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17 He moves his tail like a cedar tree; the tendons of his thighs are twisted together [like a rope].

18 His bones are like tubes of bronze; his limbs [or ribs] are like bars of iron.

19 [The hippopotamus] is the first [in magnitude and power] of the works of God [in animal life]; [only] He Who made him provides him with his [swordlike tusks, or only God Who made him can bring near His sword to master him].

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