NASB — Job 41 — KJV

God’s Power Shown in Creatures

  1ICan you draw out IIaLeviathan with a fishhook?
  Or press down his tongue with a cord?
  2 “Can you aput a Irope in his nose
  Or pierce his jaw with a IIhook?
  3 “Will he make many supplications to you,
  Or will he speak to you soft words?
  4 “Will he make a covenant with you?
  Will you take him for a servant forever?
  5 “Will you play with him as with a bird,
  Or will you bind him for your maidens?
  6 “Will the Itraders bargain over him?
  Will they divide 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; Iyou will not do it again!
  9IBehold, IIyour expectation is false;
  Will IIIyou be laid low even at the sight of him?
  10 “No one is so fierce that he dares to aarouse him;
  Who then is he that can stand before Me?
  11 “Who has Iagiven to Me that I should repay [him]?
  [Whatever] is bunder the whole heaven is Mine.

[1] ICh 40:25 in Heb IIOr the crocodile aJb 3:8; Ps 74:14; 104:26; Is 27:1
[2] ILit rope of rushes IIOr thorn or ring a2K 19:28; Is 37:29
[6] ILit partners
[8] ILit do not add
[9] ICh 41:1 in Heb IILit his IIILit he
[10] aJb 3:8
[11] ILit anticipated aRo 11:35 bEx 19:5; Dt 10:14; Jb 9:5-10; 26:6-14; 28:24; Ps 24:1; 50:12; 1Co 10:26

  12 ¶ “I will not keep silence concerning his limbs,
  Or his mighty strength, or his Iorderly frame.
  13 “Who can Istrip off his outer armor?
  Who can come within his double IImail?
  14 “Who can open the doors of his face?
  Around his teeth there is terror.
  15 “[His] Istrong scales are [his] pride,
  Shut up [as with] a tight seal.
  16 “One is so near to another
  That no air can come between them.
  17 “They are joined one to another;
  They clasp each other and cannot be separated.
  18 “His sneezes flash forth light,
  And his eyes are like the aeyelids of the morning.
  19 “Out of his mouth go burning torches;
  Sparks of fire leap forth.
  20 “Out of his nostrils smoke goes forth
  As [from] a boiling pot and [burning] rushes.
  21 “His breath kindles coals,
  And a flame goes forth from his mouth.
  22 “In his neck lodges strength,
  And dismay leaps before him.
  23 “The folds of his flesh are joined together,
  Firm on him and immovable.
  24 “His heart is as hard as a stone,
  Even as hard as a lower millstone.
  25 “When he raises himself up, the Imighty fear;
  Because of the crashing they are bewildered.
  26 “The sword that reaches him cannot avail,
  Nor the spear, the dart or the javelin.
  27 “He regards iron as straw,
  Bronze as rotten wood.
  28 “The Iarrow cannot make him flee;
  Slingstones are turned into stubble for him.
  29 “Clubs are regarded as stubble;
  He laughs at the rattling of the javelin.
  30 “His underparts are [like] sharp potsherds;
  He Ispreads out [like] a threshing sledge on the mire.
  31 “He makes the depths boil like a pot;
  He makes the sea like a jar of ointment.
  32 “Behind him he makes a wake to shine;
  One would think the deep to be gray-haired.
  33aNothing on Iearth is like him,
  One made without fear.
  34IHe looks on everything that is high;
  He is king over all the asons of pride.”

[12] IOr graceful
[13] ILit uncover the face of his garment IISo Gr; Heb bridle
[15] ILit rows of shields
[18] aJb 3:9
[25] IOr gods
[28] ILit son of the bow
[30] IOr moves across
[33] ILit dust aJb 40:19
[34] ICh 41:26 in Heb aJb 28:8


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Of God's great power in the leviathan.

1 ¶ Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord [which] thou lettest down? 2 Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn? 3 Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft [words] unto thee? 4 Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever? 5 Wilt thou play with him as [with] a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens? 6 Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants? 7 Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears? 8 Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more. 9 Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not [one] be cast down even at the sight of him? 10 None [is so] fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before me? 11 Who hath prevented me, that I should repay [him? whatsoever is] under the whole heaven is mine. 12 I will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his comely proportion. 13 Who can discover the face of his garment? [or] who can come [to him] with his double bridle? 14 Who can open the doors of his face? his teeth [are] terrible round about. 15 [His] scales [are his] pride, shut up together [as with] a close seal. 16 One is so near to another, that no air can come between them. 17 They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered. 18 By his neesings a light doth shine, and his eyes [are] like the eyelids of the morning. 19 Out of his mouth go burning lamps, [and] sparks of fire leap out. 20 Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as [out] of a seething pot or caldron. 21 His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth. 22 In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him. 23 The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved. 24 His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether [millstone]. 25 When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of breakings they purify themselves. 26 The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon. 27 He esteemeth iron as straw, [and] brass as rotten wood. 28 The arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones are turned with him into stubble. 29 Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear. 30 Sharp stones [are] under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire. 31 He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment. 32 He maketh a path to shine after him; [one] would think the deep [to be] hoary. 33 Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear. 34 He beholdeth all high [things]: he [is] a king over all the children of pride.

[1] Jb 3:8; Ps 74:14; 104:26; Is 27:1.
[2] Is 27:1; 37:29; Ezk 29:4.
[3] Ps 55:21; Pv 15:1; 18:23; 25:15; Is 30:10.
[4] Gn 1:28; Ex 21:6; Dt 15:17; 1K 20:31; Ps 8:5.
[5] Jg 16:25; Jb 28:11.
[6] Jg 14:11.
[7] Jb 41:26.
[8] 1K 20:11; 2K 10:4; Lk 14:31.
[9] Dt 28:34; 1S 3:11; Is 28:19; Lk 21:11.
[10] Gn 49:9; Nu 24:9; Jb 9:4; 40:9; Ps 2:11; Jr 12:5; Ezk 8:17; 1Co 10:22.
[11] Ex 19:5; Dt 10:14; 1Ch 29:11; Jb 22:2; 35:7; Ps 21:3; 24:1; 50:12; 115:16; Ro 11:35; 1Co 10:26, 28.
[12] Gn 1:25.
[13] 2K 19:28; Ps 32:9; Jm 3:3.
[14] Jb 38:10; Ps 57:4; 58:6; Pv 30:14; Ec 12:4; Dn 7:7.
[15] Jr 9:23; Rv 5:2, 5.
[18] Jb 3:9; Rv 1:14.
[19] Ps 18:8.
[20] Jr 1:13.
[21] Ps 18:8, 12; Is 30:33; Hab 3:5.
[22] Jb 39:19; 40:16; Ho 13:14; 1Co 15:55.
[23] Jb 41:17.
[24] Is 48:4; Jr 5:3; Zc 7:12.
[25] Ps 107:28; Jna 1:4.
[26] Jb 39:21.
[28] Jb 39:7; Hab 1:10.
[29] 2Ch 26:14.
[31] Jb 41:20.
[32] Gn 1:2, 15; 15:15; 25:8; 42:38; Jb 28:14; 38:16, 30; Pv 16:31; 20:29.
[33] Jb 40:19; 41:1, 24.
[34] Ex 5:2; Jb 26:12; Ps 73:6, 10; Is 28:1; Ezk 29:3; Rv 12:1; 13:2; 20:2.


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