Canst thou draw out leviathan
with an hook?
or his tongue with a cord
thou lettest down?
Canst thou put an hook into his nose?
or bore his jaw through with a thorn?
Will he make many supplications unto thee?
will he speak soft
Will he make a covenant with thee?
wilt thou take him for a servant for ever?
Wilt thou play with him as
or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?
Shall the companions make a banquet of him?
shall they part him among the merchants?
Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons?
or his head with fish spears?
Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more.
Leviathan's limbs have enormous strength and graceful form. His scales are his pride. He is made without fear.
Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not
be cast down even at the sight of him?
fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before me?
Who hath prevented me, that I should repay
under the whole heaven is mine.
I will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his comely proportion.
Who can discover the face of his garment?
who can come
with his double bridle?
Who can open the doors of his face?
terrible round about.
his pride, shut up together as with a close seal.
One is so near to another, that no air can come between them.
They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered.
By his neesings a light doth shine, and his eyes
like the eyelids of the morning.
Out of his mouth go burning lamps,
sparks of fire leap out.
Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as
of a seething pot or caldron.
His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth.
In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him.
The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in themselves;
they cannot be moved.
His heart is as firm as a stone;
yea, as hard as a piece of the nether
When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of breakings they purify themselves.
The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon.
He esteemeth iron as straw,
brass as rotten wood.
The arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones are turned with him into stubble.
Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear.
under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire.
He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment.
He maketh a path to shine after him;
would think the deep
Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear.
He beholdeth all high things:
he is a king over all the children of pride.
In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan
the piercing serpent, even leviathan
that crooked serpent;
and he shall slay the dragon that
in the sea.
And it shall come to pass in that day,
the LORD shall beat off from the channel of the river unto the stream of Egypt, and ye shall be gathered one by one, O ye children of Israel.
And it shall come to pass in that day,
the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem.
O LORD, how manifold are thy works!
in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.
this great and wide sea, wherein
things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts.
There go the ships: there is that leviathan
thou hast made to play therein.
These wait all upon thee;
that thou mayest give
their meat in due season.
my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.
Thou didst divide the sea by thy strength: thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters.
Thou brakest the heads of leviathan
meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness.
Thou didst cleave the fountain and the flood: thou driedst up mighty rivers.
thine, the night also
thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun.
Lo, let that night be solitary, let no joyful voice come therein.
Let them curse it that curse the day, who are ready to raise up their mourning.
לִוְיָתָן livyâthân, liv-yaw-thawn';
a wreathed animal, i.e. a serpent (especially the crocodile or some other large sea-monster);
figuratively, the constellation of the dragon;
also as a symbol of Babylon:—leviathan, mourning.