Job

Book of Job. Chapter 41

   

1 "Can you draw out Leviathan with a hook, Or [snare] his tongue with a line [which] you lower?

2 Can you put a reed through his nose, Or pierce his jaw with a hook?

3 Will he make many supplications to you? Will he speak softly to you?

4 Will he make a covenant with you? Will you take him as a servant forever?

5 Will you play with him as [with] a bird, Or will you leash him for your maidens?

6 Will [your] companions make a banquet of him? Will they apportion him among the merchants?

7 Can you fill his skin with harpoons, Or his head with fishing spears?

8 Lay your hand on him; Remember the battle -- Never do it again!

9 Indeed, [any] hope of [overcoming] him is false; Shall [one not] be overwhelmed at the sight of him?

10 No one [is so] fierce that he would dare stir him up. Who then is able to stand against Me?

11 Who has preceded Me, that I should pay [him?] Everything under heaven is Mine.

12 "I will not conceal his limbs, His mighty power, or his graceful proportions.

13 Who can remove his outer coat? Who can approach [him] with a double bridle?

14 Who can open the doors of his face, [With] his terrible teeth all around?

15 [His] rows of scales are [his] pride, Shut up tightly [as with] a seal;

16 One is so near another That no air can come between them;

17 They are joined one to another, They stick together and cannot be parted.

18 His sneezings flash forth light, And his eyes [are] like the eyelids of the morning.

19 Out of his mouth go burning lights; Sparks of fire shoot out.

20 Smoke goes out of his nostrils, As [from] a boiling pot and burning rushes.

21 His breath kindles coals, And a flame goes out of his mouth.

22 Strength dwells in his neck, And sorrow dances before him.

23 The folds of his flesh are joined together; They are firm on him and cannot be moved.

24 His heart is as hard as stone, Even as hard as the lower [millstone.]

25 When he raises himself up, the mighty are afraid; Because of his crashings they are beside themselves.

26 [Though] the sword reaches him, it cannot avail; Nor does spear, dart, or javelin.

27 He regards iron as straw, [And] bronze as rotten wood.

28 The arrow cannot make him flee; Slingstones become like stubble to him.

29 Darts are regarded as straw; He laughs at the threat of javelins.

30 His undersides [are] like sharp potsherds; He spreads pointed [marks] in the mire.

31 He makes the deep boil like a pot; He makes the sea like a pot of ointment.

32 He leaves a shining wake behind him; [One] would think the deep had white hair.

33 On earth there is nothing like him, Which is made without fear.

34 He beholds every high [thing;] He [is] king over all the children of pride."

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