Proverbs 28:15
New International Version
Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a helpless people.

New Living Translation
A wicked ruler is as dangerous to the poor as a roaring lion or an attacking bear.

English Standard Version
Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a poor people.

Berean Study Bible
Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a helpless people.

New American Standard Bible
Like a roaring lion and a rushing bear Is a wicked ruler over a poor people.

King James Bible
As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.

Christian Standard Bible
A wicked ruler over a helpless people is like a roaring lion or a charging bear.

Contemporary English Version
A ruler who mistreats the poor is like a roaring lion or a bear hunting for food.

Good News Translation
Poor people are helpless against a wicked ruler; he is as dangerous as a growling lion or a prowling bear.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A wicked ruler over a helpless people is like a roaring lion or a charging bear.

International Standard Version
A roaring lion and a charging bear— that's what a wicked tyrant is over poor people.

NET Bible
Like a roaring lion or a roving bear, so is a wicked ruler over a poor people.

New Heart English Bible
As a roaring lion or a charging bear, so is a wicked ruler over helpless people.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The lion roars and the bear has given a sound because an evil one rules over poor people.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[Like] a roaring lion and a charging bear, [so] a wicked ruler is a threat to poor people.

JPS Tanakh 1917
As a roaring lion, and a ravenous bear; So is a wicked ruler over a poor people.

New American Standard 1977
Like a roaring lion and a rushing bear Is a wicked ruler over a poor people.

Jubilee Bible 2000
As a roaring lion and a hungry bear, so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.

King James 2000 Bible
As a roaring lion, and a charging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.

American King James Version
As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.

American Standard Version
As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear,'so is a wicked ruler over a poor people.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A hungry lion and a thirsty wolf is he, who, being poor, rules over a poor nation.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As a roaring lion, and a hungry bear, so is a wicked prince over the poor people.

Darby Bible Translation
A roaring lion, and a ranging bear, is a wicked ruler over a poor people.

English Revised Version
As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over a poor people.

Webster's Bible Translation
As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.

World English Bible
As a roaring lion or a charging bear, so is a wicked ruler over helpless people.

Young's Literal Translation
A growling lion, and a ranging bear, Is the wicked ruler over a poor people.
Study Bible
The Boldness of the Righteous
14Blessed is the man who is always reverent, but he who hardens his heart falls into trouble. 15Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a helpless people. 16A leader who lacks understanding is also a great oppressor, but he who hates dishonest profit will prolong his days.…
Cross References
Matthew 2:16
When Herod saw that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was filled with rage. Sending orders, he put to death all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, according to the time he had learned from the Magi.

1 Peter 5:8
Be sober-minded and alert. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

Exodus 1:14
and made their lives bitter with hard labor in brick and mortar, and with all kinds of work in the fields. Every service they imposed was harsh.

Proverbs 19:12
A king's rage is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.

Proverbs 29:2
When the righteous flourish, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.

Treasury of Scripture

As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.

a roaring

Proverbs 20:2
The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.

Hosea 5:11
Ephraim is oppressed and broken in judgment, because he willingly walked after the commandment.

1 Peter 5:8
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

a ranging

Proverbs 17:12
Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.

2 Kings 2:24
And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.

Hosea 13:8
I will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of her whelps, and will rend the caul of their heart, and there will I devour them like a lion: the wild beast shall tear them.

so

Exodus 1:14-16,22
And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in morter, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour…

1 Samuel 22:17-19
And the king said unto the footmen that stood about him, Turn, and slay the priests of the LORD; because their hand also is with David, and because they knew when he fled, and did not shew it to me. But the servants of the king would not put forth their hand to fall upon the priests of the LORD…

2 Kings 15:16
Then Menahem smote Tiphsah, and all that were therein, and the coasts thereof from Tirzah: because they opened not to him, therefore he smote it; and all the women therein that were with child he ripped up.







Lexicon
Like a roaring
נֹ֭הֵם (nō·hêm)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5098: To growl, groan

lion
אֲרִי־ (’ă·rî-)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 738: A lion

or a charging
שׁוֹקֵ֑ק (šō·w·qêq)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8264: To course, to seek greedily

bear
וְדֹ֣ב (wə·ḏōḇ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1677: The bear

is a wicked
רָ֝שָׁ֗ע (rā·šā‘)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7563: Wrong, an, bad person

ruler
מֹשֵׁ֥ל (mō·šêl)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4910: To rule, have dominion, reign

over
עַ֣ל (‘al)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

a helpless
דָּֽל׃ (dāl)
Adjective - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1800: Dangling, weak, thin

people.
עַם־ (‘am-)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock
(15) A ranging bear--i.e., wandering hungrily in great want of food.

Over the poor people--i.e., a people too weak to resist him, over whom he can tyrannise without fear.

Verse 15. - A wicked ruler over the poor people; a people weak and resourceless. To such a powerful tyrant is as fatal as a roaring lion or a hungry bear prowling in quest of food. The prophets compare evil rulers to ravenous lions (see Jeremiah 4:7; Ezekiel 19:6). They are like lions in strength and cruelty, like bears in craft and ferocity. Septuagint, "A hungry lion and a thirsty wolf is he, who, being poor, rules over an indigent nation." The poverty of the subjects embitters the conduct of the ruler. 28:1 Sin makes men cowards. Whatever difficulties the righteous meet in the way of duty, they are not daunted. 2. National sins disturb the public repose. 3. If needy persons get opportunities of oppressing, their extortion will be more severe than that of the more wealthy. 4. Wicked people strengthen one another in wicked ways. 5. If a man seeks the Lord, it is a good sign that he understands much, and it is a good means of understanding more. 6. An honest, godly, poor man, is better than a wicked, ungodly, rich man; has more comfort in himself, and is a greater blessing to the world. 7. Companions of riotous men not only grieve their parents, but shame them. 8. That which is ill got, though it may increase much, will not last long. Thus the poor are repaid, and God is glorified. 9. The sinner at whose prayers God is angry, is one who obstinately refuses to obey God's commands. 10. The success of ungodly men is their own misery. 11. Rich men are so flattered, that they think themselves superior to others. 12. There is glory in the land when the righteous have liberty. 13. It is folly to indulge sin, and excuse it. He who covers his sins, shall not have any true peace. He who humbly confesses his sins, with true repentance and faith, shall find mercy from God. The Son of God is our great atonement. Under a deep sense of our guilt and danger, we may claim salvation from that mercy which reigns through righteousness unto eternal life, by Jesus Christ our Lord. 14. There is a fear which causes happiness. Faith and love will deliver from the fear of eternal misery; but we should always fear offending God, and fear sinning against him. 15. A wicked ruler, whatever we may call him, this scripture calls a roaring lion, and a ranging bear. 16. Oppressors want understanding; they do not consult their own honour, ease, and safety. 17. The murderer shall be haunted with terrors. None shall desire to save him from deserved punishment, nor pity him.
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