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¶ CAN you catch the Leviathan with a hook?
Or draw him out with a cord in his mouth?
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Can you put a bridle in his mouth?
Or bore his jaw with a thorn?
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Will he make many supplications to you?
Or will he speak flattering words to you?
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Will he make a covenant with you?
Or will you count him as a servant for ever?
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Will you play with him as with a bird?
Or will you keep him as a pet for your children?
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Shall fishermen gather over him?
Shall they divide him among many people?
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Can you fill his skin with meat?
Or bake his head with fire?
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Try to capture him;
such a battle you will have!
You will never forget it.
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Behold, Job, you now are set free from your afflictions.
So your God will also remove your bitterness.
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One cannot go far off when Leviathan is stirred up;
but who then is able to stand before me?
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¶ Who has pre-eminence over me, so that I should surrender?
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Whatever is under the whole heaven is mine.
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I will not keep silence because of his power, and the might of his sinews.
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Who has removed his skin?
Who can come near him when the net is lowered?
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Who can open the doors of his mouth?
His teeth are terrible round about.
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His mouth is tied up, and closely shut, as with a seal.
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His teeth are so close together that no air can come between them.
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They are joined one to another, they stick together so that they cannot be separated.
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His appearance is full of light, and his eyes are like rays of the dawn.
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Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out.
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Out of his nostrils goes smoke, like a flame spreading round the sides of a pot.
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His breath kindles coals, and a flame goes out of his mouth.
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He has great strength in his neck, and fear is to him like dancing.
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His meat is good and fat, and it is nourishing.
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His heart is never made to quake for fear, but is firm like a stone;
yea as hard as flint.
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Because of the fear of him, the mighty are afraid;
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And the strong are humbled.
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The wound of the sword is of no effect;
the lances of the mighty he removes.
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He considers iron like straw, and brass like rotten wood.
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The bow cannot make him flee;
he treats slingstones as stubble.
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He laughs at the spear;
he is at home in the deep as if he were on the dry land.
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With his strong body he walks upon the ground.
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He brings to destruction whatever is proud.
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He is a king over all things in the deep.