Job 41

The Lord Challenges Job

1 "Can you draw out a Leviathan 1 1 with a hook,
Or snare his tongue with a line which you lower?
2 Can you b put a reed through his nose,
Or pierce his jaw with a 3 hook?
3 Will he make many supplications to you?
Will he speak softly to you?
4 Will he make a covenant with you?
Will you take him as a servant forever?
5 Will you play with him as with a bird,
Or will you leash him for your maidens?
6 Will your companions 4 make a banquet of him?
Will they apportion him among the merchants?
7 Can you fill his skin with harpoons,
Or his head with fishing spears?
8 Lay your hand on him;
Remember the battle -
Never do it again!
9 Indeed, any hope of overcoming him is false;
Shall one not be overwhelmed at the sight of him?
10 No one is so fierce that he would dare stir him up.
Who then is able to stand against Me?
11 c Who has preceded Me, that I should pay him?
d Everything under heaven is Mine.

12 "I will not 5 conceal his limbs,
His mighty power, or his graceful proportions.
13 Who can 6 remove his outer coat?
Who can approach him with a double bridle?
14 Who can open the doors of his face,
With his terrible teeth all around?
15 His rows of 7 scales are his pride,
Shut up tightly as with a seal;
16 One is so near another
That no air can come between them;
17 They are joined one to another,
They stick together and cannot be parted.
18 His sneezings flash forth light,
And his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.
19 Out of his mouth go burning lights;
Sparks of fire shoot out.
20 Smoke goes out of his nostrils,
As from a boiling pot and burning rushes.
21 His breath kindles coals,
And a flame goes out of his mouth.
22 Strength dwells in his neck,
And 8 sorrow dances before him.
23 The folds of his flesh are joined together;
They are firm on him and cannot be moved.
24 His heart is as hard as stone,
Even as hard as the lower millstone.
25 When he raises himself up, the mighty are afraid;
Because of his crashings they 9 are beside themselves.
26 Though the sword reaches him, it cannot avail;
Nor does spear, dart, or javelin.
27 He regards iron as straw,
And bronze as rotten wood.
28 The arrow cannot make him flee;
Slingstones become like stubble to him.
29 Darts are regarded as straw;
He laughs at the threat of javelins.
30 His undersides are like sharp potsherds;
He spreads pointed marks in the mire.
31 He makes the deep boil like a pot;
He makes the sea like a pot of ointment.
32 He leaves a shining wake behind him;
One would think the deep had white hair.
33 On earth there is nothing like him,
Which is made without fear.
34 He beholds every high thing;
He is king over all the children of pride."

  1. Cross References
    Psalms 74:14
    You broke the heads of Leviathan in pieces, And gave him as food to the people inhabiting the wilderness.
    Psalms 104:26
    There the ships sail about; There is that Leviathan Which You have made to play there.
    Isaiah 27:1
    In that day the LORD with His severe sword, great and strong, Will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan that twisted serpent; And He will slay the reptile that is in the sea.
  2. Cross References
    2 Kings 19:28
    Because your rage against Me and your tumult Have come up to My ears, Therefore I will put My hook in your nose And My bridle in your lips, And I will turn you back By the way which you came.
    Isaiah 37:29
    Because your rage against Me and your tumult Have come up to My ears, Therefore I will put My hook in your nose And My bridle in your lips, And I will turn you back By the way which you came."
  3. Cross References
    Romans 11:35
    "Or who has first given to Him And it shall be repaid to him?"
  4. Cross References
    Exodus 19:5
    Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice...
    Deuteronomy 10:14
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    Job 9:5 - 10
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    Job 26:6 - 14
    Sheol is naked before Him, And Destruction has ...
    Psalms 24:1
    The earth is the LORD's, and all its fullness, ...
    Psalms 50:12
    If I were hungry, I would not tell you; For the...
    1 Corinthians 10:26
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    1 Corinthians 10:28
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