Job 40:22

22 The lotuses conceal it in their shadow; the poplars by the stream surround it.

Read Job 40:22 Using Other Translations

The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about.
For his shade the lotus trees cover him; the willows of the brook surround him.
The lotus plants give it shade among the willows beside the stream.

What does Job 40:22 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Job 40:22

The shady trees cover him [with] their shadow
Under which it lies, as in ( Job 40:21 ) ; which is thought not so well to agree with the elephant, since, according to Aelianus F8 and other writers, it lies not down, at least but rarely, but sleeps standing; it being very troublesome to it to lie down and rise up again; and besides it is represented by some authors F9 as higher than the trees, and therefore this is supposed to agree better with the river horse; especially since it follows,

the willows of the brook compass him about;
or the willows of the Nile, as some choose to render it; which would put it out of all doubt that the river horse is intended, if it could be established, it being an inhabitant of that river; and yet the above writer F11 speaks of elephants, when grown old, seeking large thick and shady woods to take up their abode in.


FOOTNOTES:

F8 Ibid. (Aelian. de Animal.) c. 31.
F9 Ibid. l. 7. c. 6.
F11 Ibid. c. 2.
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