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Daniel 6:7

All the presidents of the kingdom, the deputies and the satraps, the counselors and the governors, have consulted and agreed that the king should establish a royal statute and make a firm decree that whoever shall ask a petition of any god or man for thirty days, except of you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions.

Judges 14:5

Then Samson and his father and mother went down to Timnah and came to the vineyards of Timnah. And behold, a young lion roared against him.

1 Kings 13:24-28

And when he had gone, a lion met him by the road and slew him, and his corpse was cast in the way, and the donkey stood by it; the lion also stood by the corpse. And behold, men passed by and saw the corpse thrown in the road, and the lion standing by the corpse, and they came and told it in the city where the old prophet dwelt. When the prophet who brought him back from the way heard of it, he said, It is the man of God who was disobedient to the word of the Lord; therefore the Lord has given him to the lion, which has torn him and slain him, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke to him.read more.
And he said to his sons, Saddle the donkey for me. And they saddled it. And he went and found the corpse thrown in the road, and the donkey and the lion stood by the body; the lion had not eaten the corpse or torn the donkey.

1 Kings 20:36

Then said he to him, Because you have not obeyed the voice of the Lord, behold, as soon as you have left me a lion will slay you. And as soon as he departed from him, a lion found him and killed him.

Daniel 6:24

And the king commanded, and those men who had accused Daniel were brought and cast into the den of lions, they, their children, and their wives; and before they ever reached the bottom of the den, the lions had overpowered them and had broken their bones in pieces.

Daniel 6:22

My God has sent His angel and has shut the lions' mouths so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent and blameless before Him; and also before you, O king, [as you very well know] I have done no harm or wrong.

1 Samuel 17:34-37

And David said to Saul, Your servant kept his father's sheep. And when there came a lion or again a bear and took a lamb out of the flock, I went out after it and smote it and delivered the lamb out of its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard and smote it and killed it. Your servant killed both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God!read more.
David said, The Lord Who delivered me out of the paw of the lion and out of the paw of the bear, He will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said to David, Go, and the Lord be with you!

2 Timothy 4:17

But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the [Gospel] message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was delivered out of the jaws of the lion.

Hebrews 11:33

Who by [the help of] faith subdued kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promised blessings, closed the mouths of lions,

Job 10:16

If I lift myself up, You hunt me like a lion and again show Yourself [inflicting] marvelous [trials] upon me.

Genesis 49:9

Judah, a lion's cub! With the prey, my son, you have gone high up [the mountain]. He stooped down, he crouched like a lion, and like a lioness -- "who dares provoke and rouse him?

Psalm 22:13

Against me they opened their mouths wide, like a ravening and roaring lion.

Psalm 10:9

He lurks in secret places like a lion in his thicket; he lies in wait that he may seize the poor (the helpless and the unfortunate); he seizes the poor when he draws him into his net.

Psalm 17:12

Like a lion greedy and eager to tear his prey, and as a young lion lurking in hidden places.

Lamentations 3:10

He is to me like a bear lying in wait, and like a lion [hiding] in secret places.

Jeremiah 12:8

My heritage has become to Me like a lion in the forest; she has uttered her voice against Me; therefore I have [treated her as if I] hated her.

Jeremiah 51:38

They [the Chaldean lords] shall be roaring together [before their sudden capture] like young lions [over their prey], they [the princes] shall be growling like lions' whelps.

Psalm 7:2

Lest my foe tear my life [from my body] like a lion, dragging me away while there is none to deliver.

Psalm 35:17

Lord, how long will You look on [without action]? Rescue my life from their destructions, my dear and only life from the lions!

Psalm 57:4

My life is among lions; I must lie among those who are aflame -- "the sons of men whose teeth are spears and arrows, their tongues sharp swords.

Jeremiah 2:30

In vain have I stricken your children (your people); they received no discipline (no correction). Your own sword devoured your prophets like a destroying lion.

Zephaniah 3:3

Her officials in the midst of her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones on the morrow, for nothing is left by morning.

Psalm 34:10

The young lions lack food and suffer hunger, but they who seek (inquire of and require) the Lord [by right of their need and on the authority of His Word], none of them shall lack any beneficial thing.

Job 4:10-11

The roaring of the lion and the voice of the fierce lion, and the teeth of the young lions are broken. The old and strong lion perishes for lack of prey, and the whelps of the lioness are scattered abroad.

Psalm 58:6

Break their teeth, O God, in their mouths; break out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord.

Psalm 91:13

You shall tread upon the lion and adder; the young lion and the serpent shall you trample underfoot.

Revelation 5:5

Then one of the elders [ of the heavenly Sanhedrin] said to me, Stop weeping! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root (Source) of David, has won (has overcome and conquered)! He can open the scroll and break its seven seals!

Isaiah 11:6

And the wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, and the calf and the young lion and the fatted domestic animal together; and a little child shall lead them.

Isaiah 65:25

The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the ox; and dust shall be the serpent's food. They shall not hurt or destroy in all My holy Mount [Zion], says the Lord.

1 Kings 7:29

On the panels between the ledges were lions, oxen, and cherubim; and upon the ledges there was a pedestal above. Beneath the lions and oxen were wreaths of hanging work.

1 Kings 10:20

Twelve lions stood there, one on either end of each of the six steps; there was nothing like it ever made in any kingdom.

Judges 14:12-18

And Samson said to them, I will now put forth a riddle to you; if you can tell me what it is within the seven days of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty linen undergarments and thirty changes of raiment. But if you cannot declare it to me, then shall you give me thirty linen undergarments and thirty changes of festive [costly] raiment. And they said to him, Put forth your riddle, that we may hear it. And he said to them, Out of the eater came forth food, and out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not solve the riddle in three days.read more.
And on the seventh day they said to Samson's wife, Entice your husband to declare to us the riddle, lest we burn you and your father's household with fire. Have you invited us to make us poor? Is this not true? And Samson's wife wept before him and said, You only hate me, you do not love me; you have put forth a riddle to my countrymen and have not told the answer to me. And he said to her, Behold, I have not told my father or my mother, and shall I tell you? And Samson's wife wept before him the seven days their feast lasted, and on the seventh day he told her because she pressed him with entreaties. Then she told the riddle to her countrymen. And the men of the city said to [Samson] on the seventh day before sundown, What is sweeter than honey? What is stronger than a lion? And he said to them, If you had not plowed with my heifer, you would not have solved my riddle.

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Animals » Lions » Sheep

Genesis 30:32

Let me pass through all your flock today, removing from it every speckled and spotted animal and every black one among the sheep, and the spotted and speckled among the goats; and such shall be my wages.

Deuteronomy 18:4

The firstfruits of your grain, of your new wine, and of your oil, and the first or best of the fleece of your sheep you shall give the priest.

Deuteronomy 32:14

Butter and curds of the herd and milk of the flock, with fat of lambs, and rams of the breed of Bashan, and he-goats, with the finest of the wheat; and you drank wine of the blood of the grape.

2 Chronicles 7:5

King Solomon offered a sacrifice of 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep. So the king and all the people dedicated God's house.

Animals » Lions » Characteristics of

Deuteronomy 33:22

Of Dan he said: Dan is a lion's whelp that leaps forth from Bashan.

Judges 14:18

And the men of the city said to [Samson] on the seventh day before sundown, What is sweeter than honey? What is stronger than a lion? And he said to them, If you had not plowed with my heifer, you would not have solved my riddle.

2 Samuel 17:10

And even he who is brave, whose heart is as the heart of a lion, will utterly melt, for all Israel knows that your father is a mighty man and that those who are with him are brave men.

Job 10:16

If I lift myself up, You hunt me like a lion and again show Yourself [inflicting] marvelous [trials] upon me.

Psalm 17:12

Like a lion greedy and eager to tear his prey, and as a young lion lurking in hidden places.

Animals » Lions » Swine

Leviticus 11:7

And the swine, because it divides the hoof and is cloven-footed but does not chew the cud; it is unclean to you.

Isaiah 65:4

Who sit among the graves [trying to talk with the dead] and lodge among the secret places [or caves where familiar spirits were thought to dwell]; who eat swine's flesh, and the broth of abominable and loathsome things is in their vessels;

Isaiah 66:17

Those who [attempt to] sanctify themselves and cleanse themselves to enter [and sacrifice to idols] in the gardens, following after one in the midst, eating hog's flesh and the abomination [creeping things] and the [mouse -- "their works and their thoughts] shall come to an end together, says the Lord.

Matthew 7:6

Do not give that which is holy (the sacred thing) to the dogs, and do not throw your pearls before hogs, lest they trample upon them with their feet and turn and tear you in pieces.

More verses: Luke 15:15 2 Peter 2:22

Animals » Lions » Mules

2 Samuel 13:29

And the servants of Absalom did to Amnon as Absalom had commanded. Then all the king's sons arose and every man mounted his mule and fled.

2 Samuel 18:9

Then Absalom [unavoidably] met the servants of David. Absalom rode on a mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak, and Absalom's head caught fast [in a fork] of the oak; and the mule under him ran away, leaving him hanging between the heavens and the earth.

Psalm 32:9

Be not like the horse or the mule, which lack understanding, which must have their mouths held firm with bit and bridle, or else they will not come with you.

1 Kings 1:33

The king told them, Take the servants of your lord and cause Solomon my son to ride on my own mule and bring him down to Gihon [in the Kidron Valley].

Zechariah 14:15

And as that plague on men, so shall be the plague on the horse, on the mule, on the camel, on the donkey, and on all the livestock and beasts that may be in those camps.

Animals » Lions » Rams, used in sacrifices

Genesis 15:9

And He said to him, Bring to Me a heifer three years old, a she-goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.

Genesis 22:13

Then Abraham looked up and glanced around, and behold, behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up for a burnt offering and an ascending sacrifice instead of his son!

Exodus 29:15

You shall also take one of the rams, and Aaron and his sons shall lay their hands upon the head of the ram.

Leviticus 5:15

If anyone commits a breach of faith and sins unwittingly in the holy things of the Lord, he shall bring his trespass or guilt offering to the Lord, a ram without blemish out of the flock, valued by you in shekels of silver, that is, the shekel of the sanctuary, for a trespass or guilt offering.

Numbers 5:8

But if the man [wronged] has no kinsman to whom the restitution may be made, let it be given to the Lord for the priest, besides the ram of atonement with which atonement shall be made for the offender.

Animals » Lions » Unicorn

Numbers 23:22

God brought them forth out of Egypt; they have as it were the strength of a wild ox.

Deuteronomy 33:17

Like a firstling young bull his majesty is, and his horns like the horns of the wild ox; with them he shall push the peoples, all of them, to the ends of the earth. And they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh.

Job 39:9

Will the wild ox be willing to serve you, or remain beside your manger?

Psalm 29:6

He makes them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion (Mount Hermon) like a young, wild ox.

Isaiah 34:7

And the wild oxen shall fall with them, and the [young] bullocks with the [old and mighty] bulls; and their land shall be drunk and soaked with blood, and their dust made rich with fatness.

Animals » Lions » General references to

1 Samuel 17:34

And David said to Saul, Your servant kept his father's sheep. And when there came a lion or again a bear and took a lamb out of the flock,

Judges 14:5

Then Samson and his father and mother went down to Timnah and came to the vineyards of Timnah. And behold, a young lion roared against him.

1 Kings 13:24

And when he had gone, a lion met him by the road and slew him, and his corpse was cast in the way, and the donkey stood by it; the lion also stood by the corpse.

Daniel 6:19

Then the king arose very early in the morning and went in haste to the den of lions.

Animals » Lions » Wolves, a type of the wicked

Matthew 10:16

Behold, I am sending you out like sheep in the midst of wolves; be wary and wise as serpents, and be innocent (harmless, guileless, and without falsity) as doves.

John 10:12

But the hired servant (he who merely serves for wages) who is neither the shepherd nor the owner of the sheep, when he sees the wolf coming, deserts the flock and runs away. And the wolf chases and snatches them and scatters [the flock].

Acts 20:29

I know that after I am gone, ferocious wolves will get in among you, not sparing the flock;

Animals » Lions » Mice

Isaiah 66:17

Those who [attempt to] sanctify themselves and cleanse themselves to enter [and sacrifice to idols] in the gardens, following after one in the midst, eating hog's flesh and the abomination [creeping things] and the [mouse -- "their works and their thoughts] shall come to an end together, says the Lord.

Leviticus 11:29

These also are unclean to you among the creeping things [that multiply greatly] and creep upon the ground: the weasel, the mouse, any kind of great lizard,

1 Samuel 6:4

Then they said, What shall be the guilt offering which we shall return to Him? They answered, Five golden tumors and five golden mice, according to the number of the Philistine lords, for one plague was on you all, even on your lords.

Animals » Lions » Vipers, poisonous serpents

Isaiah 30:6

A mournful, inspired prediction (a burden to be lifted up) concerning the beasts of the South (the Negeb): Oh, the heavy burden, the load of treasures going to Egypt! Through a land of trouble and anguish, in which are lioness and lion, viper and fiery flying serpent, they carry their riches upon the shoulders of young donkeys, and their treasures upon the humps of camels, to a people that will not and cannot profit them.

Job 20:16

He shall suck the poison of asps [which ill-gotten wealth contains]; the viper's tongue shall slay him.

Isaiah 59:5

They hatch adders' eggs and weave the spider's web; he who eats of their eggs dies, and [from an egg] which is crushed a viper breaks out [for their nature is ruinous, deadly, evil].

Animals » Lions » Pygarg

Deuteronomy 14:5

The hart, the gazelle, the roebuck, the wild goat, the ibex, the antelope, and the mountain sheep.

Animals » Lions » Lizards

Leviticus 11:30

The gecko, the land crocodile, the lizard, the sand lizard, and the chameleon.

Animals » Lions » Weasel

Leviticus 11:29

These also are unclean to you among the creeping things [that multiply greatly] and creep upon the ground: the weasel, the mouse, any kind of great lizard,

Lions » Fierceness of

Hosea 13:8

I will meet them like a bear that is robbed of her cubs, and I will rend the covering of their heart, and there will I devour them like a lioness, as a wild beast would tear them.

Jeremiah 49:19

See, there comes up one [Nebuchadnezzar] like a lion from [lurking in] the jungles (the pride) of the Jordan against the strong habitation [of Edom] and into the permanent pastures; for in a twinkling I will drive him [Edom] from there. And I will appoint over him the one whom I choose. For who is like Me? And who will appoint for Me the time and prosecute Me for this proceeding? And what [earthly, national] shepherd can stand before Me and defy Me?

Jeremiah 50:44

See, there comes up one like a lion from the jungles (the pride) of the Jordan against the strong habitation [of Babylon] and into the permanent pasturage and sheepfold; for in a twinkling I will drive him [Babylon] from there. And I will appoint over him the one whom I choose. For who is like Me? And who will challenge Me and prosecute Me for this proceeding? And what [earthly, national] shepherd can stand before Me and defy Me?

Job 4:10

The roaring of the lion and the voice of the fierce lion, and the teeth of the young lions are broken.

Lions » Symbolical » Margin

Daniel 7:4

The first [the Babylonian empire under Nebuchadnezzar] was like a lion and had eagle's wings. I looked till the wings of it were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand upon two feet as a man, and a man's heart was given to it.

Revelation 5:5

Then one of the elders [ of the heavenly Sanhedrin] said to me, Stop weeping! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root (Source) of David, has won (has overcome and conquered)! He can open the scroll and break its seven seals!

Revelation 13:2

And the beast that I saw resembled a leopard, but his feet were like those of a bear and his mouth was like that of a lion. And to him the dragon gave his [own] might and power and his [own] throne and great dominion.

Revelation 9:17

And in [my] vision the horses and their riders appeared to me like this: the riders wore breastplates the color of fiery red and sapphire blue and sulphur (brimstone) yellow. The heads of the horses looked like lions' heads, and from their mouths there poured fire and smoke and sulphur (brimstone).

Ezekiel 1:10

As for the likeness of their faces, they each had the face of a man [in front], and each had the face of a lion on the right side and the face of an ox on the left side; the four also had the face of an eagle [at the back of their heads].

Lions » Instincts of, in taking prey

Psalm 17:12

Like a lion greedy and eager to tear his prey, and as a young lion lurking in hidden places.

Nahum 2:12

The lion tore in pieces enough for his whelps and strangled [prey] for his lionesses; he filled his caves with prey and his dens with what he had seized and carried off.

Lamentations 3:10

He is to me like a bear lying in wait, and like a lion [hiding] in secret places.

Psalm 10:9

He lurks in secret places like a lion in his thicket; he lies in wait that he may seize the poor (the helpless and the unfortunate); he seizes the poor when he draws him into his net.

Amos 3:4

Will a lion roar in the forest when he has no prey? Will a young lion cry out of his den if he has taken nothing?

Lions » Figurative » Of a ruler's anger

Jeremiah 5:6

Therefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, a wolf of the desert shall destroy them, a leopard or panther shall lie in wait against their cities. Everyone who goes out of them shall be torn in pieces, because their transgressions are many, their backslidings and total desertion of faith are increased and have become great and mighty.

Jeremiah 50:17

Israel is a hunted and scattered sheep [driven hither and thither and preyed upon by savage beasts]; the lions have chased him. First the king of Assyria devoured him, and now at last Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon has broken and gnawed his bones.

Proverbs 19:12

The king's wrath is as terrifying as the roaring of a lion, but his favor is as [refreshing as] dew upon the grass.

Hosea 5:14

For I will be to Ephraim like a lion, and like a young lion to the house of Judah. I, even I, will rend and go on [rending]; I will carry off and there will be no one to deliver.

Lions » Strength of

Proverbs 30:30

The lion, which is mightiest among beasts and turns not back before any;

Isaiah 38:13

I thought and quieted myself until morning. Like a lion He breaks all my bones; from day to night You bring me to an end.

Joel 1:6

For a [heathen and hostile] nation [of locusts, illustrative of a human foe] has invaded My land, mighty and without number; its teeth are the teeth of a lion, and it has the jaw teeth of a lioness.

Lions » Used for the torture of criminals

2 Timothy 4:17

But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the [Gospel] message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was delivered out of the jaws of the lion.

Daniel 6:16-24

Then the king commanded, and Daniel was brought and cast into the den of lions. The king said to Daniel, May your God, Whom you are serving continually, deliver you! And a stone was brought and laid upon the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet and with the signet of his lords, that there might be no change of purpose concerning Daniel. Then the king went to his palace and passed the night fasting, neither were instruments of music or dancing girls brought before him; and his sleep fled from him. read more.
Then the king arose very early in the morning and went in haste to the den of lions. And when he came to the den and to Daniel, he cried out in a voice of anguish. The king said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is your God, Whom you serve continually, able to deliver you from the lions? Then Daniel said to the king, O king, live forever! My God has sent His angel and has shut the lions' mouths so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent and blameless before Him; and also before you, O king, [as you very well know] I have done no harm or wrong. Then the king was exceedingly glad and commanded that Daniel should be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no hurt of any kind was found on him because he believed in (relied on, adhered to, and trusted in) his God. And the king commanded, and those men who had accused Daniel were brought and cast into the den of lions, they, their children, and their wives; and before they ever reached the bottom of the den, the lions had overpowered them and had broken their bones in pieces.

Daniel 7:12

And as for the rest of the beasts, their power of dominion was taken away; yet their lives were prolonged [for the duration of their lives was fixed] for a season and a time.

Lions » The roaring of

Proverbs 20:2

The terror of a king is as the roaring of a lion; whoever provokes him to anger or angers himself against him sins against his own life.

Psalm 22:13

Against me they opened their mouths wide, like a ravening and roaring lion.

Lions » Symbolical

Isaiah 29:1

Woe to Ariel [Jerusalem], to Ariel, the city where David encamped! Add yet another year; let the feasts run their round [but only one year more].

Genesis 49:9

Judah, a lion's cub! With the prey, my son, you have gone high up [the mountain]. He stooped down, he crouched like a lion, and like a lioness -- "who dares provoke and rouse him?

Lions » Lair of, in the jungles

Jeremiah 4:7

A lion has gone up from his thicket, and a destroyer of nations is on his way. He has gone forth from his place to make your land a desolate waste; and your cities shall be left in ruins without an inhabitant.

Jeremiah 25:38

He has left His shelter like the lion; for their land has become a waste and an astonishment because of the fierceness of the oppressor and because of [the Lord's] fierce anger.

Lions » Killed by » David

1 Samuel 17:34

And David said to Saul, Your servant kept his father's sheep. And when there came a lion or again a bear and took a lamb out of the flock,

1 Samuel 17:36

Your servant killed both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God!

Lions » Twelve statues of, on the stairs leading to solomon's throne

1 Kings 10:19-20

The throne had six steps, and attached at the rear of the top of the throne was a round covering or canopy. On either side of the seat were armrests, and two lions stood beside the armrests. Twelve lions stood there, one on either end of each of the six steps; there was nothing like it ever made in any kingdom.

Lions » Sent as judgment upon the samaritans

2 Kings 17:25-26

At the beginning of their dwelling there, they did not fear and revere the Lord. Therefore the Lord sent lions among them, which killed some of them. So the king of Assyria was told: The nations you removed and placed in the cities of Samaria do not know the manner in which the God of the land requires their worship. Therefore He has sent lions among them, and behold, they are killing them, because they do not know the manner of [worship demanded by] the God of the land.

Lions » Disobedient prophet killed by

1 Kings 13:24-28

And when he had gone, a lion met him by the road and slew him, and his corpse was cast in the way, and the donkey stood by it; the lion also stood by the corpse. And behold, men passed by and saw the corpse thrown in the road, and the lion standing by the corpse, and they came and told it in the city where the old prophet dwelt. When the prophet who brought him back from the way heard of it, he said, It is the man of God who was disobedient to the word of the Lord; therefore the Lord has given him to the lion, which has torn him and slain him, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke to him. read more.
And he said to his sons, Saddle the donkey for me. And they saddled it. And he went and found the corpse thrown in the road, and the donkey and the lion stood by the body; the lion had not eaten the corpse or torn the donkey.

Lions » The bases in the temple ornamented by mouldings of

1 Kings 7:29

On the panels between the ledges were lions, oxen, and cherubim; and upon the ledges there was a pedestal above. Beneath the lions and oxen were wreaths of hanging work.

1 Kings 7:36

And on the surface of its stays and its panels Hiram carved cherubim, lions, and palm trees, according to the space of each, with wreaths round about.

Lions » Samson's riddle concerning

Judges 14:18

And the men of the city said to [Samson] on the seventh day before sundown, What is sweeter than honey? What is stronger than a lion? And he said to them, If you had not plowed with my heifer, you would not have solved my riddle.

Judges 14:14

And he said to them, Out of the eater came forth food, and out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not solve the riddle in three days.

Lions » Parable of

Ezekiel 19:1-9

Moreover, take up a lamentation for the princes of Israel, And say, What a lioness was your mother [Jerusalem-Judah]! She couched among lions; in the midst of young lions she nourished her cubs. And she [the royal mother-city] brought up one of her cubs [Jehoahaz]; he became a young lion and he learned to catch the prey; he devoured men. read more.
The nations also heard of him; he was taken in their pit, and they brought him with hooks to the land of Egypt. Now when she had waited, she saw her hope was lost. Then she took another of her cubs [Jehoiachin] and made him a young lion. And he [Jehoiachin] went up and down among the lions; he became a young lion and learned to catch prey, and he devoured men. And he knew and ravaged their strongholds and he laid waste their cities, and the land was appalled and all who were in it by the noise of his roaring. Then the nations set against [the king] on every side from the provinces, and they spread their net over him [Jehoiachin]; he was taken in their pit. With hooks they put him in a cage and brought him to the king of Babylon; they brought him into custody and put him in strongholds, that his voice should no more be heard upon the mountains of Israel.

Lions » Killed by » Benaiah

2 Samuel 23:20

And Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant man of Kabzeel, who had done many notable acts, slew two lionlike men of Moab. He went down also and slew a lion in a pit on a snowy day.

Lions » Killed by » Saints

Hebrews 11:33

Who by [the help of] faith subdued kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promised blessings, closed the mouths of lions,

Lions » Killed by » Samson

Judges 14:5-9

Then Samson and his father and mother went down to Timnah and came to the vineyards of Timnah. And behold, a young lion roared against him. And the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and he tore the lion as he would have torn a kid, and he had nothing in his hand; but he did not tell his father or mother what he had done. And he went down and talked with the woman, and she pleased Samson well. read more.
And after a while he returned to take her, and he turned aside to see the body of the lion, and behold, a swarm of bees and honey were in the body of the lion. And he scraped some of the honey out into his hands and went along eating. And he came to his father and mother and gave them some, and they ate it; but he did not tell them he had taken the honey from the body of the lion.

Lions » An unnamed person killed by

1 Kings 20:36

Then said he to him, Because you have not obeyed the voice of the Lord, behold, as soon as you have left me a lion will slay you. And as soon as he departed from him, a lion found him and killed him.

Lions » Figurative » Of divine judgments

Isaiah 15:9

For the waters of Dimon are full of blood; yet I [the Lord] will bring even more on Dimon -- "a lion upon those of Moab who escape and upon the remnant of the land.

Lions » Figurative » Of satan

Lions » King of beasts

Micah 5:8

And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the nations in the midst of many peoples like a lion among the beasts of the forest, like a young lion [suddenly appearing] among the flocks of sheep which, when it goes through, treads down and tears in pieces, and there is no deliverer.

Lions » Proverb of

Ecclesiastes 9:4

[There is no exemption] but he who is joined to all the living has hope -- "for a living dog is better than a dead lion.

Lions » Kept in captivity

Lions » Illustrative » Of God in executing judgments

Lamentations 3:10

He is to me like a bear lying in wait, and like a lion [hiding] in secret places.

Hosea 13:8

I will meet them like a bear that is robbed of her cubs, and I will rend the covering of their heart, and there will I devour them like a lioness, as a wild beast would tear them.

Hosea 5:14

For I will be to Ephraim like a lion, and like a young lion to the house of Judah. I, even I, will rend and go on [rending]; I will carry off and there will be no one to deliver.

Isaiah 38:13

I thought and quieted myself until morning. Like a lion He breaks all my bones; from day to night You bring me to an end.

Lions » Illustrative » Of cruel and powerful enemies

Jeremiah 49:19

See, there comes up one [Nebuchadnezzar] like a lion from [lurking in] the jungles (the pride) of the Jordan against the strong habitation [of Edom] and into the permanent pastures; for in a twinkling I will drive him [Edom] from there. And I will appoint over him the one whom I choose. For who is like Me? And who will appoint for Me the time and prosecute Me for this proceeding? And what [earthly, national] shepherd can stand before Me and defy Me?

Isaiah 5:29

Their roaring is like that of a lioness, they roar like young lions; they growl and seize their prey and carry it safely away, and there is none to deliver it.

Jeremiah 51:38

They [the Chaldean lords] shall be roaring together [before their sudden capture] like young lions [over their prey], they [the princes] shall be growling like lions' whelps.

Lions » God's power exhibited in restraining

Daniel 6:22

My God has sent His angel and has shut the lions' mouths so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent and blameless before Him; and also before you, O king, [as you very well know] I have done no harm or wrong.

1 Kings 13:28

And he went and found the corpse thrown in the road, and the donkey and the lion stood by the body; the lion had not eaten the corpse or torn the donkey.

Daniel 6:27

He is a Savior and Deliverer, and He works signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth -- "He Who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.

Lions » God provides for

Psalm 104:21

The young lions roar after their prey and seek their food from God.

Psalm 104:28

When You give it to them, they gather it up; You open Your hand, and they are filled with good things.

Job 38:39

Can you [Job] hunt the prey for the lion? Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions

Lions » Attacks the sheepfolds

1 Samuel 17:34

And David said to Saul, Your servant kept his father's sheep. And when there came a lion or again a bear and took a lamb out of the flock,

Micah 5:8

And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the nations in the midst of many peoples like a lion among the beasts of the forest, like a young lion [suddenly appearing] among the flocks of sheep which, when it goes through, treads down and tears in pieces, and there is no deliverer.

Amos 3:12

Thus says the Lord: As the shepherd rescues out of the mouth of the lion two legs or a piece of an ear [of a sheep], so shall the children of Israel who dwell in Samaria be rescued with the corner of a couch and [part of] the damask covering of a bed.

Lions » Illustrative » Of imaginary fears of the slothful

Proverbs 26:13

The sluggard says, There is a lion in the way! A lion is in the streets!

Lions » Illustrative » (roaring of,) of a king's wrath

Proverbs 19:12

The king's wrath is as terrifying as the roaring of a lion, but his favor is as [refreshing as] dew upon the grass.

Proverbs 20:2

The terror of a king is as the roaring of a lion; whoever provokes him to anger or angers himself against him sins against his own life.

Lions » Illustrative » Of brave men

2 Samuel 1:23

Saul and Jonathan, beloved and lovely! In their lives and in their deaths they were not divided. They were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.

2 Samuel 23:20

And Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant man of Kabzeel, who had done many notable acts, slew two lionlike men of Moab. He went down also and slew a lion in a pit on a snowy day.

Lions » Described as » Superior in strength

Judges 14:18

And the men of the city said to [Samson] on the seventh day before sundown, What is sweeter than honey? What is stronger than a lion? And he said to them, If you had not plowed with my heifer, you would not have solved my riddle.

Proverbs 30:30

The lion, which is mightiest among beasts and turns not back before any;

Lions » Disobedient prophet slain by

1 Kings 13:24

And when he had gone, a lion met him by the road and slew him, and his corpse was cast in the way, and the donkey stood by it; the lion also stood by the corpse.

1 Kings 13:26

When the prophet who brought him back from the way heard of it, he said, It is the man of God who was disobedient to the word of the Lord; therefore the Lord has given him to the lion, which has torn him and slain him, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke to him.

Lions » Attacks and destroys men

1 Kings 13:24

And when he had gone, a lion met him by the road and slew him, and his corpse was cast in the way, and the donkey stood by it; the lion also stood by the corpse.

1 Kings 20:36

Then said he to him, Because you have not obeyed the voice of the Lord, behold, as soon as you have left me a lion will slay you. And as soon as he departed from him, a lion found him and killed him.

Lions » Rends its prey

Deuteronomy 33:20

And of Gad he said: Blessed is He Who enlarges Gad! Gad lurks like a lioness, and tears the arm, yes, the crown of the head.

Psalm 7:2

Lest my foe tear my life [from my body] like a lion, dragging me away while there is none to deliver.

Lions » Illustrative » Of persecutors

2 Timothy 4:17

But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the [Gospel] message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was delivered out of the jaws of the lion.

Psalm 22:13

Against me they opened their mouths wide, like a ravening and roaring lion.

Lions » Illustrative » (tamed,) of the natural man subdued by grace

Isaiah 11:7

And the cow and the bear shall feed side by side, their young shall lie down together, and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.

Isaiah 65:25

The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the ox; and dust shall be the serpent's food. They shall not hurt or destroy in all My holy Mount [Zion], says the Lord.

Lions » Roars when seeking prey

Isaiah 31:4

For the Lord has said to me, As the lion or the young lion growls over his prey -- "and though a large band of shepherds is called out against him, he will not be terrified at their voice or daunted at their noise -- "so the Lord of hosts will come down to fight upon Mount Zion and upon its hills.

Psalm 104:21

The young lions roar after their prey and seek their food from God.

Lions » Described as » Fearless even of man

Isaiah 31:4

For the Lord has said to me, As the lion or the young lion growls over his prey -- "and though a large band of shepherds is called out against him, he will not be terrified at their voice or daunted at their noise -- "so the Lord of hosts will come down to fight upon Mount Zion and upon its hills.

Nahum 2:11

Where is the den of the lions which was the feeding place of the young lions, where the lion and the lioness walked, and the lion's whelp, and none made them afraid?

Lions » Universal terror caused by roaring of

Amos 3:8

The lion has roared; who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken; who can but prophesy?

Jeremiah 2:15

The young lions have roared over him and made their voices heard. And they have made his land a waste; his cities are burned ruins without inhabitant.

Lions » Criminals often thrown to » Da 6:7

Lions » Greatness of its teeth alluded to

Joel 1:6

For a [heathen and hostile] nation [of locusts, illustrative of a human foe] has invaded My land, mighty and without number; its teeth are the teeth of a lion, and it has the jaw teeth of a lioness.

Psalm 58:6

Break their teeth, O God, in their mouths; break out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord.

Lions » Described as » Fierce

Job 10:16

If I lift myself up, You hunt me like a lion and again show Yourself [inflicting] marvelous [trials] upon me.

Job 28:8

The proud beasts [and their young] have not trodden it, nor has the fierce lion passed over it.

Lions » Inhabits » Mountains

Song of Songs 4:8

Come away with me from Lebanon, my [promised] bride, come with me from Lebanon. Depart from the top of Amana, from the peak of Senir and Hermon, from the lions' dens, from the mountains of the leopards.

Lions » Illustrative » Of the tribe of gad

Deuteronomy 33:20

And of Gad he said: Blessed is He Who enlarges Gad! Gad lurks like a lioness, and tears the arm, yes, the crown of the head.

Lions » Described as » Majestic in movement

Proverbs 30:29-30

There are three things which are stately in step, yes, four which are stately in their stride: The lion, which is mightiest among beasts and turns not back before any;

Lions » Described as » Active

Deuteronomy 33:22

Of Dan he said: Dan is a lion's whelp that leaps forth from Bashan.

Lions » Slain by » David

1 Samuel 17:35-36

I went out after it and smote it and delivered the lamb out of its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard and smote it and killed it. Your servant killed both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God!

Lions » Canaan infested by

2 Kings 17:25-26

At the beginning of their dwelling there, they did not fear and revere the Lord. Therefore the Lord sent lions among them, which killed some of them. So the king of Assyria was told: The nations you removed and placed in the cities of Samaria do not know the manner in which the God of the land requires their worship. Therefore He has sent lions among them, and behold, they are killing them, because they do not know the manner of [worship demanded by] the God of the land.

Lions » Illustrative » Of Christ

Revelation 5:5

Then one of the elders [ of the heavenly Sanhedrin] said to me, Stop weeping! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root (Source) of David, has won (has overcome and conquered)! He can open the scroll and break its seven seals!

Lions » Described as » Courageous

2 Samuel 17:10

And even he who is brave, whose heart is as the heart of a lion, will utterly melt, for all Israel knows that your father is a mighty man and that those who are with him are brave men.

Lions » Slain by » Benaiah

2 Samuel 23:20

And Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant man of Kabzeel, who had done many notable acts, slew two lionlike men of Moab. He went down also and slew a lion in a pit on a snowy day.

Lions » Illustrative » Of boldness of saints

Lions » Slain by » Samson

Judges 14:5-6

Then Samson and his father and mother went down to Timnah and came to the vineyards of Timnah. And behold, a young lion roared against him. And the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and he tore the lion as he would have torn a kid, and he had nothing in his hand; but he did not tell his father or mother what he had done.

Lions » Illustrative » Of the tribe of judah

Genesis 49:9

Judah, a lion's cub! With the prey, my son, you have gone high up [the mountain]. He stooped down, he crouched like a lion, and like a lioness -- "who dares provoke and rouse him?

Lions » Illustrative » Of israel

Numbers 24:9

He couched, he lay down as a lion; and as a lioness, who shall rouse him? Blessed [of God] is he who blesses you [who prays for and contributes to your welfare] and cursed [of God] is he who curses you [who in word, thought, or deed would bring harm upon you].

Lions » Inhabits » Thickets

Jeremiah 4:7

A lion has gone up from his thicket, and a destroyer of nations is on his way. He has gone forth from his place to make your land a desolate waste; and your cities shall be left in ruins without an inhabitant.

Lions » Inhabits » Forests

Jeremiah 5:6

Therefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, a wolf of the desert shall destroy them, a leopard or panther shall lie in wait against their cities. Everyone who goes out of them shall be torn in pieces, because their transgressions are many, their backslidings and total desertion of faith are increased and have become great and mighty.

Lions » Conceals itself by day

Psalm 104:22

When the sun arises, they withdraw themselves and lie down in their dens.

Lions » Illustrative » Of God in protecting his church

Isaiah 31:4

For the Lord has said to me, As the lion or the young lion growls over his prey -- "and though a large band of shepherds is called out against him, he will not be terrified at their voice or daunted at their noise -- "so the Lord of hosts will come down to fight upon Mount Zion and upon its hills.

Lions » Illustrative » Of the devil

Lions » Described as » Voracious

Psalm 17:12

Like a lion greedy and eager to tear his prey, and as a young lion lurking in hidden places.

Lions » Inhabits » Deserts

Isaiah 30:6

A mournful, inspired prediction (a burden to be lifted up) concerning the beasts of the South (the Negeb): Oh, the heavy burden, the load of treasures going to Egypt! Through a land of trouble and anguish, in which are lioness and lion, viper and fiery flying serpent, they carry their riches upon the shoulders of young donkeys, and their treasures upon the humps of camels, to a people that will not and cannot profit them.

Lions » A swarm of bees found in the carcass of, by samson

Judges 14:8

And after a while he returned to take her, and he turned aside to see the body of the lion, and behold, a swarm of bees and honey were in the body of the lion.

Lions » Often carries its prey to its den

Nahum 2:12

The lion tore in pieces enough for his whelps and strangled [prey] for his lionesses; he filled his caves with prey and his dens with what he had seized and carried off.

Lions » Lurketh for its prey

Psalm 10:9

He lurks in secret places like a lion in his thicket; he lies in wait that he may seize the poor (the helpless and the unfortunate); he seizes the poor when he draws him into his net.

Lions » Hunting of, alluded to

Job 10:16

If I lift myself up, You hunt me like a lion and again show Yourself [inflicting] marvelous [trials] upon me.

Lions » Often perishes for lack of food

Job 4:11

The old and strong lion perishes for lack of prey, and the whelps of the lioness are scattered abroad.

Lions » Characteristics of

Deuteronomy 33:22

Of Dan he said: Dan is a lion's whelp that leaps forth from Bashan.

Judges 14:18

And the men of the city said to [Samson] on the seventh day before sundown, What is sweeter than honey? What is stronger than a lion? And he said to them, If you had not plowed with my heifer, you would not have solved my riddle.

2 Samuel 17:10

And even he who is brave, whose heart is as the heart of a lion, will utterly melt, for all Israel knows that your father is a mighty man and that those who are with him are brave men.

Job 10:16

If I lift myself up, You hunt me like a lion and again show Yourself [inflicting] marvelous [trials] upon me.

Psalm 17:12

Like a lion greedy and eager to tear his prey, and as a young lion lurking in hidden places.

Lions » General references to

1 Samuel 17:34

And David said to Saul, Your servant kept his father's sheep. And when there came a lion or again a bear and took a lamb out of the flock,

Judges 14:5

Then Samson and his father and mother went down to Timnah and came to the vineyards of Timnah. And behold, a young lion roared against him.

1 Kings 13:24

And when he had gone, a lion met him by the road and slew him, and his corpse was cast in the way, and the donkey stood by it; the lion also stood by the corpse.

Daniel 6:19

Then the king arose very early in the morning and went in haste to the den of lions.

Righteous » Compared with » Lions

Micah 5:8

And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the nations in the midst of many peoples like a lion among the beasts of the forest, like a young lion [suddenly appearing] among the flocks of sheep which, when it goes through, treads down and tears in pieces, and there is no deliverer.

compared to Saints » Lions

Micah 5:8

And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the nations in the midst of many peoples like a lion among the beasts of the forest, like a young lion [suddenly appearing] among the flocks of sheep which, when it goes through, treads down and tears in pieces, and there is no deliverer.

Topics on Lions

Creatures Like Lions

26;1;10

As for the likeness of their faces, they each had the face of a man [in front], and each had the face of a lion on the right side and the face of an ox on the left side; the four also had the face of an eagle [at the back of their heads].

Deliverance From Lions

19;22;21

Save me from the lion's mouth; for You have answered me [kindly] from the horns of the wild oxen.

In Danger From Lions

7;14;5

Then Samson and his father and mother went down to Timnah and came to the vineyards of Timnah. And behold, a young lion roared against him.

Lions, Figurative Use Of

1;49;9

Judah, a lion's cub! With the prey, my son, you have gone high up [the mountain]. He stooped down, he crouched like a lion, and like a lioness -- "who dares provoke and rouse him?