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Daniel 6:7

All the administrators of the kingdom, the prefects, satraps, advisers, and governors have agreed that the king should establish an ordinance and enforce an edict that for 30 days, anyone who petitions any god or man except you, the king, will be thrown into the lions’ den.

Judges 14:5

Samson went down to Timnah with his father and mother and came to the vineyards of Timnah. Suddenly a young lion came roaring at him,

1 Kings 13:24-28

When he left, a lion attacked him along the way and killed him. His corpse was thrown on the road, and the donkey was standing beside it; the lion was standing beside the corpse too. There were men passing by who saw the corpse thrown on the road and the lion standing beside it, and they went and spoke about it in the city where the old prophet lived. When the prophet who had brought him back from his way heard about it, he said, “He is the man of God who disobeyed the command of the Lord. The Lord has given him to the lion, and it has mauled and killed him, according to the word of the Lord that He spoke to him.”read more.
Then the old prophet instructed his sons, “Saddle the donkey for me.” They saddled it, and he went and found the corpse of the man of God thrown on the road with the donkey and the lion standing beside the corpse. The lion had not eaten the corpse or mauled the donkey.

1 Kings 20:36

He told him, “Because you did not listen to the voice of the Lord, mark my words: When you leave me, a lion will kill you.” When he left him, a lion attacked and killed him.

Daniel 6:24

The king then gave the command, and those men who had maliciously accused Daniel were brought and thrown into the lions’ den—they, their children, and their wives. They had not reached the bottom of the den before the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.

1 Samuel 17:34-37

David answered Saul: “Your servant has been tending his father’s sheep. Whenever a lion or a bear came and carried off a lamb from the flock, I went after it, struck it down, and rescued the lamb from its mouth. If it reared up against me, I would grab it by its fur, strike it down, and kill it. Your servant has killed lions and bears; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God.” read more.
Then David said, “The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”Saul said to David, “Go, and may the Lord be with you.”

2 Timothy 4:17

But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the proclamation might be fully made through me and all the Gentiles might hear. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.

Hebrews 11:33

who by faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions,

Job 10:16

If I am proud, You hunt me like a lion
and again display Your miraculous power against me.

Genesis 49:9

Judah is a young lion—
my son, you return from the kill.
He crouches; he lies down like a lion
or a lioness—who dares to rouse him?

Psalm 10:9

he lurks in secret like a lion in a thicket.
He lurks in order to seize the afflicted;
he seizes the afflicted and drags him in his net.

Psalm 17:12

They are like a lion eager to tear,
like a young lion lurking in ambush.

Lamentations 3:10

?DaletHe is a bear waiting in ambush,
a lion in hiding.

Jeremiah 12:8

My inheritance has acted toward Me
like a lion in the forest.
She has roared against Me.
Therefore, I hate her.

Jeremiah 51:38

They will roar together like young lions;
they will growl like lion cubs.

Psalm 7:2

or they will tear me like a lion,
ripping me apart with no one to rescue me.

Psalm 35:17

Lord, how long will You look on?
Rescue my life from their ravages,
my only one from the young lions.

Psalm 57:4

I am surrounded by lions;
I lie down with those who devour men.
Their teeth are spears and arrows;
their tongues are sharp swords.

Jeremiah 2:30

I have struck down your children in vain;
they would not accept discipline.
Your own sword has devoured your prophets
like a ravaging lion.

Zephaniah 3:3

The princes within her are roaring lions;
her judges are wolves of the night,
which leave nothing for the morning.

Job 4:10-11

The lion may roar and the fierce lion growl,
but the fangs of young lions are broken. The strong lion dies if it catches no prey,
and the cubs of the lioness are scattered.

Psalm 58:6

God, knock the teeth out of their mouths;
Lord, tear out the young lions’ fangs.

Revelation 5:5

Then one of the elders said to me, “Stop crying. Look! The Lion from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has been victorious so that He may open the scroll and its seven seals.”

Isaiah 11:6

The wolf will live with the lamb,
and the leopard will lie down with the goat.
The calf, the young lion, and the fatling will be together,
and a child will lead them.

Isaiah 65:25

The wolf and the lamb will feed together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox,
but the serpent’s food will be dust!
They will not do what is evil or destroy
on My entire holy mountain,”
says the Lord.

1 Kings 7:29

and on the frames between the cross-pieces were lions, oxen, and cherubim. On the cross-pieces there was a pedestal above, and below the lions and oxen were wreaths of hanging work.

1 Kings 10:20

Twelve lions were standing there on the six steps, one at each end. Nothing like it had ever been made in any other kingdom.

Judges 14:12-18

“Let me tell you a riddle,” Samson said to them. “If you can explain it to me during the seven days of the feast and figure it out, I will give you 30 linen garments and 30 changes of clothes. But if you can’t explain it to me, you must give me 30 linen garments and 30 changes of clothes.”“Tell us your riddle,” they replied. “Let’s hear it.” So he said to them:Out of the eater came something to eat,
and out of the strong came something sweet.After three days, they were unable to explain the riddle. read more.
On the fourth day they said to Samson’s wife, “Persuade your husband to explain the riddle to us, or we will burn you and your father’s household to death. Did you invite us here to rob us?” So Samson’s wife came to him, weeping, and said, “You hate me and don’t love me! You told my people the riddle, but haven’t explained it to me.”“Look,” he said, “I haven’t even explained it to my father or mother, so why should I explain it to you?” She wept the whole seven days of the feast, and at last, on the seventh day, he explained it to her, because she had nagged him so much. Then she explained it to her people. On the seventh day, before sunset, the men of the city said to him:What is sweeter than honey?
What is stronger than a lion?So he said to them:If you hadn’t plowed with my young cow,
you wouldn’t know my riddle now!

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Animals » Lions » Sheep

Genesis 30:32

Let me go through all your sheep today and remove every sheep that is speckled or spotted, every dark-colored sheep among the lambs, and the spotted and speckled among the female goats. Such will be my wages.

Deuteronomy 18:4

You are to give him the firstfruits of your grain, new wine, and oil, and the first sheared wool of your flock.

Deuteronomy 32:14

cream from the herd and milk from the flock,
with the fat of lambs,
rams from Bashan, and goats,
with the choicest grains of wheat;
you drank wine from the finest grapes.

2 Chronicles 7:5

King Solomon offered a sacrifice of 22,000 cattle and 120,000 sheep. In this manner the king and all the people dedicated God’s temple.

Animals » Lions » Characteristics of

Deuteronomy 33:22

He said about Dan:Dan is a young lion,
leaping out of Bashan.

Judges 14:18

On the seventh day, before sunset, the men of the city said to him:What is sweeter than honey?
What is stronger than a lion?So he said to them:If you hadn’t plowed with my young cow,
you wouldn’t know my riddle now!

2 Samuel 17:10

Then, even a brave man with the heart of a lion will melt because all Israel knows that your father and the valiant men with him are warriors.

Job 10:16

If I am proud, You hunt me like a lion
and again display Your miraculous power against me.

Psalm 17:12

They are like a lion eager to tear,
like a young lion lurking in ambush.

Animals » Lions » Swine

Leviticus 11:7

the pig, though it has divided hooves,
does not chew the cud—it is unclean for you.

Isaiah 65:4

sitting among the graves,
spending nights in secret places,
eating the meat of pigs,
and putting polluted broth in their bowls.

Isaiah 66:17

“Those who dedicate and purify themselves to enter the groves following their leader, eating meat from pigs, vermin, and rats, will perish together.”This is the Lord’s declaration.

Matthew 7:6

Don’t give what is holy to dogs or toss your pearls before pigs, or they will trample them with their feet, turn, and tear you to pieces.

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

Animals » Lions » Mules

2 Samuel 13:29

So Absalom’s young men did to Amnon just as Absalom had commanded. Then all the rest of the king’s sons got up, and each fled on his mule.

2 Samuel 18:9

Absalom was riding on his mule when he happened to meet David’s soldiers. When the mule went under the tangled branches of a large oak tree, Absalom’s head was caught fast in the tree. The mule under him kept going, so he was suspended in midair.

Psalm 32:9

Do not be like a horse or mule,
without understanding,
that must be controlled with bit and bridle
or else it will not come near you.

1 Kings 1:33

The king said to them, “Take my servants with you, have my son Solomon ride on my own mule, and take him down to Gihon.

Zechariah 14:15

The same plague as the previous one will strike the horses, mules, camels, donkeys, and all the animals that are in those camps.

Animals » Lions » Rams, used in sacrifices

Genesis 15:9

He said to him, “Bring Me a three-year-old cow, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.”

Genesis 22:13

Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught in the thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram and offered it as a burnt offering in place of his son.

Exodus 29:15

“Take one ram, and Aaron and his sons are to lay their hands on the ram’s head.

Leviticus 5:15

“If someone offends by sinning unintentionally in regard to any of the Lord’s holy things, he must bring his restitution offering to the Lord: an unblemished ram from the flock (based on your assessment of its value in silver shekels, according to the sanctuary shekel) as a restitution offering.

Numbers 5:8

But if that individual has no relative to receive compensation, the compensation goes to the Lord for the priest, along with the atonement ram by which the priest will make atonement for the guilty person.

Animals » Lions » Unicorn

Numbers 23:22

God brought them out of Egypt;
He is like the horns of a wild ox for them.

Deuteronomy 33:17

His firstborn bull has splendor,
and horns like those of a wild ox;
he gores all the peoples with them
to the ends of the earth.
Such are the ten thousands of Ephraim,
and such are the thousands of Manasseh.

Job 39:9

Would the wild ox be willing to serve you?
Would it spend the night by your feeding trough?

Psalm 29:6

He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
and Sirion, like a young wild ox.

Isaiah 34:7

The wild oxen will be struck down with them,
and young bulls with the mighty bulls.
Their land will be soaked with blood,
and their soil will be saturated with fat.

Animals » Lions » General references to

1 Samuel 17:34

David answered Saul: “Your servant has been tending his father’s sheep. Whenever a lion or a bear came and carried off a lamb from the flock,

Judges 14:5

Samson went down to Timnah with his father and mother and came to the vineyards of Timnah. Suddenly a young lion came roaring at him,

1 Kings 13:24

When he left, a lion attacked him along the way and killed him. His corpse was thrown on the road, and the donkey was standing beside it; the lion was standing beside the corpse too.

Daniel 6:19

At the first light of dawn the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den.

Animals » Lions » Wolves, a type of the wicked

John 10:12

The hired man, since he is not the shepherd and doesn’t own the sheep, leaves them and runs away when he sees a wolf coming. The wolf then snatches and scatters them.

Acts 20:29

I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock.

Animals » Lions » Mice

Isaiah 66:17

“Those who dedicate and purify themselves to enter the groves following their leader, eating meat from pigs, vermin, and rats, will perish together.”This is the Lord’s declaration.

Leviticus 11:29

“These creatures that swarm on the ground are unclean for you:the weasel, the mouse,
any kind of large lizard,

1 Samuel 6:4

They asked, “What restitution offering should we send back to Him?”And they answered, “Five gold tumors and five gold mice corresponding to the number of Philistine rulers, since there was one plague for both you and your rulers.

Animals » Lions » Vipers, poisonous serpents

Isaiah 30:6

An oracle about the animals of the Negev:Through a land of trouble and distress,
of lioness and lion,
of viper and flying serpent,
they carry their wealth on the backs of donkeys
and their treasures on the humps of camels,
to a people who will not help them.

Job 20:16

He will suck the poison of cobras;
a viper’s fangs will kill him.

Isaiah 59:5

They hatch viper’s eggs
and weave spider’s webs.
Whoever eats their eggs will die;
crack one open, and a viper is hatched.

Animals » Lions » Pygarg

Deuteronomy 14:5

the deer, the gazelle, the roe deer,
the wild goat, the ibex, the antelope,
and the mountain sheep.

Animals » Lions » Lizards

Leviticus 11:30

the gecko, the monitor lizard,
the common lizard, the skink,
and the chameleon.

Animals » Lions » Weasel

Leviticus 11:29

“These creatures that swarm on the ground are unclean for you:the weasel, the mouse,
any kind of large lizard,

Lions » Fierceness of

Hosea 13:8

I will attack them
like a bear robbed of her cubs
and tear open the rib cage over their hearts.
I will devour them there like a lioness,
like a wild beast that would rip them open.

Jeremiah 49:19

“Look, it will be like a lion coming from the thickets of the Jordan to the watered grazing land. Indeed, I will chase Edom away from her land in a flash. I will appoint whoever is chosen for her. For who is like Me? Who will summon Me? Who is the shepherd who can stand against Me?”

Proverbs 22:13

The slacker says, “There’s a lion outside!
I’ll be killed in the public square!”

Jeremiah 50:44

“Look, it will be like a lion coming from the thickets of the Jordan to the watered grazing land. Indeed, I will chase Babylon away from her land in a flash. I will appoint whoever is chosen for her. For who is like Me? Who will summon Me? Who is the shepherd who can stand against Me?”

Job 4:10

The lion may roar and the fierce lion growl,
but the fangs of young lions are broken.

Lions » Symbolical » Margin

Daniel 7:4

“The first was like a lion but had eagle’s wings. I continued watching until its wings were torn off. It was lifted up from the ground, set on its feet like a man, and given a human mind.

Revelation 5:5

Then one of the elders said to me, “Stop crying. Look! The Lion from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has been victorious so that He may open the scroll and its seven seals.”

Revelation 13:2

The beast I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like a bear’s, and his mouth was like a lion’s mouth. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.

Revelation 9:17

This is how I saw the horses in my vision: The horsemen had breastplates that were fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow. The heads of the horses were like lions’ heads, and from their mouths came fire, smoke, and sulfur.

Ezekiel 1:10

The form of each of their faces was that of a man, and each of the four had the face of a lion on the right, the face of an ox on the left, and the face of an eagle.

Lions » Instincts of, in taking prey

Psalm 17:12

They are like a lion eager to tear,
like a young lion lurking in ambush.

Nahum 2:12

The lion mauled whatever its cubs needed
and strangled prey for its lionesses.
It filled up its dens with the kill,
and its lairs with mauled prey.

Lamentations 3:10

?DaletHe is a bear waiting in ambush,
a lion in hiding.

Psalm 10:9

he lurks in secret like a lion in a thicket.
He lurks in order to seize the afflicted;
he seizes the afflicted and drags him in his net.

Amos 3:4

Does a lion roar in the forest
when it has no prey?
Does a young lion growl from its lair
unless it has captured something?

Lions » Figurative » Of a ruler's anger

Jeremiah 5:6

Therefore, a lion from the forest will strike them down.
A wolf from an arid plain will ravage them.
A leopard keeps watch over their cities.
Anyone who leaves them will be torn to pieces
because their rebellious acts are many,
their unfaithful deeds numerous.

Jeremiah 50:17

Israel is a stray lamb, chased by lions.
The first who devoured him was the king of Assyria;
the last one who crushed his bones
was Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.

Proverbs 19:12

A king’s rage is like the roaring of a lion,
but his favor is like dew on the grass.

Hosea 5:14

For I am like a lion to Ephraim
and like a young lion to the house of Judah.
Yes, I will tear them to pieces and depart.
I will carry them off,
and no one can rescue them.

Lions » Strength of

Proverbs 30:30

a lion, which is mightiest among beasts
and doesn’t retreat before anything,

Isaiah 38:13

I thought until the morning:
He will break all my bones like a lion;
You make an end of me day and night.

Joel 1:6

For a nation has invaded My land,
powerful and without number;
its teeth are the teeth of a lion,
and it has the fangs of a lioness.

Lions » Used for the torture of criminals

2 Timothy 4:17

But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the proclamation might be fully made through me and all the Gentiles might hear. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.

Daniel 6:16-24

So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions' den. The king said to Daniel, "May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!" A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den. The king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the signet rings of his nobles, so that nothing in regard to Daniel could be changed. Then the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting. No diversions were brought to him, and he could not sleep. read more.
At the first light of dawn the king got up and hurried to the lions' den. When he reached the den, he cried out in anguish to Daniel. "Daniel, servant of the living God," the king said, "has your God whom you serve continually been able to rescue you from the lions?" Then Daniel spoke with the king: "May the king live forever. My God sent His angel and shut the lions' mouths. They haven't hurt me, for I was found innocent before Him. Also, I have not committed a crime against you my king." The king was overjoyed and gave orders to take Daniel out of the den. So Daniel was taken out of the den, uninjured, for he trusted in his God. The king then gave the command, and those men who had maliciously accused Daniel were brought and thrown into the lions' den-they, their children, and their wives. They had not reached the bottom of the den before the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.

Daniel 7:12

As for the rest of the beasts, their authority to rule was removed, but an extension of life was granted to them for a certain period of time.

Lions » The roaring of

Proverbs 20:2

A king’s terrible wrath is like the roaring of a lion;
anyone who provokes him endangers himself.

Lions » Symbolical

Isaiah 29:1

Woe to Ariel, Ariel,
the city where David camped!
Continue year after year;
let the festivals recur.

Genesis 49:9

Judah is a young lion
my son, you return from the kill.
He crouches; he lies down like a lion
or a lioness—who dares to rouse him?

Lions » Lair of, in the jungles

Jeremiah 4:7

A lion has gone up from his thicket;
a destroyer of nations has set out.
He has left his lair
to make your land a waste.
Your cities will be reduced to uninhabited ruins.

Jeremiah 25:38

He has left His den like a lion,
for their land has become a desolation
because of the sword of the oppressor,
because of His burning anger.

Lions » Killed by » David

1 Samuel 17:34

David answered Saul: “Your servant has been tending his father’s sheep. Whenever a lion or a bear came and carried off a lamb from the flock,

1 Samuel 17:36

Your servant has killed lions and bears; this uncircumcised Philistine will 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; there was a rounded top at the back of the throne, armrests on either side of the seat, and two lions standing beside the armrests. Twelve lions were standing there on the six steps, one at each end. Nothing like it had ever been made in any other kingdom.

Lions » Sent as judgment upon the samaritans

2 Kings 17:25-26

When they first lived there, they did not fear the Lord. So the Lord sent lions among them, which killed some of them. The settlers spoke to the king of Assyria, saying, "The nations that you have deported and placed in the cities of Samaria do not know the custom of the God of the land. Therefore, He has sent lions among them, which are killing them because the people don't know the custom of the God of the land."

Lions » Disobedient prophet killed by

1 Kings 13:24-28

When he left, a lion met him along the way and killed him. His corpse was thrown on the road, and the donkey was standing beside it; the lion was standing beside the corpse too. There were men passing by who saw the corpse thrown on the road and the lion standing beside it, and they went and spoke [about it] in the city where the old prophet lived. When the prophet who had brought him back from his way heard [about it], he said, "He is the man of God who disobeyed the command of the Lord. The Lord has given him to the lion, and it has mauled him and killed him, according to the word of the Lord that He spoke to him." read more.
Then the old prophet instructed his sons, "Saddle the donkey for me." They saddled it, and he went and found the corpse of the man of God thrown on the road with the donkey and the lion standing beside the corpse. The lion had not eaten the corpse or mauled the donkey.

Lions » The bases in the temple ornamented by mouldings of

1 Kings 7:29

and on the frames between the cross-pieces were lions, oxen, and cherubim. On the cross-pieces there was a pedestal above, and below the lions and oxen were wreaths of hanging work.

1 Kings 7:36

He engraved cherubim, lions, and palm trees on the plates of its braces and on its frames, wherever each had space, with encircling wreaths.

Lions » Samson's riddle concerning

Judges 14:18

On the seventh day, before sunset, the men of the city said to him:What is sweeter than honey?
What is stronger than a lion?So he said to them:If you hadn’t plowed with my young cow,
you wouldn’t know my riddle now!

Judges 14:14

So he said to them:Out of the eater came something to eat,
and out of the strong came something sweet.After three days, they were unable to explain the riddle.

Lions » Parable of

Ezekiel 19:1-9

"Now, lament for the princes of Israel and say: What was your mother? A lioness! She lay down among the lions; she reared her cubs among the young lions. She brought up one of her cubs, and he became a young lion. After he learned to tear prey, he devoured people. read more.
When the nations heard about him, he was caught in their pit. Then they led him away with hooks to the land of Egypt. When she saw that she waited [in vain], that her hope was lost, she took another of her cubs and made him a young lion. He prowled among the lions, and he became a young lion. After he learned to tear prey, he devoured people. He devastated their strongholds and destroyed their cities. The land and everything in it shuddered at the sound of his roaring. Then the nations from the surrounding provinces set out against him. They spread their net over him; he was caught in their pit. They put a wooden yoke on him with hooks and led him away to the king of Babylon. They brought him into the fortresses so his roar could no longer be heard on the mountains of Israel.

Lions » Killed by » Benaiah

2 Samuel 23:20

Benaiah son of Jehoiada was the son of a brave man from Kabzeel, a man of many exploits. Benaiah killed two sons of Ariel of Moab, and he went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion.

Lions » Killed by » Saints

Hebrews 11:33

who by faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions,

Lions » Killed by » Samson

Judges 14:5-9

Samson went down to Timnah with his father and mother and came to the vineyards of Timnah. Suddenly a young lion came roaring at him, the Spirit of the Lord took control of him, and he tore the lion apart with his bare hands as he might have torn a young goat. But he did not tell his father or mother what he had done. Then he went and spoke to the woman, because Samson wanted her. read more.
After some time, when he returned to get her, he left [the road] to see the lion's carcass, and there was a swarm of bees with honey in the carcass. He scooped [some honey] into his hands and ate [it] as he went along. When he returned to his father and mother, he gave [some] to them and they ate [it]. But he did not tell them that he had scooped the honey from the lion's carcass.

Lions » An unnamed person killed by

1 Kings 20:36

He told him, “Because you did not listen to the voice of the Lord, mark my words: When you leave me, a lion will kill you.” When he left him, a lion attacked and killed him.

Lions » Figurative » Of divine judgments

Isaiah 15:9

The waters of Dibon are full of blood,
but I will bring on Dibon even more than this—
a lion for those who escape from Moab,
and for the survivors in the land.

Lions » Figurative » Of satan

Lions » King of beasts

Micah 5:8

Then the remnant of Jacob
will be among the nations, among many peoples,
like a lion among animals of the forest,
like a young lion among flocks of sheep,
which tramples and tears as it passes through,
and there is no one to rescue them.

Lions » Proverb of

Ecclesiastes 9:4

But there is hope for whoever is joined with all the living, since a live dog is better than a dead lion.

Lions » Kept in captivity

Lions » Illustrative » Of God in executing judgments

Lamentations 3:10

?DaletHe is a bear waiting in ambush,
a lion in hiding.

Hosea 13:8

I will attack them
like a bear robbed of her cubs
and tear open the rib cage over their hearts.
I will devour them there like a lioness,
like a wild beast that would rip them open.

Hosea 5:14

For I am like a lion to Ephraim
and like a young lion to the house of Judah.
Yes, I will tear them to pieces and depart.
I will carry them off,
and no one can rescue them.

Isaiah 38:13

I thought until the morning:
He will break all my bones like a lion;
You make an end of me day and night.

Lions » Illustrative » Of cruel and powerful enemies

Jeremiah 49:19

“Look, it will be like a lion coming from the thickets of the Jordan to the watered grazing land. Indeed, I will chase Edom away from her land in a flash. I will appoint whoever is chosen for her. For who is like Me? Who will summon Me? Who is the shepherd who can stand against Me?”

Isaiah 5:29

Their roaring is like a lion’s;
they roar like young lions;
they growl and seize their prey
and carry it off,
and no one can rescue it.

Jeremiah 51:38

They will roar together like young lions;
they will growl like lion cubs.

Lions » God's power exhibited in restraining

1 Kings 13:28

and he went and found the corpse of the man of God thrown on the road with the donkey and the lion standing beside the corpse. The lion had not eaten the corpse or mauled the donkey.

Daniel 6:27

He rescues and delivers;
He performs signs and wonders
in the heavens and on the earth,
for He has rescued Daniel
from the power of the lions.”

Lions » God provides for

Psalm 104:21

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

Psalm 104:28

When You give it to them,
they gather it;
when You open Your hand,
they are satisfied with good things.

Job 38:39

Can you hunt prey for a lioness
or satisfy the appetite of young lions

Lions » Attacks the sheepfolds

1 Samuel 17:34

David answered Saul: “Your servant has been tending his father’s sheep. Whenever a lion or a bear came and carried off a lamb from the flock,

Micah 5:8

Then the remnant of Jacob
will be among the nations, among many peoples,
like a lion among animals of the forest,
like a young lion among flocks of sheep,
which tramples and tears as it passes through,
and there is no one to rescue them.

Amos 3:12

The Lord says:As the shepherd snatches two legs
or a piece of an ear
from the lion’s mouth,
so the Israelites who live in Samaria
will be rescued
with only the corner of a bed
or the cushion of a couch.

Lions » Illustrative » Of imaginary fears of the slothful

Proverbs 22:13

The slacker says, “There’s a lion outside!
I’ll be killed in the public square!”

Proverbs 26:13

The slacker says, “There’s a lion in the road—
a lion in the public square!”

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

Proverbs 19:12

A king’s rage is like the roaring of a lion,
but his favor is like dew on the grass.

Proverbs 20:2

A king’s terrible wrath is like the roaring of a lion;
anyone who provokes him endangers himself.

Lions » Illustrative » Of brave men

2 Samuel 1:23

Saul and Jonathan,
loved and delightful,
they were not parted in life or in death.
They were swifter than eagles, stronger than lions.

2 Samuel 23:20

Benaiah son of Jehoiada was the son of a brave man from Kabzeel, a man of many exploits. Benaiah killed two sons of Ariel of Moab, and he went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion.

Lions » Described as » Superior in strength

Judges 14:18

On the seventh day, before sunset, the men of the city said to him:What is sweeter than honey?
What is stronger than a lion?So he said to them:If you hadn’t plowed with my young cow,
you wouldn’t know my riddle now!

Proverbs 30:30

a lion, which is mightiest among beasts
and doesn’t retreat before anything,

Lions » Disobedient prophet slain by

1 Kings 13:24

When he left, a lion attacked him along the way and killed him. His corpse was thrown on the road, and the donkey was standing beside it; the lion was standing beside the corpse too.

1 Kings 13:26

When the prophet who had brought him back from his way heard about it, he said, “He is the man of God who disobeyed the command of the Lord. The Lord has given him to the lion, and it has mauled and killed him, according to the word of the Lord that He spoke to him.”

Lions » Attacks and destroys men

1 Kings 13:24

When he left, a lion attacked him along the way and killed him. His corpse was thrown on the road, and the donkey was standing beside it; the lion was standing beside the corpse too.

1 Kings 20:36

He told him, “Because you did not listen to the voice of the Lord, mark my words: When you leave me, a lion will kill you.” When he left him, a lion attacked and killed him.

Lions » Rends its prey

Deuteronomy 33:20

He said about Gad:The one who enlarges Gad’s territory
will be blessed.
He lies down like a lion
and tears off an arm or even a head.

Psalm 7:2

or they will tear me like a lion,
ripping me apart with no one to rescue me.

Lions » Illustrative » Of persecutors

2 Timothy 4:17

But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the proclamation might be fully made through me and all the Gentiles might hear. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.

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

Isaiah 11:7

The cow and the bear will graze,
their young ones will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.

Isaiah 65:25

The wolf and the lamb will feed together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox,
but the serpent’s food will be dust!
They will not do what is evil or destroy
on My entire holy mountain,”
says the Lord.

Lions » Roars when seeking prey

Isaiah 31:4

For this is what the Lord said to me:As a lion or young lion growls over its prey
when a band of shepherds is called out against it,
and is not terrified by their shouting
or subdued by their noise,
so the Lord of Hosts will come down
to fight on Mount Zion
and on its hill.

Psalm 104:21

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

Lions » Described as » Fearless even of man

Isaiah 31:4

For this is what the Lord said to me:As a lion or young lion growls over its prey
when a band of shepherds is called out against it,
and is not terrified by their shouting
or subdued by their noise,
so the Lord of Hosts will come down
to fight on Mount Zion
and on its hill.

Nahum 2:11

Where is the lions’ lair,
or the feeding ground of the young lions,
where the lion and lioness prowled,
and the lion’s cub,
with nothing to frighten them away?

Lions » Universal terror caused by roaring of

Jeremiah 2:15

The young lions have roared at him;
they have roared loudly.
They have laid waste his land.
His cities are in ruins, without inhabitants.

Lions » Criminals often thrown to » Da 6:7

Lions » Greatness of its teeth alluded to

Joel 1:6

For a nation has invaded My land,
powerful and without number;
its teeth are the teeth of a lion,
and it has the fangs of a lioness.

Psalm 58:6

God, knock the teeth out of their mouths;
Lord, tear out the young lions’ fangs.

Lions » Described as » Fierce

Job 10:16

If I am proud, You hunt me like a lion
and again display Your miraculous power against me.

Job 28:8

Proud beasts have never walked on it;
no lion has ever prowled over it.

Lions » Inhabits » Mountains

Song of Songs 4:8

Come with me from Lebanon, my bride
with me from Lebanon!
Descend from the peak of Amana,
from the summit of Senir and Hermon,
from the dens of the lions,
from the mountains of the leopards.

Lions » Illustrative » Of the tribe of gad

Deuteronomy 33:20

He said about Gad:The one who enlarges Gad’s territory
will be blessed.
He lies down like a lion
and tears off an arm or even a head.

Lions » Described as » Majestic in movement

Proverbs 30:29-30

Three things are stately in their stride, even four are stately in their walk: a lion, which is mightiest among beasts and doesn't retreat before anything,

Lions » Described as » Active

Deuteronomy 33:22

He said about Dan:Dan is a young lion,
leaping out of Bashan.

Lions » Slain by » David

1 Samuel 17:35-36

I went after it, struck it down, and rescued [the lamb] from its mouth. If it reared up against me, I would grab it by its fur, strike it down, and kill it. Your servant has killed lions and bears; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God."

Lions » Canaan infested by

2 Kings 17:25-26

When they first lived there, they did not fear the Lord. So the Lord sent lions among them, which killed some of them. The settlers spoke to the king of Assyria, saying, "The nations that you have deported and placed in the cities of Samaria do not know the custom of the God of the land. Therefore, He has sent lions among them, which are killing them because the people don't know the custom of the God of the land."

Lions » Illustrative » Of Christ

Revelation 5:5

Then one of the elders said to me, “Stop crying. Look! The Lion from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has been victorious so that He may open the scroll and its seven seals.”

Lions » Described as » Courageous

2 Samuel 17:10

Then, even a brave man with the heart of a lion will melt because all Israel knows that your father and the valiant men with him are warriors.

Lions » Slain by » Benaiah

2 Samuel 23:20

Benaiah son of Jehoiada was the son of a brave man from Kabzeel, a man of many exploits. Benaiah killed two sons of Ariel of Moab, and he went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion.

Lions » Illustrative » Of boldness of saints

Lions » Slain by » Samson

Judges 14:5-6

Samson went down to Timnah with his father and mother and came to the vineyards of Timnah. Suddenly a young lion came roaring at him, the Spirit of the Lord took control of him, and he tore the lion apart with his bare hands as he might have torn a young goat. But he did not tell his father or mother what he had done.

Lions » Illustrative » Of the tribe of judah

Genesis 49:9

Judah is a young lion
my son, you return from the kill.
He crouches; he lies down like a lion
or a lioness—who dares to rouse him?

Lions » Illustrative » Of israel

Numbers 24:9

He crouches, he lies down like a lion
or a lioness—who dares to rouse him?
Those who bless you will be blessed,
and those who curse you will be cursed.

Lions » Inhabits » Thickets

Jeremiah 4:7

A lion has gone up from his thicket;
a destroyer of nations has set out.
He has left his lair
to make your land a waste.
Your cities will be reduced to uninhabited ruins.

Lions » Inhabits » Forests

Jeremiah 5:6

Therefore, a lion from the forest will strike them down.
A wolf from an arid plain will ravage them.
A leopard keeps watch over their cities.
Anyone who leaves them will be torn to pieces
because their rebellious acts are many,
their unfaithful deeds numerous.

Lions » Conceals itself by day

Psalm 104:22

The sun rises; they go back
and lie down in their dens.

Lions » Illustrative » Of God in protecting his church

Isaiah 31:4

For this is what the Lord said to me:As a lion or young lion growls over its prey
when a band of shepherds is called out against it,
and is not terrified by their shouting
or subdued by their noise,
so the Lord of Hosts will come down
to fight on Mount Zion
and on its hill.

Lions » Illustrative » Of the devil

Lions » Described as » Voracious

Psalm 17:12

They are like a lion eager to tear,
like a young lion lurking in ambush.

Lions » Inhabits » Deserts

Isaiah 30:6

An oracle about the animals of the Negev:Through a land of trouble and distress,
of lioness and lion,
of viper and flying serpent,
they carry their wealth on the backs of donkeys
and their treasures on the humps of camels,
to a people who will not help them.

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

Judges 14:8

After some time, when he returned to get her, he left the road to see the lion’s carcass, and there was a swarm of bees with honey in the carcass.

Lions » Often carries its prey to its den

Nahum 2:12

The lion mauled whatever its cubs needed
and strangled prey for its lionesses.
It filled up its dens with the kill,
and its lairs with mauled prey.

Lions » Lurketh for its prey

Psalm 10:9

he lurks in secret like a lion in a thicket.
He lurks in order to seize the afflicted;
he seizes the afflicted and drags him in his net.

Lions » Hunting of, alluded to

Job 10:16

If I am proud, You hunt me like a lion
and again display Your miraculous power against me.

Lions » Often perishes for lack of food

Job 4:11

The strong lion dies if it catches no prey,
and the cubs of the lioness are scattered.

Lions » Characteristics of

Deuteronomy 33:22

He said about Dan:Dan is a young lion,
leaping out of Bashan.

Judges 14:18

On the seventh day, before sunset, the men of the city said to him:What is sweeter than honey?
What is stronger than a lion?So he said to them:If you hadn’t plowed with my young cow,
you wouldn’t know my riddle now!

2 Samuel 17:10

Then, even a brave man with the heart of a lion will melt because all Israel knows that your father and the valiant men with him are warriors.

Job 10:16

If I am proud, You hunt me like a lion
and again display Your miraculous power against me.

Psalm 17:12

They are like a lion eager to tear,
like a young lion lurking in ambush.

Lions » General references to

1 Samuel 17:34

David answered Saul: “Your servant has been tending his father’s sheep. Whenever a lion or a bear came and carried off a lamb from the flock,

Judges 14:5

Samson went down to Timnah with his father and mother and came to the vineyards of Timnah. Suddenly a young lion came roaring at him,

1 Kings 13:24

When he left, a lion attacked him along the way and killed him. His corpse was thrown on the road, and the donkey was standing beside it; the lion was standing beside the corpse too.

Daniel 6:19

At the first light of dawn the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den.

Righteous » Compared with » Lions

Micah 5:8

Then the remnant of Jacob
will be among the nations, among many peoples,
like a lion among animals of the forest,
like a young lion among flocks of sheep,
which tramples and tears as it passes through,
and there is no one to rescue them.

compared to Saints » Lions

Micah 5:8

Then the remnant of Jacob
will be among the nations, among many peoples,
like a lion among animals of the forest,
like a young lion among flocks of sheep,
which tramples and tears as it passes through,
and there is no one to rescue them.

Topics on Lions

Creatures Like Lions

Ezekiel 1:10

The form of each of their faces was that of a man, and each of the four had the face of a lion on the right, the face of an ox on the left, and the face of an eagle.

Deliverance From Lions

Psalm 22:21

Save me from the mouth of the lion!
You have rescued me
from the horns of the wild oxen.

In Danger From Lions

Judges 14:5

Samson went down to Timnah with his father and mother and came to the vineyards of Timnah. Suddenly a young lion came roaring at him,

Lions, Figurative Use Of

Genesis 49:9

Judah is a young lion
my son, you return from the kill.
He crouches; he lies down like a lion
or a lioness—who dares to rouse him?

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