Job 40:21
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New International Version
Under the lotus plants it lies, hidden among the reeds in the marsh.

New Living Translation
It lies under the lotus plants, hidden by the reeds in the marsh.

English Standard Version
Under the lotus plants he lies, in the shelter of the reeds and in the marsh.

Berean Study Bible
He lies under the lotus plants, hidden among the reeds of the marsh.

New American Standard Bible
"Under the lotus plants he lies down, In the covert of the reeds and the marsh.

King James Bible
He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens.

Christian Standard Bible
He lies under the lotus plants, hiding in the protection of marshy reeds.

Contemporary English Version
It rests in the shade of trees along the riverbank

Good News Translation
He lies down under the thorn bushes, and hides among the reeds in the swamp.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He lies under the lotus plants, hiding in the protection of marshy reeds.

International Standard Version
He lies under the lotus trees, hiding under reeds and marshes.

NET Bible
Under the lotus trees it lies, in the secrecy of the reeds and the marsh.

New Heart English Bible
He lies under the lotus trees, in the covert of the reed, and the marsh.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It lies down under the lotus plants in a hiding place among reeds and swamps.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He lieth under the lotus-trees, In the covert of the reed, and fens.

New American Standard 1977
“Under the lotus plants he lies down, In the covert of the reeds and the marsh.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He shall lie down under the shade, in the covert of the reeds and of the damp places.

King James 2000 Bible
He lies under the shady trees, in the hiding of the reeds, and marsh.

American King James Version
He lies under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens.

American Standard Version
He lieth under the lotus-trees, In the covert of the reed, and the fen.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He sleepeth under the shadow, in the covert of the reed, and in moist places.

Darby Bible Translation
He lieth under lotus-bushes, in the covert of the reed and fen:

English Revised Version
He lieth under the lotus trees, in the covert of the reed, and the fen.

Webster's Bible Translation
He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens.

World English Bible
He lies under the lotus trees, in the covert of the reed, and the marsh.

Young's Literal Translation
Under shades he lieth down, In a secret place of reed and mire.
Study Bible
Job Humbles Himself Before the LORD
20The hills yield him their produce, while all the beasts of the field play nearby. 21He lies under the lotus plants, hidden among the reeds of the marsh. 22The lotus plants conceal him in their shade; the willows of the brook surround him.…
Cross References
Genesis 41:2
when seven cows, sleek and well-fed, came up from the river and began to graze among the reeds.

Job 40:20
The hills yield him their produce, while all the beasts of the field play nearby.

Job 40:22
The lotus plants conceal him in their shade; the willows of the brook surround him.

Psalm 68:30
Rebuke the beast in the reeds, the herd of bulls among the calves of the nations, until it submits, bringing bars of silver. Scatter the nations who delight in war.

Treasury of Scripture

He lies under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens.

the reed

Isaiah 19:6,7 And they shall turn the rivers far away; and the brooks of defense …

Isaiah 35:7 And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land …







(21) He lieth under the shady trees.--If this description applies to any one animal, it seems on the whole more appropriate to the elephant than the hippopotamus. No doubt the judgment of critics has been biased by their pre-conceived notions about the circumstances under which they suppose the Book of Job to have been written; and the author was more likely, it is thought, to have been acquainted with the river-horse of Egypt than with the elephant of India, though, to be sure, elephants abound also in Africa, and may very well have been known to the writer of Job from that quarter, if the other is less likely.

Verse 21. - He listh under the shady trees; or, under the lotus trees (Revised Version). The Lotus sylvestris or Lotus Cyrenaiea "grows abundantly an the hot banks of the Upper Nile" (Cook). and is thought to be the tree here intended (Schultens. Cook, Houghton, and others). But the identification is very doubtful. The dense shade of trees is sought alike by the hippopotamus and the elephant. In the covert of the reed, and fens. This is exactly descriptive of the hippopotamus; far less so of the elephant. Gordon Cumming says, "At every turn there occurred deep still pools, and occasional sandy islands, densely clad with lofty reeds Above and beyond these reeds stood trees of immense age. beneath which grew a rank kind of grass, on which the sea-cow (hippopotamus) delights to pasture" ('Lion-Hunter of South Africa,' p. 297). He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed,

and fens. This may be thought to agree very well with the river horse, the inhabitant of the Nile, where reeds in great plenty grew, and adjoining to which were fenny and marshy places, and shady trees; and, as historians relate (e), this creature takes its lodging among high reeds, and in shady places; yea, the reeds and sugar canes, and the leaves of the papyrus, are part of the food on which it lives; and hence the hunters of them sometimes cover their bait with a reed to take them; though it must be allowed that the elephant delights to be about rivers, and in clayey and fenny places (f), and therefore Aelianus (g) says it may be called the fenny animal.

(e) Ammian. Marcellin. l. 22. Bellonius & Achilles Tatius apud Bochart ut supra. (Apud Hierozoic. par. 2. l. 5. c. 14. col. 760.) (f) Aristot. Hist. Animal. l. 9. c. 46. Plin. l. 8. c. 10. Aelian. de Animal. l. 9. c. 56. (g) lbid. l. 9. c. 24. 21. lieth—He leads an inactive life.

shady trees—rather, "lotus bushes"; as Job 40:22 requires.40:15-24 God, for the further proving of his own power, describes two vast animals, far exceeding man in bulk and strength. Behemoth signifies beasts. Most understand it of an animal well known in Egypt, called the river-horse, or hippopotamus. This vast animal is noticed as an argument to humble ourselves before the great God; for he created this vast animal, which is so fearfully and wonderfully made. Whatever strength this or any other creature has, it is derived from God. He that made the soul of man, knows all the ways to it, and can make the sword of justice, his wrath, to approach and touch it. Every godly man has spiritual weapons, the whole armour of God, to resist, yea, to overcome the tempter, that his never-dying soul may be safe, whatever becomes of his frail flesh and mortal body.
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