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.
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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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
There go the ships - There the vessels move along - objects that would, of course, attract the attention of one looking at the sea, and admiring its wonders. The psalmist is describing the active scenes on the surface of the globe, and, of course, on looking at the ocean, these would be among the objects that would particularly attract his attention.
There is that leviathan - The Septuagint and the Vulgate render this, dragon. On the meaning of the word "leviathan," see the notes at Job 41:1.
Whom thou hast made - Margin, as in Hebrew, "formed." The idea of creation is implied in the word.
To play therein - As his native element. To move about therein; to make quick and rapid motions, as if in sport.
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Seventh Sunday after Trinity. O Lord, How Manifold are Thy Works; in Wisdom Hast Thou Made them All; the Earth is Full of Thy Riches.
Epistle xvii. To Felix, Bishop of Messana.
The Host of Heaven and of Earth.
"Surely the mountains bring him food, And all the beasts of the field play there.
"Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook? Or press down his tongue with a cord?
You crushed the heads of Leviathan; You gave him as food for the creatures of the wilderness.
Those who go down to the sea in ships, Who do business on great waters;
In that day the LORD will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, With His fierce and great and mighty sword, Even Leviathan the twisted serpent; And He will kill the dragon who lives in the sea.
"The elders of Gebal and her wise men were with you repairing your seams; All the ships of the sea and their sailors were with you in order to deal in your merchandise.
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