Shall thy companions make a banquet of him?
&c.] The fishermen that join together in catching fish, shall they make a feast for joy at taking the leviathan? which suggests that he is not to be taken by them, and so they have no opportunity or occasion for a feast: or will they feed on him? the flesh of crocodiles is by some eaten, and said
F13 to be very savoury, but not the flesh of the whale;
shall they part him among the merchants?
this seems to favour the crocodile, which is no part of merchandise, and to be against the whale, which, at least in our age, occasions a considerable trade for the sake of the bone and oil: but perhaps, in those times and countries in which Job lived, the use of them might not be known.
F13 Leo Africanus & Aelian. ut supra. (l. 10. c. 21.)