41 1CAN YOU draw out the leviathan (the crocodile) with a fishhook? Or press down his tongue with a cord? 2Can you put a rope into his nose? Or pierce his jaw through with a hook or a spike? 3Will he make many supplications to you [begging to be spared]? Will he speak soft words to you [to coax you to treat him kindly]? 4Will he make a covenant with you to take him for your servant forever? 5Will you play with [the crocodile] as with a bird? Or will you put him on a leash for your maidens? 6Will traders bargain over him? Will they divide him up among the merchants? 7Can you fill his skin with harpoons? Or his head with fishing spears? 8Lay your hand upon him! Remember your battle with him; you will not do [such an ill-advised thing] again! 9Behold, the hope of [his assailant] is disappointed; one is cast down even at the sight of him! 10No one is so fierce [and foolhardy] that he dares to stir up [the crocodile]; who then is he who can stand before Me [the beast’s Creator, or dares to contend with Me]? 11Who has first given to Me, that I should repay him? Whatever is under the whole heavens is Mine. [Therefore, who can have a claim against God, God Who made the unmastered crocodile?] 12I will not keep silence concerning his limbs, nor his mighty strength, nor his goodly frame. 13Who can strip off [the crocodile’s] outer garment? [Who can penetrate his double coat of mail?] Who shall come within his jaws? 14Who can open the doors of his [lipless] mouth? His [extended jaws and bare] teeth are terrible round about. 15His scales are [the crocodile’s] pride, [for his back is made of rows of shields] shut up together [as with] a tight seal; 16One is so near to another that no air can come between them. 17They are joined one to another; they stick together so that they cannot be separated. 18His sneezings flash forth light, and his eyes are like the [reddish] eyelids of the dawn. 19Out of his mouth go burning torches, [and] sparks of fire leap out. 20Out of his nostrils goes forth smoke, as out of a seething pot over a fire of rushes. 21His breath kindles coals, and a flame goes forth from his mouth. 22In [the crocodile’s] neck abides strength, and terror dances before him. 23The folds of his flesh cleave together; they are firm upon him, and they cannot shake [when he moves]. 24His heart is as firm as a stone, indeed, as solid as a nether millstone. 25When [the crocodile] raises himself up, the mighty are afraid; because of terror and the crashing they are beside themselves. 26Even if one strikes at him with the sword, it cannot get any hold, nor does the spear, the dart, or the javelin. 27He counts iron as straw and bronze as rotten wood. 28The arrow cannot make [the crocodile] flee; slingstones are treated by him as stubble. 29Clubs [also] are counted as stubble; he laughs at the rushing and the rattling of the javelin. 30His underparts are like sharp pieces of broken pottery; he spreads [grooves like] a threshing sledge upon the mire. 31He makes the deep boil like a pot; he makes the sea like a [foaming] pot of ointment. 32[His swift darting] makes a shining track behind him; one would think the deep to be hoary [with foam]. 33Upon earth there is not [the crocodile’s] equal, a creature made without fear and he behaves fearlessly. 34He looks all mighty [beasts of prey] in the face [without terror]; he is monarch over all the sons of pride. [And now, Job, [H]who are you who dares not arouse the unmastered crocodile, yet who dares resist Me, the beast’s Creator, to My face? Everything under the heavens is Mine; therefore, who can have a claim against God?]
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