1 Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?
1 "Can you draw Leviathan out of the water with a hook, or tie down his tongue with a rope?
1 Can you draw out the leviathan (the crocodile) with a fishhook? Or press down his tongue with a cord?
2 Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?
2 Can you attach a bridle to his snout, or pierce his jaw with a hook?
2 Can you put a rope into his nose? Or pierce his jaw through with a hook or a spike?
3 “Will he make many supplications to you,Or will he speak to you soft words?
3 Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee?
3 Will he beg you for mercyor speak softly to you?
3 Will he make many supplications to you, or will he beg you for mercy?
3 Will he make many supplications to you [begging to be spared]? Will he speak soft words to you [to coax you to treat him kindly]?
4 “Will he make a covenant with you?Will you take him for a servant forever?
4 Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever?
4 Will he try to make a deal with you, so that you may take him in servitude forever?
4 Will he make a covenant with you to take him for your servant forever?
5 “Will you play with him as with a bird,Or will you bind him for your maidens?
5 Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?
5 "Will you play with him like a pet bird? Will you put a leash on him for your little girls?
5 Will you play with [the crocodile] as with a bird? Or will you put him on a leash for your maidens?
6 Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants?
6 Will traders bargain for himor divide him among the merchants?
6 Will your business be able to buy him, Will you divide him among your merchant friends?
6 Will traders bargain over him? Will they divide him up among the merchants?
7 “Can you fill his skin with harpoons,Or his head with fishing spears?
7 Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears?
7 Can you fill his hide with harpoonsor his head with fishing spears?
7 Will you fill his flesh with harpoons, or his head with lances?
7 Can you fill his skin with harpoons? Or his head with fishing spears?
8 Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more.
8 Lay your hand on him, and you'll remember the struggle. You'll never do that again!
8 Lay your hand upon him! Remember your battle with him; you will not do [such an ill-advised thing] again!
9 Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him?
9 "Look! Anyone's hope to capture him will prove itself false; anyone would be terrified just by looking at him.
9 Behold, the hope of [his assailant] is disappointed; one is 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?
10 No one is fierce enough to dare to arouse him. "Who, then, can stand in my presence and face me?
10 No one is so fierce [and foolhardy] that he dares to stir up [the crocodile]; who then is he who can stand before Me [the beast's Creator, or dares to contend with Me]?
11 Who hath prevented me, that I should repay him? whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine.
11 Who can take me to court and be reconciled to me? All of heaven is mine.
11 Who has first given to Me, that I should repay him? Whatever is under the whole heavens is Mine. [Therefore, who can have a claim against God, God Who made the unmastered crocodile?]
12 I will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his comely proportion.
12 I cannot be silent about his limbs,his power, and his graceful proportions.
12 "I won't be silent concerning his limbs, his mighty strength, and orderly frame.
12 I will not keep silence concerning his limbs, nor his mighty strength, nor his goodly frame.
13 Who can discover the face of his garment? or who can come to him with his double bridle?
13 Who can strip off his outer armor? Who can approach him with a bridle?
13 Who can strip off [the crocodile's] outer garment? [Who can penetrate his double coat of mail?] Who shall come within his jaws?
14 “Who can open the doors of his face?Around his teeth there is terror.
14 Who can open the doors of his face? his teeth are terrible round about.
14 Who dares to open his mouth, since it is ringed with his terrible teeth!
14 Who can open the doors of his [lipless] mouth? His [extended jaws and bare] teeth are terrible round about.
15 His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal.
15 His pride is in his rows of scales,closely sealed together.
15 His protective scales are his pride, they lie sealed tightly together.
15 His scales are [the crocodile's] pride, [for his back is made of rows of shields] shut up together [as with] a tight seal;
16 “One is so near to anotherThat no air can come between them.
16 One is so near to another, that no air can come between them.
16 Each one is so close to the other that not even air comes in between them.
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.
17 They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered.
17 Each is attached to the other, grasping each other so they cannot be separated.
17 They are joined one to another; they stick together so that they cannot be separated.
18 By his neesings a light doth shine, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.
18 "His snorting releases flashes of light; his eyes are like the rays of the dawn.
18 His sneezings flash forth light, and his eyes are like the [reddish] eyelids of the dawn.
19 “Out of his mouth go burning torches;Sparks of fire leap forth.
19 Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out.
19 Flaming torches shoot from his mouth;fiery sparks fly out!
19 Flames blaze from his mouth; streams of sparking fire fly out.
19 Out of his mouth go burning torches, [and] sparks of fire leap out.
20 “Out of his nostrils smoke goes forthAs from a boiling pot and burning rushes.
20 Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron.
20 Smoke billows from his nostrils; like a boiling pot or burning reeds.
20 Out of his nostrils goes forth smoke, as out of a seething pot over a fire of rushes.
21 “His breath kindles coals,And a flame goes forth from his mouth.
21 His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth.
21 His breath sets coals ablaze,and flames pour out of his mouth.
21 His breath can ignite coal; and flames proceed from his mouth.
21 His breath kindles coals, and a flame goes forth from his mouth.
22 “In his neck lodges strength,And dismay leaps before him.
22 In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him.
22 Strength resides in his neck,and dismay dances before him.
22 "His neck is so powerful that all who meet him are terrified.
22 In [the crocodile's] neck abides strength, and terror dances before him.
23 “The folds of his flesh are joined together,Firm on him and immovable.
23 The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved.
23 There is no flaw in his body's armor; it is firmly fixed on him and unbreachable.
23 The folds of his flesh cleave together; they are firm upon him, and they cannot shake [when he moves].
24 “His heart is as hard as a stone,Even as hard as a lower millstone.
24 His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone.
24 His heart is as hard as a rock,as hard as a lower millstone!
24 His heart is as strong as stone, it is as hard as a lower millstone.
24 His heart is as firm as a stone, indeed, as solid as a nether millstone.
25 When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of breakings they purify themselves.
25 When he rears up, the mighty are terrified; they are bewildered as he thrashes about.
25 When [the crocodile] raises himself up, the mighty are afraid; because of terror and the crashing they are beside themselves.
26 “The sword that reaches him cannot avail,Nor the spear, the dart or the javelin.
26 The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon.
26 The sword that reaches him will have no effect,nor will a spear, dart, or arrow.
26 "Thrusting at him with a sword won't be effective, nor will spears, darts, or javelins.
26 Even if one strikes at him with the sword, it cannot get any hold, nor does the spear, the dart, or the javelin.
28 The arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones are turned with him into stubble.
28 No arrow can make him flee;slingstones become like stubble to him.
28 Arrows won't make him flee; stones from a sling are only pebbles to him.
28 The arrow cannot make [the crocodile] flee; slingstones are treated by him as stubble.
29 “Clubs are regarded as stubble;He laughs at the rattling of the javelin.
29 Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear.
29 Clubs are like twigs; he laughs at the whoosh of the javelin.
29 Clubs [also] are counted as stubble; he laughs at the rushing and the rattling of the javelin.
30 Sharp stones are under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire.
30 "Beneath him he is armored as with sharp potsherds; he tears through muddy ground like a threshing sledge through grain.
30 His underparts are like sharp pieces of broken pottery; he spreads [grooves like] a threshing sledge upon the mire.
31 “He makes the depths boil like a pot;He makes the sea like a jar of ointment.
31 He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment.
31 He makes the depths seethe like a cauldron;he makes the sea like an ointment jar.
31 He causes the deep to boil like water in a pot, and churns the sea like one stirs ointment.
31 He makes the deep boil like a pot; he makes the sea like a [foaming] pot of ointment.
32 “Behind him he makes a wake to shine;One would think the deep to be gray-haired.
32 He maketh a path to shine after him; one would think the deep to be hoary.
32 The sea is luminescent behind him; his wake turns the sea white, like those with gray hair.
32 [His swift darting] makes a shining track behind him; one would think the deep to be hoary [with foam].
33 Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear.
33 He has no equal on earth—a creature devoid of fear!
33 "There's nothing like him on earth; he was created without the ability to fear.
33 Upon earth there is not [the crocodile's] equal, a creature made without fear and he behaves fearlessly.
34 He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.
34 He looks down on everything that is high; he rules over every kind of pride."
34 He looks all mighty [beasts of prey] in the face [without terror]; he is monarch over all the sons of pride. [And now, Job, who are you who dares not arouse the unmastered crocodile, yet who dares resist Me, the beast's Creator, to My face? Everything under the heavens is Mine; therefore, who can have a claim against God?]
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