September 29 - Job 41.12-34

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12What powerful legs, what a stout body
this monster possesses!
13Who could strip off its armor
or bring it under control with a harness?
14Who would try to open its jaws, full of fearsome teeth?
*15Its back is covered with shield after shield,
16firmly bound and closer together 17than breath to breath.

When This Monster Sneezes

18When this monster sneezes, lightning flashes,
and its eyes glow like the dawn.
19Sparks and fiery flames explode from its mouth.
20And smoke spews from its nose
like steam from a boiling pot,
21while its blazing breath
scorches everything in sight.

22Its neck is so tremendous that everyone trembles,
23the weakest parts of its body are harder than iron,
24and its heart is stone.
25When this noisy monster appears, even the most powerful
turn and run in fear.
26No sword or spear can harm it,
27and weapons of bronze or iron are as useless
as straw or rotten wood.
28Rocks thrown from a sling cause it no more harm
than husks of grain.
This monster fears no arrows, 29it simply smiles at spears,
and striking it with a stick is like slapping it with straw.

30As it crawls through the mud, its sharp and spiny hide
tears the ground apart.
31And when it swims down deep,
the sea starts churning like boiling oil,
32and it leaves behind a trail of shining white foam.
33No other creature on earth is so fearless.
34It is king of all proud creatures,
and it looks upon the others as nothing.

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