So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
It was you who split open the sea by your power; you broke the heads of the monster in the waters.It was you who crushed the heads of Leviathan and gave it as food to the creatures of the desert.
The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen,
“ Can you pull in Leviathan with a fishhook or tie down its tongue with a rope?Can you put a cord through its nose or pierce its jaw with a hook?Will it keep begging you for mercy? Will it speak to you with gentle words?Will it make an agreement with you for you to take it as your slave for life?Can you make a pet of it like a bird or put it on a leash for the young women in your house?Will traders barter for it? Will they divide it up among the merchants?Can you fill its hide with harpoons or its head with fishing spears?If you lay a hand on it, you will remember the struggle and never do it again!Any hope of subduing it is false; the mere sight of it is overpowering.No one is fierce enough to rouse it. Who then is able to stand against me?Who has a claim against me that I must pay? Everything under heaven belongs to me.“ I will not fail to speak of Leviathan’s limbs, its strength and its graceful form.Who can strip off its outer coat? Who can penetrate its double coat of armor?Who dares open the doors of its mouth, ringed about with fearsome teeth?Its back has rows of shields tightly sealed together;each is so close to the next that no air can pass between.They are joined fast to one another; they cling together and cannot be parted.Its snorting throws out flashes of light; its eyes are like the rays of dawn.Flames stream from its mouth; sparks of fire shoot out.Smoke pours from its nostrils as from a boiling pot over burning reeds.Its breath sets coals ablaze, and flames dart from its mouth.Strength resides in its neck; dismay goes before it.The folds of its flesh are tightly joined; they are firm and immovable.Its chest is hard as rock, hard as a lower millstone.When it rises up, the mighty are terrified; they retreat before its thrashing.The sword that reaches it has no effect, nor does the spear or the dart or the javelin.Iron it treats like straw and bronze like rotten wood.Arrows do not make it flee; slingstones are like chaff to it.A club seems to it but a piece of straw; it laughs at the rattling of the lance.Its undersides are jagged potsherds, leaving a trail in the mud like a threshing sledge.It makes the depths churn like a boiling caldron and stirs up the sea like a pot of ointment.It leaves a glistening wake behind it; one would think the deep had white hair.Nothing on earth is its equal— a creature without fear.It looks down on all that are haughty; it is king over all that are proud.”
Awake, awake, arm of the Lord, clothe yourself with strength! Awake, as in days gone by, as in generations of old. Was it not you who cut Rahab to pieces, who pierced that monster through?Was it not you who dried up the sea, the waters of the great deep, who made a road in the depths of the sea so that the redeemed might cross over?
In that day, the Lord will punish with his sword— his fierce, great and powerful sword— Leviathan the gliding serpent, Leviathan the coiling serpent; he will slay the monster of the sea.
There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number— living things both large and small.There the ships go to and fro, and Leviathan, which you formed to frolic there.