KJV LexiconThe lion
a lion -- (young) lion, + pierce (from the margin).
did tear in pieces
to pluck off or pull to pieces; causatively to supply with food (as in morsels) -- catch, without doubt, feed, ravin, rend in pieces, surely, tear (in pieces).
enough (as noun or adverb), used chiefly with preposition in phrases
for his whelps
to be narrow; by implication, to throttle, or (reflex.) to choke oneself to death (by a rope) -- hang self, strangle.
for his lionesses
(great, old, stout) lion, lioness, young (lion).
a primitive root, to fill or (intransitively) be full of, in a wide application (literally and figuratively)
a cavity, socket, den -- cave, hole.
something torn, i.e. a fragment, e.g. a fresh leaf, prey, food -- leaf, meat, prey, spoil.
and his dens
den, habitation, (dwelling) place, refuge.
prey, i.e. flocks devoured by animals -- ravin, (that which was) torn (of beasts, in pieces).
Parallel VersesNew American Standard Bible
The lion tore enough for his cubs, Killed enough for his lionesses, And filled his lairs with prey And his dens with torn flesh.
King James Bible
The lion did tear in pieces enough for his whelps, and strangled for his lionesses, and filled his holes with prey, and his dens with ravin.
Holman Christian Standard Bible
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.
International Standard Version
This lion renders its prey to pieces to feed its whelps, and strangles enough prey for its mate, filling its lairs with prey and its dens with rendered flesh.
The lion tore apart as much prey as his cubs needed and strangled prey to provide food for his lionesses; he filled his lairs with prey and his dens with torn flesh.
GOD'S WORD® Translation
The lion tore its prey to pieces to feed its cubs. It strangled [the prey] for its mates. It used to fill its caves with torn carcasses and its dens with torn flesh.
King James 2000 Bible
The lion did tear in pieces enough for his cubs, and strangled for his lionesses, and filled his caves with prey, and his dens with torn flesh.
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