If you cannot defeat leviathan in hand-to-hand combat, how can you contend with the Lord?

Job Bible Background

07.09.2019 – Old Testament: Job 41.1–7

To read the Bible in a year, read Job 40–42 on July 9, In the year of our Lord 2019

By Don Ruhl

Job had said that he wanted to contend with Almighty God in court, but then God showed up and presented situations where Job could not win in a contest with one of God’s creations. Why would Job think he could win against God?

“Can you draw out Leviathan with a hook,
Or snare his tongue with a line which you lower?
Can you put a reed through his nose,
Or pierce his jaw with a hook?
Will he make many supplications to you?
Will he speak softly to you?
Will he make a covenant with you?
Will you take him as a servant forever?
Will you play with him as with a bird,
Or will you leash him for your maidens?
Will your companions make a banquet of him?
Will they apportion him among the merchants?
Can you fill his skin with harpoons,
Or his head with fishing spears?”
(Job 41.1–7)

Job would not even have thought of fighting this great reptile of the sea. Why then would Job think he could win an argument against the Creator of leviathan?


  • Have you tried to out-argue God?
  • Who won?

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