Job 41 Expanded Bible (EXB)
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.”