The LORD discusses Leviathan. It is vicious. It cannot be captured or tamed. And it has awesome anatomy.
Leviathan. The LORD God’s discussion of Leviathan is longer than his commentary on any other animal.
What is Leviathan? Scholars have different interpretations :
- The seven-headed sea monster Lotion of Ugaritic mythology
- The whale
- The dolphin
- A dinosaur
- A crocodile
VERSE 2. Can you put a rope into his nose, or pierce his jaw through with a hook?
VERSE 3. Will he make many petitions to you, or will he speak soft words to you?
VERSE 4. Will he make a covenant with you, that you should take him for a servant forever?
VERSE 5. Will you play with him as with a bird? Or will you bind him for your girls?
VERSE 6. Will traders barter for him? Will they part him among the merchants?
VERSE 7. Can you fill his skin with barbed irons, or his head with fish spears?
VERSE 8. Lay your hand on him. Remember the battle, and do so no more.
VERSE 9. Behold, the hope of him is in vain. Won’t one be cast down even at the sight of him?
VERSE 10. None is so fierce that he dare stir him up. Who then is he who can stand before me?
Who has first given to me. This reminds us of Romans chapter 11:
Romans 11:35. Or who has first given to him, and it will be repaid to him again?
VERSE 12. “I will not keep silence concerning his limbs, nor his mighty strength, nor his goodly frame.
VERSE 13. Who can strip off his outer garment? Who shall come within his jaws?
VERSE 14. Who can open the doors of his face? Around his teeth is terror.
VERSE 15. Strong scales are his pride, shut up together with a close seal.
VERSE 16. One is so near to another, that no air can come between them.
VERSE 17. They are joined to one another. They stick together, so that they can’t be pulled apart.
VERSE 18. His sneezing flashes out light. His eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.
burning torches. Does this mean Leviathan is a mythical dragon?
VERSE 20. Out of his nostrils a smoke goes, as of a boiling pot over a fire of reeds.
VERSE 21. His breath kindles coals. A flame goes out of his mouth.
VERSE 22. There is strength in his neck. Terror dances before him.
VERSE 23. The flakes of his flesh are joined together. They are firm on him. They can’t be moved.
VERSE 24. His heart is as firm as a stone, yes, firm as the lower millstone.
VERSE 25. When he raises himself up, the mighty are afraid. They retreat before his thrashing.
VERSE 26. If one attacks him with the sword, it can’t prevail; nor the spear, the dart, nor the pointed shaft.
VERSE 27. He counts iron as straw; and bronze as rotten wood.
VERSE 28. The arrow can’t make him flee. Sling stones are like chaff to him.
VERSE 29. Clubs are counted as stubble. He laughs at the rushing of the javelin.
VERSE 30. His undersides are like sharp potsherds, leaving a trail in the mud like a threshing sledge.
VERSE 31. He makes the deep to boil like a pot. He makes the sea like a pot of ointment.
VERSE 32. He makes a path shine after him. One would think the deep had white hair.
VERSE 33. On earth there is not his equal, that is made without fear.
VERSE 34. He sees everything that is high. He is king over all the sons of pride.”
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