Psalm 17:12
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New International Version
They are like a lion hungry for prey, like a fierce lion crouching in cover.

New Living Translation
They are like hungry lions, eager to tear me apart--like young lions hiding in ambush.

English Standard Version
He is like a lion eager to tear, as a young lion lurking in ambush.

New American Standard Bible
He is like a lion that is eager to tear, And as a young lion lurking in hiding places.

King James Bible
Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey, and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They are like a lion eager to tear, like a young lion lurking in ambush.

International Standard Version
Like a lion they desire to rip us to pieces, like a young lion waiting in ambush.

NET Bible
He is like a lion that wants to tear its prey to bits, like a young lion crouching in hidden places.

New Heart English Bible
He is like a lion that is greedy of his prey, as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
They are like a lion which seeks to tear apart and like a lion's whelp which sits in a secret place.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Each one of them is like a lion eager to tear [its prey] apart and like a young lion crouching in hiding places.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He is like a lion that is eager to tear in pieces, And like a young lion lurking in secret places.

New American Standard 1977
He is like a lion that is eager to tear,
            And as a young lion lurking in hiding places.

Jubilee Bible 2000
like as a lion that is greedy of his prey, and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.

King James 2000 Bible
Like as a lion that is greedy of its prey, and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.

American King James Version
Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey, and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.

American Standard Version
He is like a lion that is greedy of his prey, And as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They have taken me, as a lion prepared for the prey; and as a young lion dwelling in secret places.

Darby Bible Translation
He is like a lion that is greedy of its prey, and as a young lion lurking in secret places.

English Revised Version
He is like a lion that is greedy of his prey, and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.

Webster's Bible Translation
Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey, and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.

World English Bible
He is like a lion that is greedy of his prey, as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.

Young's Literal Translation
His likeness as a lion desirous to tear, As a young lion dwelling in secret places.
Study Bible
Hear, O Lord, My Righteous Plee
11They have now surrounded us in our steps; They set their eyes to cast us down to the ground. 12He is like a lion that is eager to tear, And as a young lion lurking in hiding places. 13Arise, O LORD, confront him, bring him low; Deliver my soul from the wicked with Your sword,…
Cross References
Psalm 7:2
Or he will tear my soul like a lion, Dragging me away, while there is none to deliver.

Psalm 10:9
He lurks in a hiding place as a lion in his lair; He lurks to catch the afflicted; He catches the afflicted when he draws him into his net.

Psalm 22:13
They open wide their mouth at me, As a ravening and a roaring lion.
Treasury of Scripture

Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey, and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.

Like, etc. [Heb.] The likeness of him, (that is, of every one of them) is as a lion that desireth to ravin.

Psalm 7:2 Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there …

Psalm 22:13 They gaped on me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.

2 Timothy 4:17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that …

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring …

lurking [Heb.] sitting

(12) Young lion.--Heb., kephir. The Hebrew has seven different names for the lion. Milton's description of Satan naturally recurs to the reader--

"About them round

A lion now he stalks with fiery glare."

Verse 12. - Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey; literally, his likeness [is] as a lion that is greedy to rend (comp. Psalm 7:2; Psalm 10:9; Psalm 57:4). And as it were a young lion (kephir, "a lion in the first burst of youthful vigour") lurking in secret places; rather, crouching. The attitude of the lieu when he is just preparing to spring. Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey,.... Or "the likeness of him is as a lion" (i); meaning Saul, as Kimchi interprets it; or everyone of them that compassed them about, as Aben Ezra observes; sometimes wicked and persecuting princes are compared to lions, for their strength and cruelty; see Proverbs 28:15; so the devil is called a roaring lion, 1 Peter 5:8; and the antichristian beast is said to have the mouth of a lion, Revelation 13:2;

and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places; to leap upon its prey, and seize it at once, as it has opportunity; this denotes the secret and insidious method which the enemies of Christ take to do mischief; see Psalm 10:9.

(i) "similitudo ejus, vel cujusque est tanquam leonis", Pagninus, Montanus, Junius & Tremellius; so Musculus, Gejerus, Michaelis. 12. The figure made more special by that of a lion lurking.17:8-15 Being compassed with enemies, David prays to God to keep him in safety. This prayer is a prediction that Christ would be preserved, through all the hardships and difficulties of his humiliation, to the glories and joys of his exalted state, and is a pattern to Christians to commit the keeping of their souls to God, trusting him to preserve them to his heavenly kingdom. Those are our worst enemies, that are enemies to our souls. They are God's sword, which cannot move without him, and which he will sheathe when he has done his work with it. They are his hand, by which he chastises his people. There is no fleeing from God's hand, but by fleeing to it. It is very comfortable, when we are in fear of the power of man, to see it dependent upon, and in subjection to the power of God. Most men look on the things of this world as the best things; and they look no further, nor show any care to provide for another life. The things of this world are called treasures, they are so accounted; but to the soul, and when compared with eternal blessings, they are trash. The most afflicted Christian need not envy the most prosperous men of the world, who have their portion in this life. Clothed with Christ's righteousness, having through his grace a good heart and a good life, may we by faith behold God's face, and set him always before us. When we awake every morning, may we be satisfied with his likeness set before us in his word, and with his likeness stamped upon us by his renewing grace. Happiness in the other world is prepared only for those that are justified and sanctified: they shall be put in possession of it when the soul awakes, at death, out of its slumber in the body, and when the body awakes, at the resurrection, out of its slumber in the grave. There is no satisfaction for a soul but in God, and in his good will towards us, and his good work in us; yet that satisfaction will not be perfect till we come to heaven.
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