Job 41 NIV

1 "Can you pull in the leviathana1 with a fishhook2 or tie down his tongue with a rope?

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    • a 41:1 - Possibly the crocodile
      2 Can you put a cord through his nose3 or pierce his jaw with a hook?4

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      3 Will he keep begging you for mercy?5 Will he speak to you with gentle words?

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      4 Will he make an agreement with you for you to take him as your slave for life?6

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      5 Can you make a pet of him like a bird or put him on a leash for your girls?
      6 Will traders barter for him? Will they divide him up among the merchants?
      7 Can you fill his hide with harpoons or his head with fishing spears?7

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      8 If you lay a hand on him, you will remember the struggle and never do it again!8

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      9 Any hope of subduing him is false; the mere sight of him is overpowering.9

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      10 No one is fierce enough to rouse him.10 Who then is able to stand against me?11

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      11 Who has a claim against me that I must pay?12 Everything under heaven belongs to me.13

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      12 "I will not fail to speak of his limbs,14 his strength15 and his graceful form.

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      13 Who can strip off his outer coat? Who would approach him with a bridle?16

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      14 Who dares open the doors of his mouth,17 ringed about with his fearsome teeth?

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      15 His back hasb rows of shields tightly sealed together;18

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        • b 41:15 - Or "His pride is his"
          16 each is so close to the next that no air can pass between.
          17 They are joined fast to one another; they cling together and cannot be parted.
          18 His snorting throws out flashes of light; his eyes are like the rays of dawn.19

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          19 Firebrands20 stream from his mouth; sparks of fire shoot out.

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          20 Smoke pours from his nostrils21 as from a boiling pot over a fire of reeds.

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          21 His breath22 sets coals ablaze, and flames dart from his mouth.23

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          22 Strength24 resides in his neck; dismay goes before him.

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          23 The folds of his flesh are tightly joined; they are firm and immovable.
          24 His chest is hard as rock, hard as a lower millstone.25

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          25 When he rises up, the mighty are terrified;26 they retreat before his thrashing.27

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          26 The sword that reaches him has no effect, nor does the spear or the dart or the javelin.2829

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          27 Iron he treats like straw30 and bronze like rotten wood.

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              28 Arrows do not make him flee;31 slingstones are like chaff to him.

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              29 A club seems to him but a piece of straw;32 he laughs33 at the rattling of the lance.

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                  30 His undersides are jagged potsherds, leaving a trail in the mud like a threshing sledge.34

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                  31 He makes the depths churn like a boiling caldron35 and stirs up the sea like a pot of ointment.36

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                  32 Behind him he leaves a glistening wake; one would think the deep had white hair.
                  33 Nothing on earth is his equal37-- a creature without fear.

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                  34 He looks down on all that are haughty;38 he is king over all that are proud.39"

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