Job 41
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1"Can you pull in Leviathan with a hook, and tie down its 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 its nose, or pierce its jaw with a hook? 2Can you put a rope in his nose or pierce his jaw with a hook?
3Will it make numerous supplications to you, will it speak to you with tender words? 3Will he make many pleas to you? Will he speak to you soft words?
4Will it make a pact with you, so you could take it as your slave for life? 4Will he make a covenant with you to take him for your servant forever?
5Can you play with it, like a bird, or tie it on a leash for your girls? 5Will you play with him as with a bird, or will you put him on a leash for your girls?
6Will partners bargain for it? Will they divide it up among the merchants? 6Will traders bargain over him? Will they divide him up among the merchants?
7Can you fill its hide with harpoons or its head with fishing spears? 7Can you fill his skin with harpoons or his head with fishing spears?
8If you lay your hand on it, you will remember the fight, and you will never do it again! 8Lay your hands on him; remember the battle—you will not do it again!
9See, his expectation is wrong, he is laid low even at the sight of it. 9Behold, the hope of a man is false; he is laid low even at the sight of him.
10Is it not fierce when it is awakened? Who is he, then, who can stand before it? 10No one is so fierce that he dares to stir him up. Who then is he who can stand before me?
11(Who has confronted me that I should repay? Everything under heaven belongs to me!) 11Who has first given to me, that I should repay him? Whatever is under the whole heaven is mine.
12I will not keep silent about its limbs, and the extent of its might, and the grace of its arrangement. 12“I will not keep silence concerning his limbs, or his mighty strength, or his goodly frame.
13Who can uncover its outer covering? Who can penetrate to the inside of its armor? 13Who can strip off his outer garment? Who would come near him with a bridle?
14Who can open the doors of its mouth? Its teeth all around are fearsome. 14Who can open the doors of his face? Around his teeth is terror.
15Its back has rows of shields, shut up closely together as with a seal; 15His back is made of rows of shields, shut up closely as with a seal.
16each one is so close to the next that no air can come between them. 16One is so near to another that no air can come between them.
17They lock tightly together, one to the next; they cling together and cannot be separated. 17They are joined one to another; they clasp each other and cannot be separated.
18Its snorting throws out flashes of light; its eyes are like the red glow of dawn. 18His sneezings flash forth light, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the dawn.
19Out of its mouth go flames, sparks of fire shoot forth! 19Out of his mouth go flaming torches; sparks of fire leap forth.
20Smoke streams from its nostrils as from a boiling pot over burning rushes. 20Out of his nostrils comes forth smoke, as from a boiling pot and burning rushes.
21Its breath sets coals ablaze and a flame shoots from its mouth. 21His breath kindles coals, and a flame comes forth from his mouth.
22Strength lodges in its neck, and despair runs before it. 22In his neck abides strength, and terror dances before him.
23The folds of its flesh are tightly joined; they are firm on it, immovable. 23The folds of his flesh stick together, firmly cast on him and immovable.
24Its heart is hard as rock, hard as a lower millstone. 24His heart is hard as a stone, hard as the lower millstone.
25When it rises up, the mighty are terrified, at its thrashing about they withdraw. 25When he raises himself up, the mighty are afraid; at the crashing they are beside themselves.
26Whoever strikes it with a sword will have no effect, nor with the spear, arrow, or dart. 26Though the sword reaches him, it does not avail, nor the spear, the dart, or the javelin.
27It regards iron as straw and bronze as rotten wood. 27He counts iron as straw, and bronze as rotten wood.
28Arrows do not make it flee; slingstones become like chaff to it. 28The arrow cannot make him flee; for him, sling stones are turned to stubble.
29A club is counted as a piece of straw; it laughs at the rattling of the lance. 29Clubs are counted as stubble; he laughs at the rattle of javelins.
30Its underparts are the sharp points of potsherds, it leaves its mark in the mud like a threshing sledge. 30His underparts are like sharp potsherds; he spreads himself like a threshing sledge on the mire.
31It makes the deep boil like a cauldron and stirs up the sea like a pot of ointment, 31He makes the deep boil like a pot; he makes the sea like a pot of ointment.
32It leaves a glistening wake behind it; one would think the deep had a head of white hair. 32Behind him he leaves a shining wake; one would think the deep to be white-haired.
33The likes of it is not on earth, a creature without fear. 33On earth there is not his like, a creature without fear.
34It looks on every haughty being; it is king over all that are proud." 34He sees everything that is high; he is king over all the sons of pride.”
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