Leviathan (Li-vi´uh-thuhn)

A great, mythological monster. In Ugaritic mythology, Leviathan (appearing by the name Lothan) is one of the primeval sea monsters who battles against Baal. This mythological tradition is referenced in the Bible, where God appears as the victor over the sea monsters (Ps 74:13-14; Job 3:8; Job 26:12-13; Job 41:1-34; Ps 104:26). The references to God “playing” with Leviathan (Ps 104:26; Job 41:5) are explainable on the basis of God’s omnipotence, which reduces this mighty rebellious dragon to a plaything. The future and final destruction of Leviathan becomes a symbol in (Isa 27:1) for the death of the wicked, to be succeeded by the redemption of Israel (Isa 26:20-21, Isa 27:2-13).

Ps 74:13-14

13You divided the sea by your might;
you broke the heads of the dragons in the waters.14You crushed the heads of Leviathan;
you gave him as food for the creatur ... View more

Job 3:8

8Let those curse it who curse the Sea,
those who are skilled to rouse up Leviathan.

Job 26:12-13

12By his power he stilled the Sea;
by his understanding he struck down Rahab.13By his wind the heavens were made fair;
his hand pierced the fleeing serpent.

Job 41:1-34

1 “Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook,
or press down its tongue with a cord?2Can you put a rope in its nose,
or pierce its jaw with a hook?3Will it make ... View more

Ps 104:26

26There go the ships,
and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it.

Ps 104:26

26There go the ships,
and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it.

Job 41:5

5Will you play with it as with a bird,
or will you put it on leash for your girls?

Isa 27:1

Israel's Redemption
1On that day the Lord with his cruel and great and strong sword will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan the twisting serpent, a ... View more

Isa 26:20-21

20Come, my people, enter your chambers,
and shut your doors behind you;
hide yourselves for a little while
until the wrath is past.21For the Lord comes out from ... View more

Isa 27:2-13

2On that day:
A pleasant vineyard, sing about it!3I, the Lord, am its keeper;
every moment I water it.
I guard it night and day
so that no one can harm it;4I ha ... View more

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