it speak to you with tender words? 5 

41:4 Will it make a pact 6  with you,

so you could take it 7  as your slave for life?

41:5 Can you play 8  with it, like a bird,

or tie it on a leash 9  for your girls?

41:6 Will partners 10  bargain 11  for it?

Will they divide it up 12  among the merchants?

41:7 Can you fill its hide with harpoons

or its head with fishing spears?

41:8 If you lay your hand on it,

you will remember 13  the fight,

and you will never do it again!

41:9 14  See, his expectation is wrong, 15 

he is laid low even at the sight of it. 16 

41:10 Is it not fierce 17  when it is awakened?

Who is he, then, who can stand before it? 18 

41:11 (Who has confronted 19  me that I should repay? 20 

Everything under heaven belongs to me!) 21 

41:12 I will not keep silent about its limbs,

and the extent of its might,

and the grace of its arrangement. 22 

41:13 Who can uncover its outer covering? 23 

Who can penetrate to the inside of its armor? 24 

41:14 Who can open the doors of its mouth? 25 

Its teeth all around are fearsome.

41:15 Its back 26  has rows of shields,

shut up closely 27  together as with a seal;

41:16 each one is so close to the next 28 

that no air can come between them.

41:17 They lock tightly together, one to the next; 29 

they cling together and cannot be separated.

41:18 Its snorting throws out flashes of light;

its eyes are like the red glow 30  of dawn.

41:19 Out of its mouth go flames, 31 

sparks of fire shoot forth!

41:20 Smoke streams from its nostrils

as from a boiling pot over burning 32  rushes.

41:21 Its breath sets coals ablaze

and a flame shoots from its mouth.

41:22 Strength lodges in its neck,

and despair 33  runs before it.

41:23 The folds 34  of its flesh are tightly joined;

they are firm on it, immovable. 35 

41:24 Its heart 36  is hard as rock,

hard as a lower millstone.

41:25 When it rises up, the mighty are terrified,

at its thrashing about they withdraw. 37 

41:26 Whoever strikes it with a sword 38 

will have no effect, 39 

nor with the spear, arrow, or dart.

41:27 It regards iron as straw

and bronze as rotten wood.

41:28 Arrows 40  do not make it flee;

slingstones become like chaff to it.

41:29 A club is counted 41  as a piece of straw;

it laughs at the rattling of the lance.

41:30 Its underparts 42  are the sharp points of potsherds,

it leaves its mark in the mud

like a threshing sledge. 43 

41:31 It makes the deep boil like a cauldron

and stirs up the sea like a pot of ointment, 44 

41:32 It leaves a glistening wake behind it;

one would think the deep had a head of white hair.

41:33 The likes of it is not on earth,

a creature 45  without fear.

41:34 It looks on every haughty being;

it is king over all that are proud.” 46 

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