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Job 41:2 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Canst thou put a rope into his nose? Or pierce his jaw through with a hook?
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “Can you put a rope in his nose Or pierce his jaw with a hook?
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Canst thou put a hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Wilt thou put a rush-rope into his nose, and pierce his jaw with a spike?
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Wilt thou put a rush-cord on his nose? or, with a thorn, wilt thou pierce his jaw?
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Dost thou put a reed in his nose? And with a thorn pierce his jaw?
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Canst thou put a ring in his nose, or bore through his jaw with a buckle?
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Canst thou put an hooke into his nose? or bore his iawe through with a thorne?
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Or wilt thou fasten a ring in his nostril, and bore his lip with a clasp?
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Canst thou put 7760
{7760} Prime
A primitive root; to put (used in a great variety of applications, literally, figuratively, inferentially and elliptically).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
an hook 100
{0100} Prime
From the same as H0098; a marshy pool (others from a different root, a kettle); by implication a rush (as growing there); collectively a rope of rushes.
into his nose? 639
{0639} Prime
From H0599; properly the nose or nostril; hence the face, and occasionally a person; also (from the rapid breathing in passion) ire.
or bore 5344
{5344} Prime
A primitive root; to puncture, literally (to perforate, with more or less violence) or figuratively (to specify, designate, libel).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
his jaw 3895
{3895} Prime
From an unused root meaning to be soft; the cheek (from its fleshiness); hence the jaw bone.
through with a thorn? 2336
{2336} Prime
From an unused root apparently meaning to pierce; a thorn; by analogy a ring for the nose.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Job 41:2

_ _ hook — rather, “a rope of rushes.”

_ _ thorn — rather, a “ring” or “hook.” So wild beasts were led about when caught (Isaiah 37:29; Ezekiel 29:4); fishes also were secured thus and thrown into the water to keep them alive.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Job 41:1-10.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Job 41:2

Thorn — Or, with an iron hook, or instrument as sharp as a thorn; wherewith thou usest to carry little fishes.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Job 41:2

Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or (m) bore his jaw through with a thorn?

(m) Because he fears lest you should take him.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Isaiah 27:1 In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that [is] in the sea.
Isaiah 37:29 Because thy rage against me, and thy tumult, is come up into mine ears, therefore will I put my hook in thy nose, and my bridle in thy lips, and I will turn thee back by the way by which thou camest.
Ezekiel 29:4-5 But I will put hooks in thy jaws, and I will cause the fish of thy rivers to stick unto thy scales, and I will bring thee up out of the midst of thy rivers, and all the fish of thy rivers shall stick unto thy scales. ... And I will leave thee [thrown] into the wilderness, thee and all the fish of thy rivers: thou shalt fall upon the open fields; thou shalt not be brought together, nor gathered: I have given thee for meat to the beasts of the field and to the fowls of the heaven.
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Is 27:1; 37:29. Ezk 29:4.

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