Job 41:19

19 Flames stream from its mouth; sparks of fire shoot out.

Read Job 41:19 Using Other Translations

Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out.
Out of his mouth go flaming torches; sparks of fire leap forth.
Lightning leaps from its mouth; flames of fire flash out.

What does Job 41:19 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Job 41:19

Out of his mouth go burning lamps, [and] sparks of fire leap
] Which, though hyperbolical expressions, have some foundation for them in the latter; in the vast quantities of water thrown out by the whale, through its mouth or hole in its frontispiece, which in the sun may look like lamps and sparks of fire, as before observed; and especially in the "orcae", or whales with teeth, which eject in the same way an oily mucus, or the fat liquor of the brain, commonly called spermaceti, which may appear more bright and glittering. Ovid F20 says much the same of the boar as is here said of the leviathan.


F20 "Fulmen ab ore venit; frondesque adflatibus ardent". Metamorph. c. 8. Fab. 4.
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