he lurks in secret like a lion in a thicket.
He lurks in order to seize a victim;
he seizes a victim and drags him in his net.

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12 They are[a] like a lion eager to tear,
like a young lion lurking in ambush.(A)

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Footnotes

  1. 17:12 Lit He is

29 Their roaring is like a lion’s;(A)
they roar like young lions;(B)
they growl and seize their prey
and carry it off,
and no one can rescue it.

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15 The young lions have roared at him;(A)
they have roared loudly.
They have laid waste his land.(B)
His cities are in ruins, without inhabitants.

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Therefore, a lion from the forest will strike them down.(A)
A wolf from arid plains will ravage them.
A leopard(B) stalks their cities.
Anyone who leaves them will be torn to pieces
because their rebellious acts are many,(C)
their unfaithful deeds numerous.(D)

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The Lord’s Response

If you have raced with runners
and they have worn you out,
how can you compete with horses?
If you stumble[a] in a peaceful land,
what will you do in the thickets of the Jordan?(A)

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Footnotes

  1. 12:5 Or you are secure

38 He has left his den like a lion,
for their land has become a desolation
because of the sword[a] of the oppressor,(A)
because of his burning anger.

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Footnotes

  1. 25:38 Some Hb mss, LXX, Tg; other Hb mss read burning

The Return of God’s People

17 Israel is a stray lamb, chased by lions.(A)
The first who devoured him was the king of Assyria;
the last who crushed his bones
was King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon.(B)

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Listen to the wail(A) of the shepherds,(B)
for their glory is destroyed.
Listen to the roar of young lions,(C)
for the thickets of the Jordan(D) are[a] destroyed.

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Footnotes

  1. 11:3 Lit for the majesty of the Jordan is

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