Job 41 – Skeptic's Annotated Bible answered

A response and reply to the notes on Job 41 in the Skeptic's Annotated Bible (SAB).

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1 Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?

(41:1-34) "Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord?"
God devotes an entire chapter to a description of a crocodile.
If it was a crocodile, I can't see what is wrong with devoting some time to it. Humans are very fascinated with crocodiles. Just look at movies and zoos.
But although it is thought to be a crocodile, the description given here doesn't fit our modern crocodiles well: they don't breathe fire, verse 19. But a likely candidate is the extinct Sarcosuchus, a monstrous ‘armor-plated’ crocodile.

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

3 Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee?

4 Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever?

5 Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?

6 Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants?

7 Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears?

8 Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more.

9 Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him?

10 None is so fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before me?

11 Who hath prevented me, that I should repay him? whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine.

12 I will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his comely proportion.

13 Who can discover the face of his garment? or who can come to him with his double bridle?

14 Who can open the doors of his face? his teeth are terrible round about.

"His [the leviathan's] teeth are terrible round about."
God has equipped predators with teeth that tear the flesh of their prey.
Before The Fall, no animal ate another animal, see Gen. 1:30. And even up to this day we have descriptions of predators like lions which are fine eating only hay. After The Fall animals started to eat other animals so we have accounts that even sheep can become bird killing predators.
God didn't equip predators with teeth in order to tear of the flesh. They were not designed for that. That this happens after The Fall is because of sin. It is not possible to determine from the teeth if an animal is a predator or not. An example is the oil bird which is classified as a bird of prey but is totally vegetarian.

15 His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal.

16 One is so near to another, that no air can come between them.

17 They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered.

18 By his neesings a light doth shine, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.

19 Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out.

20 Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron.

21 His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth.

22 In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him.

23 The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved.

24 His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone.

25 When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of breakings they purify themselves.

26 The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon.

27 He esteemeth iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood.

28 The arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones are turned with him into stubble.

29 Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear.

30 Sharp stones are under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire.

31 He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment.

32 He maketh a path to shine after him; one would think the deep to be hoary.

33 Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear.

34 He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.