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Job 41 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Unchecked Copy BoxJob 41:1 -

Can you pull in Leviathan with a hook

or tie his tongue down with a rope?

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 41:2 -

Can you put a cord[fn] through his nose

or pierce his jaw with a hook?

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 41:3 -

Will he beg you for mercy

or speak softly to you?

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Will he make a covenant with you

so that you can take him as a slave forever?

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 41:5 -

Can you play with him like a bird

or put him on a leash[fn] for your girls?

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Will traders bargain for him

or divide him among the merchants?

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Can you fill his hide with harpoons

or his head with fishing spears?

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Lay a[fn] hand on him.

You will remember the battle

and never repeat it!

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 41:9 -

Any hope of capturing him proves false.

Does a person not collapse at the very sight of him?

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 41:10 -

No one is ferocious enough to rouse Leviathan;

who then can stand against me?

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 41:11 -

Who confronted me, that I should repay him?

Everything under heaven belongs to me.

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I cannot be silent about his limbs,

his power, and his graceful proportions.

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Who can strip off his outer covering?

Who can penetrate his double layer of armor?[fn]

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Who can open his jaws,[fn]

surrounded by those terrifying teeth?

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His pride is in his rows of scales,

closely sealed together.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 41:16 -

One scale is so close to another[fn]

that no air can pass between them.

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They are joined to one another,

so closely connected[fn] they cannot be separated.

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His snorting[fn] flashes with light,

while his eyes are like the rays[fn] of dawn.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 41:19 -

Flaming torches shoot from his mouth;

fiery sparks fly out!

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Smoke billows from his nostrils

as from a boiling pot or burning reeds.

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His breath sets coals ablaze,

and flames pour out of his mouth.

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Strength resides in his neck,

and dismay dances before him.

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The folds of his flesh are joined together,

solid as metal[fn] and immovable.

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His heart is as hard as a rock,

as hard as a lower millstone!

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When Leviathan rises, the mighty[fn] are terrified;

they withdraw because of his thrashing.

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The sword that reaches him will have no effect,

nor will a spear, dart, or arrow.

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He regards iron as straw,

and bronze as rotten wood.

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No arrow can make him flee;

slingstones become like stubble to him.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 41:29 -

A club is regarded as stubble,

and he laughs at the sound of a javelin.

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His undersides are jagged potsherds,

spreading the mud like a threshing sledge.

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He makes the depths seethe like a cauldron;

he makes the sea like an ointment jar.

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He leaves a shining wake behind him;[fn]

one would think the deep had gray hair!

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He has no equal on earth —

a creature devoid of fear!

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 41:34 -

He surveys everything that is haughty;

he is king over all the proud beasts.[fn]

CSB Footnotes
Lit reed
Lit or bind him
Lit your
LXX; MT reads double bridle
Lit open the doors of his face
Lit One by one they approach
Lit another; they cling together and
Or sneezing
Lit eyelids
Lit together, hard on him
Or the divine beings
Lit a path
Lit the children of pride

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