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

Proverbs 20:2
The terror of a king is like the roar of a lion; whoever provokes him forfeits his own life.

Hosea 5:11
Ephraim is oppressed, crushed in judgment, for he is determined to follow what is worthless.

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

a ranging

Proverbs 17:12
It is better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly.

2 Kings 2:24
Then he turned around, looked at them, and called down a curse on them in the name of the LORD. Suddenly two female bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the young men.

Hosea 13:8
Like a bear robbed of her cubs, I will attack them, and I will tear open their chests. There I will devour them like a lion, like a wild beast would tear them apart.


Exodus 1:14-16, 22
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. . . .

1 Samuel 22:17-19
Then the king ordered the guards at his side, "Turn and kill the priests of the LORD, because they too sided with David. For they knew he was fleeing, but they did not tell me." But the king's servants would not lift a hand to strike the priests of the LORD. . . .

2 Kings 15:16
At that time Menahem, starting from Tirzah, attacked Tiphsah and everyone in its vicinity, because they would not open their gates. So he attacked Tiphsah and ripped open all the pregnant women.

2 Kings 21:16
Moreover, Manasseh shed so much innocent blood that he filled Jerusalem from end to end, in addition to the sin that he had caused Judah to commit, doing evil in the sight of the LORD.

Esther 3:6-10
And when he learned the identity of Mordecai's people, he despised the notion of laying hands on Mordecai alone. Instead, he sought to destroy all of Mordecai's people, the Jews, throughout the kingdom of Xerxes. . . .

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.

Parallel Verses
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.

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.

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