The Leviathan

A few days ago I posted something about the Behemoth, and today I’ll talk a little bit about the mysterious sea creature mentioned in the Book of Job… the Leviathan.


“Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down? Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?… Who can open the doors of his face? his teeth are terrible round about. His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal… Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out. Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron. His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth.” – Job 41: 1-2, 14, 19-21

The Leviathan has always taken my fancy ever since I was a little kid. The creature the Bible mentions is most likely a kind of extinct sea reptile, something like a Mosasaurus or the like… What do you think?

In Job, the Leviathan is described as a powerful creature, greatly to be feared. This great creature manifests the great power of its Creator.”Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear. He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.”- Job 41: 33-34

The interesting thing is that the Leviathan spewed forth flames from out of his nostrils and mouth… like a dragon of old, something we don’t see these days. As far as we know, there aren’t any more massive sea serpents swimming in our oceans.

But who knows what may be lurking in the dark unknown depths of the sea?. . .


10 thoughts on “The Leviathan

  1. They’ve been having a lot of fun with mosasaurs in movies lately. The one in the “Jurassic World” movies is as big as an average-sized township.

    In my fossil-hunting days I was lucky enough to find a mosasaur tooth, more or less whole but in four pieces that fit together smoothly. It was about three inches long, probably from an animal not as large as the South Plainfield Mall. Say 20 feet or so.

    I don’t know what Leviathan was. For me, the tantalizing thing about those verses in Job is that they are written for an audience who did know what Leviathan was. Hmmm…

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    1. I really like the mosasaur in the Jurassic World series. My brother, who likes to do research on various things, told me that the average size of a mosasaur is about 15 meters, while the one in Jurassic World has the exaggerated length of 50 meters. Well, it makes the movie a little more interesting. I especially like the beginning of Jurassic World 2, when the mosasaur makes striking appearances.

      Wow! You have a mosasaur tooth?! That’s amazing! I only have one shark tooth.

      I don’t know what the Leviathan was exactly either, but I think it kind of looked like a mosasaur or another sea reptile, a one that breathed fire.


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