Book of Job

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Leviathan Term Analysis

Leviathan is a great primeval creature whose identity isn’t clear from the poetic description, though Bible scholars have speculated that it’s a crocodile or a mythic sea monster. When God questions Job, God names Leviathan as an example of one of his great creations. Leviathan is described as having an armored coat, sharp teeth, and fiery breath. Though no weapon can pierce this fearsome creature, God can tame it and even play with it like a pet.

Leviathan Quotes in Book of Job

The Book of Job quotes below are all either spoken by Leviathan or refer to Leviathan. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Suffering and Divine Justice Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Oxford University Press edition of Book of Job published in 2001.
Chapter 41 Quotes

Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook,
or press down its tongue with a cord?

Can you put a rope in its nose,
or pierce its jaw with a hook?

[…]

Will you play with it as with a bird,
or will you put it on leash for your girls?

Related Characters: God (speaker), Job
Page Number: 41:1-5
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Leviathan Term Timeline in Book of Job

The timeline below shows where the term Leviathan appears in Book of Job. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 41
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Human Wisdom vs. Divine Wisdom Theme Icon
Can Job draw Leviathan out with a fishhook? Can he put a rope in its nose? Can he play... (full context)