Job 41:5

5 Can you make a pet of it like a bird or put it on a leash for the young women in your house?

Read Job 41:5 Using Other Translations

Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?
Will you play with him as with a bird, or will you put him on a leash for your girls?
Can you make it a pet like a bird, or give it to your little girls to play with?

What does Job 41:5 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Job 41:5

Wilt thou play with him as [with] a bird?
&c.] In the hand or cage: leviathan plays in the sea, but there is no playing with him by land, ( Psalms 104:26 ) ;

or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?
or young girls, as Mr. Broughton renders it; tie him in a string, as birds are for children to play with? Now, though crocodiles are very pernicious to children, and often make a prey of them when they approach too near the banks of the Nile, or whenever they have an opportunity of seizing them F11; yet there is an instance of the child of an Egyptian woman that was brought up with one, and used to play with it F12, though, when grown up, was killed by it; but no such instance can be given of the whale of any sort.


F11 Aelian. l. 10. c. 21.
F12 Maxim. Tyr. Sermon. 38.
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