Job 41
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1“Can you draw out Leviathan with a hook, Or snare his tongue with a line which you lower?1"Can you pull in Leviathan with a hook, and tie down its tongue with a rope?
2Can you put a reed through his nose, Or pierce his jaw with a hook?2Can you put a cord through its nose, or pierce its jaw with a hook?
3Will he make many supplications to you? Will he speak softly to you?3Will it make numerous supplications to you, will it speak to you with tender words?
4Will he make a covenant with you? Will you take him as a servant forever?4Will it make a pact with you, so you could take it as your slave for life?
5Will you play with him as with a bird, Or will you leash him for your maidens?5Can you play with it, like a bird, or tie it on a leash for your girls?
6Will your companions make a banquet of him? Will they apportion him among the merchants?6Will partners bargain for it? Will they divide it up among the merchants?
7Can you fill his skin with harpoons, Or his head with fishing spears?7Can you fill its hide with harpoons or its head with fishing spears?
8Lay your hand on him; Remember the battle— Never do it again!8If you lay your hand on it, you will remember the fight, and you will never do it again!
9Indeed, any hope of overcoming him is false; Shall one not be overwhelmed at the sight of him?9See, his expectation is wrong, he is laid low even at the sight of it.
10No one is so fierce that he would dare stir him up. Who then is able to stand against Me?10Is it not fierce when it is awakened? Who is he, then, who can stand before it?
11Who has preceded Me, that I should pay him? Everything under heaven is Mine.11(Who has confronted me that I should repay? Everything under heaven belongs to me!)
12“I will not conceal his limbs, His mighty power, or his graceful proportions.12I will not keep silent about its limbs, and the extent of its might, and the grace of its arrangement.
13Who can remove his outer coat? Who can approach him with a double bridle?13Who can uncover its outer covering? Who can penetrate to the inside of its armor?
14Who can open the doors of his face, With his terrible teeth all around?14Who can open the doors of its mouth? Its teeth all around are fearsome.
15His rows of scales are his pride, Shut up tightly as with a seal;15Its back has rows of shields, shut up closely together as with a seal;
16One is so near another That no air can come between them;16each one is so close to the next that no air can come between them.
17They are joined one to another, They stick together and cannot be parted.17They lock tightly together, one to the next; they cling together and cannot be separated.
18His sneezings flash forth light, And his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.18Its snorting throws out flashes of light; its eyes are like the red glow of dawn.
19Out of his mouth go burning lights; Sparks of fire shoot out.19Out of its mouth go flames, sparks of fire shoot forth!
20Smoke goes out of his nostrils, As from a boiling pot and burning rushes.20Smoke streams from its nostrils as from a boiling pot over burning rushes.
21His breath kindles coals, And a flame goes out of his mouth.21Its breath sets coals ablaze and a flame shoots from its mouth.
22Strength dwells in his neck, And sorrow dances before him.22Strength lodges in its neck, and despair runs before it.
23The folds of his flesh are joined together; They are firm on him and cannot be moved.23The folds of its flesh are tightly joined; they are firm on it, immovable.
24His heart is as hard as stone, Even as hard as the lower millstone.24Its heart is hard as rock, hard as a lower millstone.
25When he raises himself up, the mighty are afraid; Because of his crashings they are beside themselves.25When it rises up, the mighty are terrified, at its thrashing about they withdraw.
26Though the sword reaches him, it cannot avail; Nor does spear, dart, or javelin.26Whoever strikes it with a sword will have no effect, nor with the spear, arrow, or dart.
27He regards iron as straw, And bronze as rotten wood.27It regards iron as straw and bronze as rotten wood.
28The arrow cannot make him flee; Slingstones become like stubble to him.28Arrows do not make it flee; slingstones become like chaff to it.
29Darts are regarded as straw; He laughs at the threat of javelins.29A club is counted as a piece of straw; it laughs at the rattling of the lance.
30His undersides are like sharp potsherds; He spreads pointed marks in the mire.30Its underparts are the sharp points of potsherds, it leaves its mark in the mud like a threshing sledge.
31He makes the deep boil like a pot; He makes the sea like a pot of ointment.31It makes the deep boil like a cauldron and stirs up the sea like a pot of ointment,
32He leaves a shining wake behind him; One would think the deep had white hair.32It leaves a glistening wake behind it; one would think the deep had a head of white hair.
33On earth there is nothing like him, Which is made without fear.33The likes of it is not on earth, a creature without fear.
34He beholds every high thing; He is king over all the children of pride.”34It looks on every haughty being; it is king over all that are proud."
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