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Compare Translations for Job 41:26

Job 41:26 ASV
If one lay at him with the sword, it cannot avail; Nor the spear, the dart, nor the pointed shaft.
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Job 41:26 BBE
The sword may come near him but is not able to go through him; the spear, or the arrow, or the sharp-pointed iron.
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Job 41:26 CEB
The sword that touches him won't prevail; neither will the dart, spear, nor javelin.
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Job 41:26 CJB
"If a sword touches him, it won't stick; neither will a spear, or a dart, or a lance.
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Job 41:26 RHE
(41-17) When a sword shall lay at him, it shall not be able to hold, nor a spear, nor a breastplate.
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Job 41:26 ESV
Though the sword reaches him, it does not avail, nor the spear, the dart, or the javelin.
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Job 41:26 GW
A sword may strike it but not pierce it. Neither will a spear, lance, or dart.
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Job 41:26 GNT
There is no sword that can wound him; no spear or arrow or lance that can harm him.
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Job 41:26 HNV
If one lay at him with the sword, it can't avail; Nor the spear, the dart, nor the pointed shaft.
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Job 41:26 CSB
The sword that reaches him will have no effect, nor will a spear, dart, or arrow.
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Job 41:26 KJV
The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold : the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon.
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Job 41:26 LEB
Reaching it [with the] sword does not avail, [nor] [with the] spear, [the] dart, or [the] javelin.
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Job 41:26 NAS
"The sword that reaches him cannot avail, Nor the spear, the dart or the javelin.
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Job 41:26 NCV
The sword that hits it does not hurt it, nor the arrows, darts, and spears.
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Job 41:26 NIRV
A sword that strikes it has no effect. Neither does a spear or dart or javelin.
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Job 41:26 NIV
The sword that reaches him has no effect, nor does the spear or the dart or the javelin.
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Job 41:26 NKJV
Though the sword reaches him, it cannot avail; Nor does spear, dart, or javelin.
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Job 41:26 NLT
No sword can stop it, nor spear nor dart nor pointed shaft.
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Job 41:26 NRS
Though the sword reaches it, it does not avail, nor does the spear, the dart, or the javelin.
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Job 41:26 RSV
Though the sword reaches him, it does not avail; nor the spear, the dart, or the javelin.
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Job 41:26 DBY
If any reach him with a sword, it cannot hold; neither spear, nor dart, nor harpoon.
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Job 41:26 MSG
Javelins bounce harmlessly off his hide, harpoons ricochet wildly.
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Job 41:26 WBT
The sword of him that attacketh him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon.
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Job 41:26 TMB
The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold the spear, the dart, nor the breastplate.
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Job 41:26 TNIV
The sword that reaches it has no effect, nor does the spear or the dart or the javelin.
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Job 41:26 WEB
If one lay at him with the sword, it can't avail; Nor the spear, the dart, nor the pointed shaft.
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Job 41:26 WYC
When sword taketh him, it may not stand, neither spear, neither habergeon. (And when a sword trieth to take him, it shall not succeed, nor a spear, nor a dagger.)
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Job 41:26 YLT
The sword of his overtaker standeth not, Spear -- dart -- and lance.
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Job 41 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 41

Concerning Leviathan.

- The description of the Leviathan, is yet further to convince Job of his own weakness, and of God's almighty power. Whether this Leviathan be a whale or a crocodile, is disputed. The Lord, having showed Job how unable he was to deal with the Leviathan, sets forth his own power in that mighty creature. If such language describes the terrible force of Leviathan, what words can express the power of God's wrath? Under a humbling sense of our own vileness, let us revere the Divine Majesty; take and fill our allotted place, cease from our own wisdom, and give all glory to our gracious God and Saviour. Remembering from whom every good gift cometh, and for what end it was given, let us walk humbly with the Lord.

Job 41 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible


Job 41:1-34 .

1. leviathan--literally, "the twisted animal," gathering itself in folds: a synonym to the Thannin ( Job 3:8 , Margin; see Psalms 74:14 ; type of the Egyptian tyrant Psalms 104:26 , Isaiah 27:1 ; the Babylon tyrant). A poetical generalization for all cetacean, serpentine, and saurian monsters all the description applies to no one animal); especially the crocodile; which is naturally described after the river horse, as both are found in the Nile.
tongue . . . lettest down?--The crocodile has no tongue, or a very small one cleaving to the lower jaw. But as in fishing the tongue of the fish draws the baited hook to it, God asks, Canst thou in like manner take leviathan?

2. hook--rather, "a rope of rushes."
thorn--rather, a "ring" or "hook." So wild beasts were led about when caught ( Isaiah 37:29 , Ezekiel 29:4 ); fishes also were secured thus and thrown into the water to keep them alive.

3. soft words--that thou mayest spare his life. No: he is untamable.

4. Can he be tamed for domestic use (so Job 39:10-12 )?

5. a bird?--that is, tamed.

6. Rather, "partners" (namely, in fishing).
make a banquet--The parallelism rather supports UMBREIT, "Do partners (in trade) desire to purchase him?" So the Hebrew ( Deuteronomy 2:6 ).
merchants--literally, "Canaanites," who were great merchants ( Hosea 12:7 , Margin).

7. His hide is not penetrable, as that of fishes.

8. If thou lay . . . thou wilt have reason ever to remember . . . and thou wilt never try it again.

9. the hope--of taking him.
cast down--with fear "at the (mere) sight of him."

10. fierce--courageous. If a man dare attack one of My creatures ( Genesis 49:9 , Numbers 24:9 ), who will dare (as Job has wished) oppose himself ( Psalms 2:2 ) to Me, the Creator? This is the main drift of the description of leviathan.

11. prevented--done Me a favor first: anticipated Me with service ( Psalms 21:3 ). None can call Me to account ("stand before Me," Job 41:10 ) as unjust, because I have withdrawn favors from him (as in Job's case): for none has laid Me under a prior obligation by conferring on Me something which was not already My own. What can man give to Him who possesses all, including man himself? Man cannot constrain the creature to be his "servant" ( Job 41:4 ), much less the Creator.

12. I will not conceal--a resumption of the description broken off by the digression, which formed an agreeable change.
his power--literally, "the way," that is, true proportion or expression of his strength (so Hebrew, Deuteronomy 19:4 ).
comely proportion--literally, "the comeliness of his structure" (his apparatus: so "suit of apparel" Judges 17:10 ) [MAURER]. UMBREIT translates, "his armor." But that follows after.

13. discover--rather, "uncover the surface" of his garment (skin, Job 10:11 ): strip off the hard outer coat with which the inner skin is covered.
with--rather, "within his double jaws"; literally, "bridle"; hence that into which the bridle is put, the double row of teeth; but "bridle" is used to imply that none dare put his hand in to insert a bridle where in other animals it is placed ( Job 41:4 , 39:10 ).

14. doors of . . . face--his mouth. His teeth are sixty in number, larger in proportion than his body, some standing out, some serrated, fitting into each other like a comb [BOCHART].

15. Rather, his "furrows of shields" (as "tubes," "channels," that is, the rows of scales, like shields covering him: he has seventeen such rows.
shut up--firmly closed together. A musket ball cannot penetrate him, save in the eye, throat, and belly.

18. Translate: "his sneezing, causeth a light to shine." Amphibious animals, emerging after having long held their breath under water, respire by violently expelling the breath like one sneezing: in the effort the eyes which are usually directed towards the sun, seem to flash fire; or it is the expelled breath that, in the sun, seems to emit light.
eyelids of morning--The Egyptian hieroglyphics paint the eyes of the crocodile as the symbol for morning, because the eyes appear the first thing, before the whole body emerges from the deep [Horæ Hierogliphicæ 1.65. BOCHART].

19. burning lamps--"torches"; namely, in respiring ( Job 41:18 ), seem to go out.

20. seething--boiling: literally, "blown under," under which a fire is blown.

21. kindleth coals--poetical imagery ( Psalms 18:8 ).

22. remaineth--abideth permanently. His chief strength is in the neck.
sorrow--anxiety or dismay personified.
is turned into joy--rather, "danceth," "exulteth"; wherever he goes, he spreads terror "before him."

23. flakes--rather, "dewlaps"; that which falls down (Margin). They are "joined" fast and firm, together, not hanging loose, as in the ox.
are firm--UMBREIT and MAURER, "are spread."
in themselves--rather, "upon him."

24. heart--"In large beasts which are less acute in feeling, there is great firmness of the heart, and slower motion" [BOCHART]. The nether millstone, on which the upper turns, is especially hard.

25. he--the crocodile; a type of the awe which the Creator inspires when He rises in wrath.
breakings--namely, of the mind, that is, terror.
purify themselves--rather, "they wander from the way," that is, flee away bewildered [MAURER and UMBREIT].

26. cannot hold--on his hard skin.
habergeon--coat of mail; avail must be taken by zeugma out of "hold," as the verb in the second clause: "hold" cannot apply to the "coat of mail."

27. iron . . . brass--namely, weapons.

28. arrow--literally, "son of the bow"; Oriental imagery ( Lamentations 3:13 ; Margin).
stubble--Arrows produce no more effect than it would to throw stubble at him.

29. Darts--rather, "clubs"; darts have been already mentioned ( Job 41:26 ).

30. stones--rather, "potsherds," that is, the sharp and pointed scales on the belly, like broken pieces of pottery.
sharp-pointed things--rather, "a threshing instrument," but not on the fruits of the earth, but "on the mire"; irony. When he lies on the mire, he leaves the marks of his scales so imprinted on it, that one might fancy a threshing instrument with its sharp teeth had been drawn over it ( Isaiah 28:27 ).

31. Whenever he moves.
sea--the Nile ( Isaiah 19:5 , Nahum 3:8 ).
pot of ointment--the vessel in which it is mixed. Appropriate to the crocodile, which emits a musky smell.

32. path--the foam on his track.
hoary--as hair of the aged.

33. who--being one who, &c.

34. beholdeth--as their superior.
children of pride--the proud and fierce beasts. So Job 28:8 ; Hebrew, "sons of pride." To humble the pride of man and to teach implicit submission, is the aim of Jehovah's speech and of the book; therefore with this as to leviathan, the type of God in His lordship over creation, He closes.