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1 Canst thou draw out leviathan with a hook or with the cord [which] thou lettest down on his tongue?

2 Canst thou put a hook into his nose or bore his jaw through with a thorn?

3 Will he make many supplications unto thee? Will he speak soft [words] unto thee?

4 Will he make a covenant with thee that thou shall take him for a servant for ever?

5 Wilt thou play with him as [with] a bird, or wilt thou tie him up for thy maidens?

6 Shall the companions make a banquet of him? Shall they part him among the merchants?

7 Canst thou cut his skin with knives or his head with a fish spear?

8 Lay thine hand upon him; thou shalt remember the battle and do no more.

9 Behold, your hope [regarding] him shall fail; for even at the sight of him they shall faint.

10 No one [is so] bold as to dare stir him up; who then shall be able to stand before me?

11 Who has preceded me, that I should repay [him]? All that is under the whole heaven is mine.

12 I will not conceal his lies, nor his might, nor the beauty of his order.

13 Who shall uncover the face of his garment? [Or] who shall come to him with a double bridle?

14 Who shall open the doors of his face? The orders of his teeth [are] terrible.

15 His scales [are his] pride, shut up together [as with] a close 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, that they cannot be separated.

18 By his sneezings lights are lit, and his eyes [are] like the eyelids of the morning.

19 Out of his mouth go burning lamps, [and] sparks of fire leap out.

20 Out of his nostrils goes forth smoke, as [out] of a seething pot or caldron.

21 His breath kindles coals, and a flame goes out of his mouth.

22 In his neck dwells strength, and before him the work is undone.

23 The failings of his flesh are joined together; [his flesh] is firm in him and does not move.

24 His heart is as firm as a stone; as hard as a piece of the lower [millstone].

25 Of his greatness, the mighty are afraid; by reason of breakings they remove sin from themselves.

26 When one catches up to him, no sword or spear or dart or coat of mail shall endure [against him].

27 He esteems iron as straw [and] bronze as rotten wood.

28 The arrow cannot make him flee; with him, slingstones are turned into stubble.

29 He counts any weapon as stubble; he laughs at the shaking of a spear.

30 Broken clay vessels [are] under him; he carves his imprint upon the mire.

31 He makes the deep to boil like a pot; he makes the sea like a pot of ointment.

32 He makes the path shine after him; [one] would think the deep [to be] hoary.

33 Upon earth there is not his like, who behaves without fear.

34 He despises all exalted [things]; he is king over all the sons of pride.: