Psalm 17:12
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.

Berean Study Bible
like a lion greedy for prey, like a young lion lurking in ambush.

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

New King James Version
As a lion is eager to tear his prey, And like a young lion lurking in secret places.

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

NASB 1995
He is like a lion that is eager to tear, And as a young lion lurking in hiding places.

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

Amplified Bible
He is like a lion eager to tear [his prey], And like a young lion lurking in hiding places.

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

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

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.

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
They laid wait for me as a lion ready for prey, and like a lion's whelp dwelling in secret places.

Contemporary English Version
They are like hungry lions hunting for food, or like young lions hiding in ambush.

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

Good News Translation
They are like lions, waiting for me, wanting to tear me to pieces.

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.

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

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

Literal Standard Version
His likeness as a lion desirous to tear, As a young lion dwelling in secret places.

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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Hear My Righteous Plea
11They have tracked us down, and now surround us; their eyes are set to cast us to the ground, 12 like a lion greedy for prey, like a young lion lurking in ambush. 13Arise, O LORD, confront them! Bring them to their knees; deliver me from the wicked by Your sword,…

Cross References
Psalm 7:2
or they will shred my soul like a lion and tear me to pieces with no one to rescue me.

Psalm 10:9
He lies in wait like a lion in a thicket; he lurks to seize the oppressed; he catches the lowly in his net.

Psalm 22:13
They open their jaws against me like lions that roar and maul.


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.

Psalm 7:2
Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver.

Psalm 22:13
They gaped upon 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 by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.

lurking [Heb.









(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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
like a lion
כְּ֭אַרְיֵה (kə·’ar·yêh)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 738: A lion

greedy
יִכְס֣וֹף (yiḵ·sō·wp̄)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3700: To become pale, to pine after, to fear

for prey,
לִטְר֑וֹף (liṭ·rō·wp̄)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 2963: To pluck off, pull to pieces, to supply with food

like a young lion
וְ֝כִכְפִ֗יר (wə·ḵiḵ·p̄îr)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-k | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3715: A village, a young lion

lurking
יֹשֵׁ֥ב (yō·šêḇ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 3427: To sit down, to dwell, to remain, to settle, to marry

in ambush.
בְּמִסְתָּרִֽים׃ (bə·mis·tā·rîm)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 4565: A secret place, hiding place


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