A large predatory feline. The lion is frequently depicted in the Bible, often as a symbol of danger, but also one of strength. The Bible also mentions numerous encounters between humans and lions. The beasts are savage killers (1Kgs 13:24; 1Kgs 13:26). Still, Benaiah (2Sam 23:20), David (1Sam 17:34-36), and Samson (Judg 14:6) manage to overcome their aggressors, and Daniel escapes unharmed (Dan 6:16-24). (Amos 3:1) describes how a shepherd rescued a lamb from the mouth of a lion. Some OT proverbs deal with the lion. In (Eccl 9:4 “a living dog is better than a dead lion”), and in (Judg 14:18) Samson is asked, “What is stronger than a lion?” (Prov 26:13) tells the story of the lazy man, who does not want to go to work, because there “is a lion in the road . . . a lion in the streets!” In the NT, the ferocity of the predatory lion makes it an apt simile for Satan (1Pet 5:8). A reference to Paul being rescued from the lion’s mouth (2Tim 4:17) alludes to the turning loose of such beasts on prisoners in spectacles at the Roman Colosseum.
24Then as he went away, a lion met him on the road and killed him. His body was thrown in the road, and the donkey stood beside it; the lion also stood beside t ... View more
26When the prophet who had brought him back from the way heard of it, he said, “It is the man of God who disobeyed the word of the Lord; therefore the Lord has ... View more
20Benaiah son of Jehoiada was a valiant warrior from Kabzeel, a doer of great deeds; he struck down two sons of Ariel of Moab. He also went down and killed a li ... View more
34But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father; and whenever a lion or a bear came, and took a lamb from the flock,35I went after it ... View more
6The spirit of the Lord rushed on him, and he tore the lion apart barehanded as one might tear apart a kid. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he ... View more
16Then the king gave the command, and Daniel was brought and thrown into the den of lions. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you faithfully serve, de ... View more
Israel's Guilt and Punishment
1Hear this word that the Lord has spoken against you, O people of Israel, against the whole family that I brought up out of the la ... View more
4But whoever is joined with all the living has hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion.
18The men of the town said to him on the seventh day before the sun went down,
“What is sweeter than honey?
What is stronger than a lion?”
And he said to them,
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13The lazy person says, “There is a lion in the road!
There is a lion in the streets!”
8Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour.
17But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued f ... View more