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Job 41 King James Version (KJV)

41 Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?

Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?

Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee?

Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever?

Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?

Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants?

Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears?

Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more.

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.

Job 41 Amplified Bible (AMP)

God’s Power Shown in Creatures

41 [a]Can you draw out [b]Leviathan with a fishhook?
Or press down his tongue with a cord?

“Can you put a rope [made] of rushes into his nose
Or pierce his jaw through with a hook?

“Will he make many supplications to you [begging to be spared]?
Or will he speak soft words to you [to coax you to treat him kindly]?

“Will he make a covenant or an arrangement with you?
Will you take him for your servant forever?

“Will you play with him as with a bird?
Or will you bind him [and put him on a leash] for your maidens?

“Will traders bargain over him?
Will they divide him up among the merchants?

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

“Lay your hand on him;
Remember the battle [with him]; you will not do such [an ill-advised thing] again!

[c]Behold, his [assailant’s] hope and expectation [of defeating Leviathan] is false;
Will not one be overwhelmed even at the sight of him?
10 
“No one is so fierce [and foolhardy] that he dares to stir up Leviathan;
Who then is he who can stand before Me [or dares to contend with Me, the beast’s creator]?
11 
“Who has first given to Me that I should repay him?
Whatever is under the whole heaven is Mine. [Who can have a claim against Me who made the unmastered beast?]

12 
“I will not keep silence concerning his limbs,
Nor his mighty strength, nor his orderly frame.
13 
“Who can penetrate or strip off his outer armor?
Who can come to his jaws with a double bridle?
14 
“Who can open the doors (jaws) of his face?
Around his [open jaws and] teeth there is terror.
15 
“His strong scales are his pride,
Bound together 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 stick together and cannot be separated.
18 
“His sneezes flash forth light,
And his eyes are like the [reddish] eyelids of the dawn.
19 
“Out of his mouth go burning torches,
And sparks of fire leap out.
20 
“Out of his nostrils smoke goes forth
As from a boiling pot and [as from] burning rushes.
21 
“His breath kindles coals,
And a flame goes forth from his mouth.
22 
“In Leviathan’s neck resides strength,
And dismay and terror dance before him.
23 
“The folds of his flesh are joined together,
Firm on him and immobile [when he moves].
24 
“His heart is as hard as a stone,
Indeed, as solid as a lower millstone.
25 
“When he raises himself up, the mighty are afraid;
Because of the crashing they are bewildered.
26 
“The sword that reaches him cannot avail,
Nor [does] the spear, the dart, or the javelin.
27 
“He considers iron as straw,
Bronze as rotten wood.
28 
“The arrow cannot make him flee;
Slingstones are treated as stubble by him.
29 
“Clubs [also] are regarded as stubble;
He laughs at the rushing and the rattling of the javelin.
30 
“His underparts are like sharp pieces of broken pottery;
He moves across and spreads out [grooves] like a threshing sledge on the mire (muddy river banks).
31 
“He makes the deep water boil like a pot;
He makes the sea like a [foaming] pot of ointment.
32 
“Behind him he makes a shining wake;
One would think the deep to be gray-haired [with foam].
33 
“Upon earth there is nothing like him—no equal exists,
A creature made without fear.
34 
“He looks on everything that is high [without terror];
He is monarch over all the sons of pride. [And now, Job, [d]who are you who does not dare to disturb the beast, yet who dares resist Me, the beast’s creator? Everything under the heavens is Mine; therefore, who can have a claim against God?]”

Footnotes:

  1. Job 41:1 Ch 40:25 in Hebrew.
  2. Job 41:1 Or the crocodile. In recent years archeologists have uncovered the remains of crocodiles much larger and far more terrifying than those known today.
  3. Job 41:9 Ch 41:4 in Hebrew.
  4. Job 41:34 This repeats the thought of vv 10, 11, which is the key to God’s argument with Job.
Amplified Bible (AMP)

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Job 41 Tree of Life Version (TLV)

41 “See, his hope is wrong,
    he is laid low, even the sight of him.
Is he not fierce when he is roused?
    Who then is able to stand before Me?
Who has confronted Me that I should repay?[a]
Everything under heaven belongs to Me.

“I will not keep silent about his limbs,
    or his might or the grace of his arrangement.
Who can strip off his outer garment?
    Who can penetrate his double armor?
Who can open the doors of his face,
    ringed with fearsome teeth?
His rows of shields are his pride,
    shut up closely as with tight seal;
each so close to the next,
    that no air can pass between.
They are joined one to another;
    they clasp each other and cannot be separated.

10 “He sneezes out flashes of light;
    his eyes are like the eyelids of dawn.
11 Out of his mouth go flames,
    sparks of fire shoot out.
12 Smoke pours from his nostrils,
    as a boiling pot over burning reeds.
13 His breath sets coals ablaze
    and flames dart from his mouth.

14 “Strength resides in his neck;
    dismay runs before him.
15 The folds of his flesh are tightly joined;
    they are firm on him, immovable.
16 His heart is hard as rock,
    hard as a lower millstone.

17 “When he rises up, the mighty are afraid;
    at his crashing they retreat.
18 A sword that reaches him has no effect—
    nor with a spear, dart, or javelin.
19 He regards iron as straw,
    bronze as rotten wood.
20 Arrows do not make him flee;
    sling stones become like chaff to him.
21 A club is regarded as stubble;
    he laughs at the rattling of a lance.

22 “His undersides are jagged potsherds,
    leaving a trail like a threshing sledge in mud.
23 He makes the deep boil like a cauldron
    and stirs up the sea like a pot of ointment.
24 He leaves a shining wake behind him;
    one would think the deep had white hair.
25 Nothing on dry land is his equal—
    a creature without fear.
26 He sees every haughty thing;
    he is king over all who are proud.”

Footnotes:

  1. Job 41:3 cf. Rom. 11:35.
Tree of Life Version (TLV)

Tree of Life (TLV) Translation of the Bible. Copyright © 2015 by The Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society.

Job 41 New Living Translation (NLT)

The Lord’s Challenge Continues

41 [a]“Can you catch Leviathan[b] with a hook
    or put a noose around its jaw?
Can you tie it with a rope through the nose
    or pierce its jaw with a spike?
Will it beg you for mercy
    or implore you for pity?
Will it agree to work for you,
    to be your slave for life?
Can you make it a pet like a bird,
    or give it to your little girls to play with?
Will merchants try to buy it
    to sell it in their shops?
Will its hide be hurt by spears
    or its head by a harpoon?
If you lay a hand on it,
    you will certainly remember the battle that follows.
    You won’t try that again!
[c]No, it is useless to try to capture it.
    The hunter who attempts it will be knocked down.
10 And since no one dares to disturb it,
    who then can stand up to me?
11 Who has given me anything that I need to pay back?
    Everything under heaven is mine.

12 “I want to emphasize Leviathan’s limbs
    and its enormous strength and graceful form.
13 Who can strip off its hide,
    and who can penetrate its double layer of armor?[d]
14 Who could pry open its jaws?
    For its teeth are terrible!
15 The scales on its back are like[e] rows of shields
    tightly sealed together.
16 They are so close together
    that no air can get between them.
17 Each scale sticks tight to the next.
    They interlock and cannot be penetrated.

18 “When it sneezes, it flashes light!
    Its eyes are like the red of dawn.
19 Lightning leaps from its mouth;
    flames of fire flash out.
20 Smoke streams from its nostrils
    like steam from a pot heated over burning rushes.
21 Its breath would kindle coals,
    for flames shoot from its mouth.

22 “The tremendous strength in Leviathan’s neck
    strikes terror wherever it goes.
23 Its flesh is hard and firm
    and cannot be penetrated.
24 Its heart is hard as rock,
    hard as a millstone.
25 When it rises, the mighty are afraid,
    gripped by terror.
26 No sword can stop it,
    no spear, dart, or javelin.
27 Iron is nothing but straw to that creature,
    and bronze is like rotten wood.
28 Arrows cannot make it flee.
    Stones shot from a sling are like bits of grass.
29 Clubs are like a blade of grass,
    and it laughs at the swish of javelins.
30 Its belly is covered with scales as sharp as glass.
    It plows up the ground as it drags through the mud.

31 “Leviathan makes the water boil with its commotion.
    It stirs the depths like a pot of ointment.
32 The water glistens in its wake,
    making the sea look white.
33 Nothing on earth is its equal,
    no other creature so fearless.
34 Of all the creatures, it is the proudest.
    It is the king of beasts.”

Footnotes:

  1. 41:1a Verses 41:1-8 are numbered 40:25-32 in Hebrew text.
  2. 41:1b The identification of Leviathan is disputed, ranging from an earthly creature to a mythical sea monster in ancient literature.
  3. 41:9 Verses 41:9-34 are numbered 41:1-26 in Hebrew text.
  4. 41:13 As in Greek version; Hebrew reads its bridle?
  5. 41:15 As in some Greek manuscripts and Latin Vulgate; Hebrew reads Its pride is in its.
New Living Translation (NLT)

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