Job 41
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1  See, any hope [of capturing] him must be disappointed; One is prostrated by the very sight of him.

א  הֵן־תֹּחַלְתּוֹ נִכְזָבָה הֲגַם אֶל־מַרְאָיו יֻטָל׃

2  There is no one so fierce as to rouse him; Who then can stand up to Me?

ב  לֹא־אַכְזָר כִּי יְעוּרֶנּוּ וּמִי הוּא לְפָנַי יִתְיַצָּב׃

3  Whoever confronts Me I will requite, For everything under the heavens is Mine.

ג  מִי הִקְדִּימַנִי וַאֲשַׁלֵּם תַּחַת כָּל־הַשָּׁמַיִם לִי־הוּא׃

4  I will not be silent concerning him Or the praise of his martial exploits.

ד  לא־[לוֹ־] אַחֲרִישׁ בַּדָּיו וּדְבַר־גְּבוּרוֹת וְחִין עֶרְכּוֹ׃

5  Who can uncover his outer garment? Who can penetrate the folds of his jowls?

ה  מִי־גִלָּה פְּנֵי לְבוּשׁוֹ בְּכֶפֶל רִסְנוֹ מִי יָבוֹא׃

6  Who can pry open the doors of his face? His bared teeth strike terror.

ו  דַּלְתֵי פָנָיו מִי פִתֵּחַ סְבִיבוֹת שִׁנָּיו אֵימָה׃

7  His protective scales are his pride, Locked with a binding seal.

ז  גַּאֲוָה אֲפִיקֵי מָגִנִּים סָגוּר חוֹתָם צָר׃

8  One scale touches the other; Not even a breath can enter between them.

ח  אֶחָד בְּאֶחָד יִגַּשׁוּ וְרוּחַ לֹא־יָבוֹא בֵינֵיהֶם׃

9  Each clings to each; They are interlocked so they cannot be parted.

ט  אִישׁ־בְּאָחִיהוּ יְדֻבָּקוּ יִתְלַכְּדוּ וְלֹא יִתְפָּרָדוּ׃

10  His sneezings flash lightning, And his eyes are like the glimmerings of dawn.

י  עֲ‍טִישֹׁתָיו תָּהֶל אוֹר וְעֵינָיו כְּעַפְעַפֵּי־שָׁחַר׃

11  Firebrands stream from his mouth; Fiery sparks escape.

mi-PEEV la-pee-DEEM ya-ha-LO-khu kee-DO-day AYSH yit-ma-LA-tu

יא  מִפִּיו לַפִּידִים יַהֲלֹכוּ כִּידוֹדֵי אֵשׁ יִתְמַלָּטוּ׃

41:11   Firebrands stream from his mouth

This verse recalls the description of the revelation at Mount Sinai, in which Hashem revealed Himself with fire: “All the people witnessed the thunder and lightning” (Exodus 20:15). Iyov is echoing a theme repeated in this book, by indicating that God’s glory is defined not just by the fact that He created the world and continues to rule it absolutely, but also on account of the giving of the Torah. The Jewish people worship God not just because He created the world, but because He intervened directly on their behalf by giving them the Law and because He is constantly involved in the day-to-day wellbeing of His people.Comment

12  Out of his nostrils comes smoke As from a steaming, boiling cauldron.

יב  מִנְּחִירָיו יֵצֵא עָשָׁן כְּדוּד נָפוּחַ וְאַגְמֹן׃

13  His breath ignites coals; Flames blaze from his mouth.

יג  נַפְשׁוֹ גֶּחָלִים תְּלַהֵט וְלַהַב מִפִּיו יֵצֵא׃

14  Strength resides in his neck; Power leaps before him.

יד  בְּצַוָּארוֹ יָלִין עֹז וּלְפָנָיו תָּדוּץ דְּאָבָה׃

15  The layers of his flesh stick together; He is as though cast hard; he does not totter.

טו  מַפְּלֵי בְשָׂרוֹ דָבֵקוּ יָצוּק עָלָיו בַּל־יִמּוֹט׃

16  His heart is cast hard as a stone, Hard as the nether millstone.

טז  לִבּוֹ יָצוּק כְּמוֹ־אָבֶן וְיָצוּק כְּפֶלַח תַּחְתִּית׃

17  Divine beings are in dread as he rears up; As he crashes down, they cringe.

יז  מִשֵּׂתוֹ יָגוּרוּ אֵלִים מִשְּׁבָרִים יִתְחַטָּאוּ׃

18  No sword that overtakes him can prevail, Nor spear, nor missile, nor lance.

יח  מַשִּׂיגֵהוּ חֶרֶב בְּלִי תָקוּם חֲנִית מַסָּע וְשִׁרְיָה׃

19  He regards iron as straw, Bronze, as rotted wood.

יט  יַחְשֹׁב לְתֶבֶן בַּרְזֶל לְעֵץ רִקָּבוֹן נְחוּשָׁה׃

20  No arrow can put him to flight; Slingstones turn into stubble for him.

כ  לֹא־יַבְרִיחֶנּוּ בֶן־קָשֶׁת לְקַשׁ נֶהְפְּכוּ־לוֹ אַבְנֵי־קָלַע׃

21  Clubs are regarded as stubble; He scoffs at the quivering javelin.

כא  כְּקַשׁ נֶחְשְׁבוּ תוֹתָח וְיִשְׂחַק לְרַעַשׁ כִּידוֹן׃

22  His underpart is jagged shards; It spreads a threshing-sledge on the mud.

כב  תַּחְתָּיו חַדּוּדֵי חָרֶשׂ יִרְפַּד חָרוּץ עֲלֵי־טִיט׃

23  He makes the depths seethe like a cauldron; He makes the sea [boil] like an ointment-pot.

כג  יַרְתִּיחַ כַּסִּיר מְצוּלָה יָם יָשִׂים כַּמֶּרְקָחָה׃

24  His wake is a luminous path; He makes the deep seem white-haired.

כד  אַחֲרָיו יָאִיר נָתִיב יַחְשֹׁב תְּהוֹם לְשֵׂיבָה׃

25  There is no one on land who can dominate him, Made as he is without fear.

כה  אֵין־עַל־עָפָר מָשְׁלוֹ הֶעָשׂוּ לִבְלִי־חָת׃

26  He sees all that is haughty; He is king over all proud beasts.

 

כו  אֵת־כָּל־גָּבֹהַּ יִרְאֶה הוּא מֶלֶךְ עַל־כָּל־בְּנֵי־שָׁחַץ׃

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