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Job 41 (Holman Christian Standard)

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1 a Can you pull in Leviathan with a hookb or tie his tongue down with a rope? 2 Can you put a cordc through his nose or pierce his jaw with a hook?d 3 Will he beg you for mercy or speak softly to you? 4 Will he make a covenant with you so that you can take him as a slave forever?e 5 Can you play with him like a bird or put him on a leashf for your girls? 6 Will traders bargain for him or divide him among the merchants? 7 Can you fill his hide with harpoons or his head with fishing spears? 8 Lay ag hand on him. You will remember the battle and never repeat it! 9 h Any hope of [capturing] him proves false. Does a person not collapse at the very sight of him? 10 No one is ferocious [enough] to rouse Leviathan; who then can stand against Me?i 11 Who confronted Me, that I should repay him?j Everything under heaven belongs to Me. 12 I cannot be silent about his limbs, his power, and his graceful proportions. 13 Who can strip off his outer covering? Who can penetrate his double layer of armor?kl 14 Who can open his jaws,m surrounded by those terrifying teeth? 15 [His] pride is in [his] rows of scales, closely sealed together.n 16 One scale is so close to anothero that no air can pass between them. 17 They are joined to one another, so closely connectedp they cannot be separated. 18 His snortingq flashes with light, while his eyes are like the raysr of dawn. 19 Flaming torches shoots from his mouth; fiery sparks fly out! 20 Smoke billows from his nostrilst as from a boiling pot or [burning] reeds. 21 His breath sets coals ablaze, and flames pour out of his mouth.u 22 Strength resides in his neck, and dismay dances before him. 23 The folds of his flesh are joined together, solid as metalv and immovable. 24 His heart is as hard as a rock, as hard as a lower millstone! 25 When Leviathan rises, the mightyw are terrified; they withdraw because of [his] thrashing. 26 The sword that reaches him will have no effect, nor will a spear, dart, or arrow.x 27 He regards iron as straw, and bronze as rotten wood. 28 No arrow can make him flee; slingstones become like stubble to him. 29 A club is regarded as stubble, and he laughs at the whirring of a javelin.y 30 His undersides are jagged potsherds, spreading the mud like a threshing sledge.z 31 He makes the depths seethe like a caldron; he makes the sea like an ointment jar. 32 He leaves a shining wake behind him;aa one would think the deep had white hair! 33 He has no equal on earth- a creature devoid of fear!bb 34 He surveys everything that is haughty; he is king over all the proud beasts.ccdd
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