Job 41:4

4 Will it make an agreement with you for you to take it as your slave for life?

Job 41:4 in Other Translations

KJV
4 Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever?
ESV
4 Will he make a covenant with you to take him for your servant forever?
NLT
4 Will it agree to work for you, to be your slave for life?
MSG
4 Will he apply for a job with you to run errands and serve you the rest of your life?
CSB
4 Will he make a covenant with you so that you can take him as a slave forever?

Job 41:4 Meaning and Commentary

Job 41:4

Will he make a covenant with thee?
&c.] To live in friendship or servitude, as follows;

wilt thou take him for a servant for ever?
oblige him to serve thee for life, or reduce him to perpetual bondage; signifying, that he is not to be tamed or brought into subjection; which is true of the whale, but not of the crocodile; for several authors F9 speak of them as making a sort of a truce with the priests of Egypt for a certain time, and of their being tamed so as to be handled, and fed, and brought up in the house.


FOOTNOTES:

F9 Herodot, ut supra, (Euterpe, sive, l. 2.) c. 69. Aelian. l. 8. c. 2. & l. 10. c. 21. Solin. c. 45. Plin. l. 8. c. 46.

Job 41:4 In-Context

2 Can you put a cord through its nose or pierce its jaw with a hook?
3 Will it keep begging you for mercy? Will it speak to you with gentle words?
4 Will it make an agreement with you for you to take it as your slave for life?
5 Can you make a pet of it like a bird or put it on a leash for the young women in your house?
6 Will traders barter for it? Will they divide it up among the merchants?

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