Amplified Bible

Job 41

God’s Power Shown in Creatures

1[a]Can you draw out [b]Leviathan with a fishhook?
Or press down his tongue with a cord?

“Can you put a rope [made] of rushes into his nose
Or pierce his jaw through with a hook?

“Will he make many supplications to you [begging to be spared]?
Or will he speak soft words to you [to coax you to treat him kindly]?

“Will he make a covenant or an arrangement with you?
Will you take him for your servant forever?

“Will you play with him as with a bird?
Or will you bind him [and put him on a leash] for your maidens?

“Will traders bargain over him?
Will they divide him up among the merchants?

“Can you fill his skin with harpoons,
Or his head with fishing spears?

“Lay your hand on him;
Remember the battle [with him]; you will not do such [an ill-advised thing] again!

[c]Behold, his [assailant’s] hope and expectation [of defeating Leviathan] is false;
Will not one be overwhelmed even at the sight of him?
10 
“No one is so fierce [and foolhardy] that he dares to stir up Leviathan;
Who then is he who can stand before Me [or dares to contend with Me, the beast’s creator]?
11 
“Who has first given to Me that I should repay him?
Whatever is under the whole heaven is Mine. [Who can have a claim against Me who made the unmastered beast?]

12 
“I will not keep silence concerning his limbs,
Nor his mighty strength, nor his orderly frame.
13 
“Who can penetrate or strip off his outer armor?
Who can come to his jaws with a double bridle?
14 
“Who can open the doors (jaws) of his face?
Around his [open jaws and] teeth there is terror.
15 
“His strong scales are his pride,
Bound together as with a tight seal.
16 
“One is so near to another
That no air can come between them.
17 
“They are joined one to another;
They stick together and cannot be separated.
18 
“His sneezes flash forth light,
And his eyes are like the [reddish] eyelids of the dawn.
19 
“Out of his mouth go burning torches,
And sparks of fire leap out.
20 
“Out of his nostrils smoke goes forth
As from a boiling pot and [as from] burning rushes.
21 
“His breath kindles coals,
And a flame goes forth from his mouth.
22 
“In Leviathan’s neck resides strength,
And dismay and terror dance before him.
23 
“The folds of his flesh are joined together,
Firm on him and immobile [when he moves].
24 
“His heart is as hard as a stone,
Indeed, as solid as a lower millstone.
25 
“When he raises himself up, the mighty are afraid;
Because of the crashing they are bewildered.
26 
“The sword that reaches him cannot avail,
Nor [does] the spear, the dart, or the javelin.
27 
“He considers iron as straw,
Bronze as rotten wood.
28 
“The arrow cannot make him flee;
Slingstones are treated as stubble by him.
29 
“Clubs [also] are regarded as stubble;
He laughs at the rushing and the rattling of the javelin.
30 
“His underparts are like sharp pieces of broken pottery;
He moves across and spreads out [grooves] like a threshing sledge on the mire (muddy river banks).
31 
“He makes the deep water boil like a pot;
He makes the sea like a [foaming] pot of ointment.
32 
“Behind him he makes a shining wake;
One would think the deep to be gray-haired [with foam].
33 
“Upon earth there is nothing like him—no equal exists,
A creature made without fear.
34 
“He looks on everything that is high [without terror];
He is monarch over all the sons of pride. [And now, Job, [d]who are you who does not dare to disturb the beast, yet who dares resist Me, the beast’s creator? Everything under the heavens is Mine; therefore, who can have a claim against God?]”

Notas al pie

  1. Job 41:1 Ch 40:25 in Hebrew.
  2. Job 41:1 Or the crocodile. In recent years archeologists have uncovered the remains of crocodiles much larger and far more terrifying than those known today.
  3. Job 41:9 Ch 41:4 in Hebrew.
  4. Job 41:34 This repeats the thought of vv 10, 11, which is the key to God’s argument with Job.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

约伯记 41

1“你岂能用鱼钩钓鳄鱼,
用绳索绑住它的舌头?
你岂能用绳子穿它的鼻子,
用钩子穿它的腮骨?
它岂会向你连连求饶,
对你说柔和的话?
它岂肯与你立约,
一生做你的奴隶?
你岂能拿它当小鸟玩耍,
或拴起来给幼女取乐?
渔夫们岂能把它当货物出售,
卖给商人?
你岂能在它皮上戳满长矛,
头上插满鱼叉?
你动手碰碰它,
就知道有何恶战,绝不会再碰。
企图捕捉它的都会失望,
人看到它就会心惊胆战。
10 再凶猛的人也不敢惹它。
这样,谁能在我面前站立得住?
11 谁给过我什么,要我偿还?
天下万物都是我的。

12 “论到它的四肢、大力和姣美的身体,
我不能缄默不言。
13 谁能剥去它的外皮?
谁能给它戴上辔头?
14 谁能打开它的口?
它的牙齿令人恐惧。
15 它的脊背覆着行行鳞甲,
牢牢地密封在一起,
16 紧密无间,
连气也透不进去。
17 鳞甲彼此相连相扣,
无法分开。
18 它打喷嚏时,水光四射;
它的眼睛发出晨光;
19 口中喷出火炬,
迸出火星;
20 鼻孔冒烟,
如沸腾的锅和燃烧的芦苇;
21 呼气可点燃煤炭,
口中喷出火焰;
22 颈项强而有力,
恐惧在它前面开路;
23 身上的皱褶紧密相连,
牢牢地密封在一起;
24 心坚如石,
硬如磨石。
25 它一站起来,勇士都害怕,
见它冲来,他们慌忙退缩。
26 刀剑挡不住它,
长矛、标枪、尖戟也无能为力。
27 它视铁如干草,
视铜如朽木。
28 利箭吓不跑它,
弹石在它看来只是碎秸;
29 棍棒无异于秸秆,
它嗤笑投来的标枪。
30 它腹部有锋利的瓦片,
在淤泥上留下道道耙痕。
31 它使深渊如锅翻腾,
大海如油锅滚动。
32 它游过后留下一道波光,
使深渊仿佛披上银发。
33 地上没有动物能与它相比,
像它那样无所畏惧。
34 它藐视群雄,
在高傲的百兽中称王。”