A large cat identified by its characteristic spots (Jer 13:23). It is at home in mountainous terrain, especially Mt. Hermon and Lebanon (Song 4:8). As a predator, the leopard represented a great danger to shepherds and their flocks as well as to travelers (Jer 5:6; Sir 28:23), and cessation of such predatory activity will characterize the time of God’s final peace (Isa 11:6). (Hab 1:8) mentions horses that are swifter than the leopard, but this probably refers instead to the cheetah, another large cat once present in the area and trained for use in hunting.
23Can Ethiopians change their skin
or leopards their spots?
Then also you can do good
who are accustomed to do evil.
8Come with me from Lebanon, my bride;
come with me from Lebanon.
Depart from the peak of Amana,
from the peak of Senir and Hermon,
from the dens of lions,
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6Therefore a lion from the forest shall kill them,
a wolf from the desert shall destroy them.
A leopard is watching against their cities;
everyone who goes out ... View more
23Those who forsake the Lord will fall into its power;
it will burn among them and will not be put out.
It will be sent out against them like a lion;
like a leo ... View more
6The wolf shall live with the lamb,
the leopard shall lie down with the kid,
the calf and the lion and the fatling together,
and a little child shall lead them.
8Their horses are swifter than leopards,
more menacing than wolves at dusk;
their horses charge.
Their horsemen come from far away;
they fly like an eagle swift ... View more