1 "Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook? Or {can you tie down its mouth with a cord}? 2 Can you put a rope in its nose? Or can you pierce its jawbone with a hook? 3 Will it make numerous pleas for mercy to you? Or will it speak gentle words to you? 4 Will it make a covenant with you? Will you take it as a slave forever? 5 Will you play with it as [with] birds and put it on a leash for your girls? 6 Will guildsmen bargain over it? Will they divide it between tradesmen? 7 Can you fill its kin with harpoons or its head with fish spears? 8 Lay your hands on it; think about [the] battle--you will not do [it] again! 9 "Look, {the hope of capturing it} is false. Will one be hurled down even at its sight? 10 [Is] it not fierce when somebody stirs it? Who [then] [is] he [who] would stand {before it}? 11 Who has come to confront me, that I should repay [him]? Under all the heavens, {it belongs to me}.
12 "I will not keep quiet [concerning] its limbs or concerning [the] extent of its might and [the] gracefulness of its frame. 13 Who can strip off {its outer covering}? Who can penetrate its double harness? 14 Who can open [the] doors of its face? Its teeth all around [are] fearsome. 15 Its back [has] scales of shields; it is shut up closely [as with] a seal. 16 They are close {to one another}-- even [the] air cannot come between them. 17 They are joined {one to another}; they cling together and cannot be separated. 18 "Its snorting flashes forth light, and its eyes [are] {red like dawn}. 19 Torches go from its mouth; sparks of fire shoot out. 20 Smoke comes from its nostrils as [from] a kettle boiling and [burning] bulrushes. 21 Its breath kindles charcoal, and a flame comes from its mouth. 22 "Strength abides in its neck, and dismay dances {before it}. 23 Its flesh's folds of skin cling together; it is cast on it--it will not be moved. 24 Its heart is cast as stone; yes, it is cast as [the] lower millstone. 25 {When it raises itself}, [the] mighty ones are terrified; they retreat because of its thrashing. 26 Reaching it [with the] sword does not avail, [nor] [with the] spear, [the] dart, or [the] javelin. 27 It regards iron as straw, bronze as rotten wood. 28 {An arrow} will not make it flee; sling stones are turned to stubble for it. 29 Clubs are regarded as stubble, and it laughs at [the] short sword's rattle. 30 "Its underparts [are] shards of a potsherd; it moves over mud [like] a threshing sledge. 31 It makes [the] deep boil like a cooking pot; it makes [the] sea like a pot of ointment. 32 Behind it, {it leaves a glistening wake}; one would think [that] the deep [has] gray hair. 33 "{On the ground it has no equal}-- a creature without fear. 34 It observes all [the] lofty; it [is] king {over all that are proud}."