Zephaniah 3:3
New International Version
Her officials within her are roaring lions; her rulers are evening wolves, who leave nothing for the morning.

New Living Translation
Its leaders are like roaring lions hunting for their victims. Its judges are like ravenous wolves at evening time, who by dawn have left no trace of their prey.

English Standard Version
Her officials within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves that leave nothing till the morning.

Berean Study Bible
Her princes are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves, leaving nothing for the morning.

New American Standard Bible
Her princes within her are roaring lions, Her judges are wolves at evening; They leave nothing for the morning.

King James Bible
Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow.

Christian Standard Bible
The princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are wolves of the night, which leave nothing for the morning.

Contemporary English Version
Its officials are roaring lions, its judges are wolves; in the evening they attack, by morning nothing is left.

Good News Translation
Its officials are like roaring lions; its judges are like hungry wolves, too greedy to leave a bone until morning.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are wolves of the night, which leave nothing for the morning.

International Standard Version
Its national officials are roaring lions; its judges are like wolves of the night that don't leave the bones for the morning.

NET Bible
Her princes are as fierce as roaring lions; her rulers are as hungry as wolves in the desert, who completely devour their prey by morning.

New Heart English Bible
Her princes in the midst of her are roaring lions. Her judges are evening wolves. They leave nothing until the next day.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Its officials are [like] roaring lions. Its judges are [like] wolves in the evening. They leave nothing to gnaw on for the morning.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Her princes in the midst of her are roaring lions; Her judges are wolves of the desert, They leave not a bone for the morrow.

New American Standard 1977
Her princes within her are roaring lions, Her judges are wolves at evening; They leave nothing for the morning.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they do not leave a bone for tomorrow.

King James 2000 Bible
Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they leave not a bone till the morning.

American King James Version
Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow.

American Standard Version
Her princes in the midst of her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they leave nothing till the morrow.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Her prophets are light and scornful men: her priests profane the holy things, and sinfully transgress the law.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Her princes are in the midst of her as roaring lions: her judges are evening wolves, they left nothing for the morning.

Darby Bible Translation
Her princes in the midst of her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves, that leave nothing for the morning.

English Revised Version
Her princes in the midst of her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they leave nothing till the morrow.

Webster's Bible Translation
Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow.

World English Bible
Her princes in the midst of her are roaring lions. Her judges are evening wolves. They leave nothing until the next day.

Young's Literal Translation
Her heads in her midst are roaring lions, Her judges are evening wolves, They have not gnawn the bone in the morning.
Study Bible
The Judgment on Jerusalem
2She heeded no voice; she accepted no instruction. She does not trust in the LORD; she has not drawn near to her God. 3Her princes are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves, leaving nothing for the morning. 4Her prophets are reckless, faithless men. Her priests profane the sanctuary; they do violence to the law.…
Cross References
Isaiah 5:29
Their roaring is like that of a lion; they roar like young lions. They growl and seize their prey; they carry it away from deliverance.

Jeremiah 5:6
Therefore a lion from the forest will strike them down, a wolf from the desert will ravage them. A leopard will lie in wait near their cities, and everyone who ventures out will be torn to pieces. For their rebellious acts are many, and their unfaithful deeds are numerous.

Jeremiah 34:19
The officials of Judah and Jerusalem, the court officials, the priests, and all the people of the land who passed between the pieces of the calf,

Ezekiel 22:27
Her officials within her are like wolves tearing their prey, shedding blood, and destroying lives for dishonest gain.

Ezekiel 33:26
You have relied on your swords, you have committed detestable acts, and each of you has defiled his neighbor's wife. Should you then possess the land?'

Micah 3:3
You eat the flesh of my people after stripping off their skin and breaking their bones. You chop them up like meat for the cooking pot, like meat in a kettle."

Habakkuk 1:8
Their horses are swifter than leopards, fiercer than wolves of the night. Their horsemen charge ahead, and their cavalry comes from afar. They fly like a vulture, swooping down to devour.

Treasury of Scripture

Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow.

princes.

Job 4:8-11
Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same…

Psalm 10:8-10
He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor…

Proverbs 28:15
As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.

evening.

Jeremiah 5:6
Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and a wolf of the evenings shall spoil them, a leopard shall watch over their cities: every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces: because their transgressions are many, and their backslidings are increased.

Habakkuk 1:8
Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat.







Lexicon
Her princes
שָׂרֶ֣יהָ (śā·re·hā)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8269: Chieftain, chief, ruler, official, captain, prince

are roaring
שֹֽׁאֲגִ֑ים (šō·’ă·ḡîm)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7580: To rumble, moan

lions;
אֲרָי֖וֹת (’ă·rā·yō·wṯ)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 738: A lion

her judges [are]
שֹׁפְטֶ֙יהָ֙ (šō·p̄ə·ṭe·hā)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8199: To judge, pronounce sentence, to vindicate, punish, to govern, to litigate

evening
עֶ֔רֶב (‘e·reḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6153: Evening

wolves,
זְאֵ֣בֵי (zə·’ê·ḇê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 2061: A wolf

leaving
גָרְמ֖וּ (ḡā·rə·mū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 1633: To bone, denude, the bones

nothing
לֹ֥א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

for the morning.
לַבֹּֽקֶר׃ (lab·bō·qer)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1242: Dawn, morning
Verse 3. - Roaring lions. The princes, who ought to protect the people, are ready to tear them in pieces and devour them (Proverbs 28:15). Probably the violence and arrogance of the chiefs had increased during the minority of the king. This must have been written before the great reformation. Evening wolves (see note on Habakkuk 1:8). The judges, whose duty it was to administer justice and to set an example of equity and virtue, are themselves most cruel and rapacious. They gnaw not the bones till tomorrow; they gnaw no bones in the morning; that is, they are so greedy that they eat up all their prey at once and leave nothing till the morning. The versions drop the metaphor, and render, "They leave not to the morning" (comp. Ezekiel 22:27). 3:1-7 The holy God hates sin most in those nearest to him. A sinful state is, and will be, a woful state. Yet they had the tokens of God's presence, and all the advantages of knowing his will, with the strongest reasons to do it; still they persisted in disobedience. Alas, that men often are more active in doing wickedness than believers are in doing good.
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