Job 41
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1"Can you pull in Leviathan with a fishhook or tie down its tongue with a rope?1Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?
2Can you put a cord through its nose or pierce its jaw with a hook?2Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?
3Will it keep begging you for mercy? Will it speak to you with gentle words?3Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee?
4Will it make an agreement with you for you to take it as your slave for life?4Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever?
5Can you make a pet of it like a bird or put it on a leash for the young women in your house?5Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?
6Will traders barter for it? Will they divide it up among the merchants?6Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants?
7Can you fill its hide with harpoons or its head with fishing spears?7Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears?
8If you lay a hand on it, you will remember the struggle and never do it again!8Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more.
9Any hope of subduing it is false; the mere sight of it is overpowering.9Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him?
10No one is fierce enough to rouse it. Who then is able to stand against me?10None is so fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before me?
11Who has a claim against me that I must pay? Everything under heaven belongs to me.11Who hath prevented me, that I should repay him? whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine.
12"I will not fail to speak of Leviathan's limbs, its strength and its graceful form.12I will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his comely proportion.
13Who can strip off its outer coat? Who can penetrate its double coat of armor?13Who can discover the face of his garment? or who can come to him with his double bridle?
14Who dares open the doors of its mouth, ringed about with fearsome teeth?14Who can open the doors of his face? his teeth are terrible round about.
15Its back has rows of shields tightly sealed together;15His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal.
16each is so close to the next that no air can pass between.16One is so near to another, that no air can come between them.
17They are joined fast to one another; they cling together and cannot be parted.17They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered.
18Its snorting throws out flashes of light; its eyes are like the rays of dawn.18By his neesings a light doth shine, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.
19Flames stream from its mouth; sparks of fire shoot out.19Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out.
20Smoke pours from its nostrils as from a boiling pot over burning reeds.20Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron.
21Its breath sets coals ablaze, and flames dart from its mouth.21His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth.
22Strength resides in its neck; dismay goes before it.22In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him.
23The folds of its flesh are tightly joined; they are firm and immovable.23The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved.
24Its chest is hard as rock, hard as a lower millstone.24His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone.
25When it rises up, the mighty are terrified; they retreat before its thrashing.25When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of breakings they purify themselves.
26The sword that reaches it has no effect, nor does the spear or the dart or the javelin.26The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon.
27Iron it treats like straw and bronze like rotten wood.27He esteemeth iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood.
28Arrows do not make it flee; slingstones are like chaff to it.28The arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones are turned with him into stubble.
29A club seems to it but a piece of straw; it laughs at the rattling of the lance.29Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear.
30Its undersides are jagged potsherds, leaving a trail in the mud like a threshing sledge.30Sharp stones are under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire.
31It makes the depths churn like a boiling caldron and stirs up the sea like a pot of ointment.31He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment.
32It leaves a glistening wake behind it; one would think the deep had white hair.32He maketh a path to shine after him; one would think the deep to be hoary.
33Nothing on earth is its equal-- a creature without fear.33Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear.
34It looks down on all that are haughty; it is king over all that are proud."34He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.
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