41 “Can you catch Leviathan [C a large sea creature or monster; 3:8] on a fishhook or tie its tongue down with a rope? 2 Can you put a cord through its nose or ·a hook in its jaw [L pierce its jaw/cheek with a hook]? 3 Will it keep begging you for mercy and speak to you with ·gentle [soft; kind; tender] words? 4 Will it ·make [L cut] an ·agreement [covenant; treaty] with you and let you take it as your slave ·for life [L forever]? 5 Can you ·make a pet of Leviathan [L play with it] as you would a bird or put it on a leash for your girls? 6 Will ·traders [the fishing guild] try to ·bargain [haggle] with you for it? Will they divide it up among the merchants? 7 Can you stick ·darts [harpoons] all over its skin or fill its head with fishing spears? 8 If you put one hand on it, you will ·never forget [L remember] the battle, and you will never do it again! 9 ·There is no hope of defeating it [Any hope of defeating/subduing it will prove a lie]; just seeing it ·overwhelms people [L throws people down]. 10 No one is ·brave [fierce] enough to ·make it angry [arouse it; stir it up], so who would be able to stand up against ·me [or it]? 11 ·No one [L Who…?] has ever ·given me anything that I must pay back [or confronted it and come out whole/safe], ·because everything under the sky belongs to me [or who—under the entire heavens?].
12 “I will ·speak [L not keep quiet] about Leviathan’s ·arms and legs [limbs], its great strength and ·well-formed body [L grace of form]. 13 ·No one [L Who…?] can ·tear off [L expose] its outer ·hide [L garment] or ·poke [enter] through its double armor. 14 ·No one [L Who…?] can force open ·its great jaws [L the doors of its face]; they are filled with frightening teeth. 15 It has rows of shields on its back that are tightly sealed together. 16 Each ·shield is so close to the next one [L draws near the other, so] that no air can go between them. 17 ·They are joined strongly to one another [L Each clings to its neighbor]; they hold on to each other and cannot be ·separated [broken off]. 18 When it ·snorts [sneezes], flashes of light are thrown out, and its eyes look like the light at dawn. 19 Flames blaze from its mouth; sparks of fire shoot out. 20 Smoke pours out of its nose, as if coming from a large pot over a hot fire. 21 Its breath sets coals on fire, and flames come out of its mouth. 22 There is great strength in its neck. ·People are afraid and run away [or Violence leaps before it]. 23 The folds of its skin are tightly joined; they are set and cannot be moved. 24 Its ·chest [L heart] is as hard as a rock, even as hard as a ·grinding stone [lower millstone]. 25 The ·powerful [mighty; or gods] fear ·its terrible looks [L when it lifts itself up] and ·draw back in fear as it moves [or the waves miss their mark/retreat]. 26 The sword that ·hits [approaches] it does not hurt it, nor the arrows, darts, and spears. 27 It ·treats [considers] iron as if it were straw and bronze metal as if it were rotten wood. 28 It does not run away from arrows; stones from slings are like chaff to it. 29 Clubs feel like ·pieces of straw [chaff] to it, and it laughs when they ·shake [rattle] a spear at it. 30 The underside of its body is like ·broken [or sharp] pieces of pottery. It leaves a trail in the mud like a threshing board. 31 It makes the deep sea ·bubble like a boiling [L boil like a] pot; it ·stirs up the sea like a pot of oil [L makes the sea like ointment]. 32 ·When it swims [L After it], it leaves a shining path in the water that makes the sea look as if it had white hair. 33 Nothing else on earth is equal to it; it is a creature without fear. 34 It looks down on all those who are ·too proud [proud; lofty]; it is king over all proud creatures.”
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