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Topical Bible Studies list all the Scripture references you need to study up on a topic pertaining to creation. Then, you can incorporate these references into your “on location” lessons on Creation Safaris. Be sure to “rightly divide the word of truth” (2 Tim 2:15) by using these verses in context and with proper balance with the whole panorama of Biblical revelation.
– David F. Coppedge
LIONS IN SCRIPTURE
Need to teach your group about mountain lions? People in Bible times knew a lot about big cats!
Lions in the Bible:
GEN 49:9 “Judah is a lion’s whelp; From the prey, my son, you have gone up. He couches, he lies down as a lion, And as a lion, who dares rouse him up?
NUM 23:24 “Behold, a people rises like a lioness, And as a lion it lifts itself; It shall not lie down until it devours the prey, And drinks the blood of the slain.”
NUM 24:9 “He couches, he lies down as a lion, And as a lion, who dares rouse him? Blessed is everyone who blesses you, And cursed is everyone who curses you.”
DEU 33:20 And of Gad he said, “Blessed is the one who enlarges Gad; He lies down as a lion, And tears the arm, also the crown of the head.
DEU 33:22 And of Dan he said, “Dan is a lion’s whelp, That leaps forth from Bashan.”
JDG 14:5 Then Samson went down to Timnah with his father and mother, and came as far as the vineyards of Timnah; and behold, a young lion came roaring toward him.
JDG 14:8 When he returned later to take her, he turned aside to look at the carcass of the lion; and behold, a swarm of bees and honey were in the body of the lion.
JDG 14:9 So he scraped the honey into his hands and went on, eating as he went. When he came to his father and mother, he gave some to them and they ate it; but he did not tell them that he had scraped the honey out of the body of the lion.
JDG 14:18 So the men of the city said to him on the seventh day before the sun went down, “What is sweeter than honey? And what is stronger than a lion?” And he said to them, “If you had not plowed with my heifer, You would not have found out my riddle.”
1SA 17:34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant was tending his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and took a lamb from the flock,
1SA 17:36 “Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, since he has taunted the armies of the living God.”
1SA 17:37 And David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and may the Lord be with you.”
2SA 1:23 “Saul and Jonathan, beloved and pleasant in their life, And in their death they were not parted; They were swifter than eagles, They were stronger than lions.
2SA 17:10 “And even the one who is valiant, whose heart is like the heart of a lion, will completely lose heart; for all Israel knows that your father is a mighty man and those who are with him are valiant men.
2SA 23:20 Then Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man of Kabzeel, who had done mighty deeds, killed the two sons of Ariel of Moab. He also went down and killed a lion in the middle of a pit on a snowy day.
1KI 7:29 and on the borders which were between the frames were lions, oxen and cherubim; and on the frames there was a pedestal above, and beneath the lions and oxen were wreaths of hanging work.
1KI 7:36 And he engraved on the plates of its stays and on its borders, cherubim, lions and palm trees, according to the clear space on each, with wreaths all around.
1KI 10:19 There were six steps to the throne and a round top to the throne at its rear, and arms on each side of the seat, and two lions standing beside the arms.
1KI 10:20 And twelve lions were standing there on the six steps on the one side and on the other; nothing like it was made for any other kingdom.
1KI 13:24 Now when he had gone, a lion met him on the way and killed him, and his body was thrown on the road, with the donkey standing beside it; the lion also was standing beside the body.
1KI 13:25 And behold, men passed by and saw the body thrown on the road, and the lion standing beside the body; so they came and told it in the city where the old prophet lived.
1KI 13:26 Now when the prophet who brought him back from the way heard it, he said, “It is the man of God, who disobeyed the command of the Lord; therefore the Lord has given him to the lion, which has torn him and killed him, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke to him.”
1KI 13:28 And he went and found his body thrown on the road with the donkey and the lion standing beside the body; the lion had not eaten the body nor torn the donkey.
1KI 20:36 Then he said to him, “Because you have not listened to the voice of the Lord, behold, as soon as you have departed from me, a lion will kill you.” And as soon as he had departed from him a lion found him, and killed him.
2KI 17:25 And it came about at the beginning of their living there, that they did not fear the Lord; therefore the Lord sent lions among them which killed some of them.
2KI 17:26 So they spoke to the king of Assyria, saying, “The nations whom you have carried away into exile in the cities of Samaria do not know the custom of the god of the land; so he has sent lions among them, and behold, they kill them because they do not know the custom of the god of the land.”
1CH 11:22 Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man of Kabzeel, mighty in deeds, struck down the two sons of Ariel of Moab. He also went down and killed a lion inside a pit on a snowy day.
1CH 12:8 And from the Gadites there came over to David in the stronghold in the wilderness, mighty men of valor, men trained for war, who could handle shield and spear, and whose faces were like the faces of lions, and they were as swift as the gazelles on the mountains.
2CH 9:18 And there were six steps to the throne and a footstool in gold attached to the throne, and arms on each side of the seat, and two lions standing beside the arms.
2CH 9:19 And twelve lions were standing there on the six steps on the one side and on the other; nothing like it was made for any other kingdom.
JOB 4:10 “The roaring of the lion and the voice of the fierce lion, And the teeth of the young lions are broken.
JOB 4:11 “The lion perishes for lack of prey, And the whelps of the lioness are scattered.
JOB 10:16 ’And should my head be lifted up, Thou wouldst hunt me like a lion; And again Thou wouldst show Thy power against me.
JOB 28:8 “The proud beasts have not trodden it, Nor has the fierce lion passed over it.
JOB 38:39 “Can you hunt the prey for the lion, Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions, PSA 7:2 Lest he tear my soul like a lion, Dragging me away, while there is none to deliver.
PSA 10:9 He lurks in a hiding place as a lion in his lair; He lurks to catch the afflicted; He catches the afflicted when he draws him into his net.
PSA 17:12 He is like a lion that is eager to tear, And as a young lion lurking in hiding places.
PSA 22:13 They open wide their mouth at me, As a ravening and a roaring lion.
PSA 22:21 Save me from the lion’s mouth; And from the horns of the wild oxen Thou dost answer me.
PSA 34:10 The young lions do lack and suffer hunger; But they who seek the Lord shall not be in want of any good thing.
PSA 35:17 Lord, how long wilt Thou look on? Rescue my soul from their ravages, My only life from the lions.
PSA 57:4 My soul is among lions; I must lie among those who breathe forth fire, Even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, And their tongue a sharp sword.
PSA 58:6 O God, shatter their teeth in their mouth; Break out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord.
PSA 91:13 You will tread upon the lion and cobra, The young lion and the serpent you will trample down.
PSA 104:21 The young lions roar after their prey, And seek their food from God.
PRO 19:12 The king’s wrath is like the roaring of a lion, But his favor is like dew on the grass.
PRO 20:2 The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion; He who provokes him to anger forfeits his own life.
PRO 22:13 The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside; I shall be slain in the streets!”
PRO 26:13 The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road! A lion is in the open square!”
PRO 28:1 The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, But the righteous are bold as a lion.
PRO 28:15 Like a roaring lion and a rushing bear Is a wicked ruler over a poor people.
PRO 30:30 The lion which is mighty among beasts And does not retreat before any,
ECC 9:4 For whoever is joined with all the living, there is hope; surely a live dog is better than a dead lion.
SOL 4:8 “Come with me from Lebanon, my bride, May you come with me from Lebanon. Journey down from the summit of Amana, From the summit of Senir and Hermon, From the dens of lions, From the mountains of leopards.
ISA 5:29 Its roaring is like a lioness, and it roars like young lions; It growls as it seizes the prey, And carries it off with no one to deliver it.
ISA 11:6 And the wolf will dwell with the lamb, And the leopard will lie down with the kid, And the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; And a little boy will lead them.
ISA 11:7 Also the cow and the bear will graze; Their young will lie down together; And the lion will eat straw like the ox.
ISA 15:9 For the waters of Dimon are full of blood; Surely I will bring added woes upon Dimon, A lion upon the fugitives of Moab and upon the remnant of the land.
ISA 30:6 The oracle concerning the beasts of the Negev. Through a land of distress and anguish, From where come lioness and lion, viper and flying serpent, They carry their riches on the backs of young donkeys And their treasures on camels’ humps, To a people who cannot profit them;
ISA 31:4 For thus says the Lord to me, “As the lion or the young lion growls over his prey, Against which a band of shepherds is called out, Will not be terrified at their voice, nor disturbed at their noise, So will the Lord of hosts come down to wage war on Mount Zion and on its hill.”
ISA 35:9 No lion will be there, Nor will any vicious beast go up on it; These will not be found there. But the redeemed will walk there,
ISA 38:13 “I composed my soul until morning. Like a lion-- so He breaks all my bones, From day until night Thou dost make an end of me.
ISA 65:25 “The wolf and the lamb shall graze together, and the lion shall eat straw like the ox; and dust shall be the serpent’s food. They shall do no evil or harm in all My holy mountain,” says the Lord.
JER 2:15 “The young lions have roared at him, They have roared loudly. And they have made his land a waste; His cities have been destroyed, without inhabitant.
JER 2:30 “In vain I have struck your sons; They accepted no chastening. Your sword has devoured your prophets Like a destroying lion.
JER 4:7 “A lion has gone up from his thicket, And a destroyer of nations has set out; He has gone out from his place To make your land a waste. Your cities will be ruins Without inhabitant.
JER 5:6 Therefore a lion from the forest shall slay them, A wolf of the deserts shall destroy them, A leopard is watching their cities. Everyone who goes out of them shall be torn in pieces, Because their transgressions are many, Their apostasies are numerous.
JER 12:8 “My inheritance has become to Me Like a lion in the forest; She has roared against Me; Therefore I have come to hate her.
JER 25:38 “He has left His hiding place like the lion; For their land has become a horror Because of the fierceness of the oppressing sword, And because of His fierce anger.”
JER 49:19 “Behold, one will come up like a lion from the thickets of the Jordan against a perennially watered pasture; for in an instant I shall make him run away from it, and whoever is chosen I shall appoint over it. For who is like Me, and who will summon Me into court? And who then is the shepherd who can stand against Me?”
JER 50:17 “Israel is a scattered flock, the lions have driven them away. The first one who devoured him was the king of Assyria, and this last one who has broken his bones is Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.
JER 50:44 “Behold, one will come up like a lion from the thicket of the Jordan to a perennially watered pasture; for in an instant I shall make them run away from it, and whoever is chosen I shall appoint over it. For who is like Me, and who will summon Me into court? And who then is the shepherd who can stand before Me?”
JER 51:38 “They will roar together like young lions, They will growl like lions’ cubs.
LAM 3:10 He is to me like a bear lying in wait, Like a lion in secret places.
EZE 1:10 As for the form of their faces, each had the face of a man, all four had the face of a lion on the right and the face of a bull on the left, and all four had the face of an eagle.
EZE 10:14 And each one had four faces. The first face was the face of a cherub, the second face was the face of a man, the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle.
EZE 19:2 and say, ’What was your mother? A lioness among lions! She lay down among young lions, She reared her cubs.
EZE 19:3 ’When she brought up one of her cubs, He became a lion, And he learned to tear his prey; He devoured men.
EZE 19:5 ’When she saw, as she waited, That her hope was lost, She took another of her cubs And made him a young lion.
EZE 19:6 ’And he walked about among the lions; He became a young lion, He learned to tear his prey; He devoured men.
EZE 22:25 “There is a conspiracy of her prophets in her midst, like a roaring lion tearing the prey. They have devoured lives; they have taken treasure and precious things; they have made many widows in the midst of her.
EZE 32:2 “Son of man, take up a lamentation over Pharaoh king of Egypt, and say to him, ’You compared yourself to a young lion of the nations, Yet you are like the monster in the seas; And you burst forth in your rivers, And muddied the waters with your feet, And fouled their rivers.’”
EZE 41:19 a man’s face toward the palm tree on one side, and a young lion’s face toward the palm tree on the other side; they were carved on all the house all around.
DAN 6:7 “All the commissioners of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the high officials and the governors have consulted together that the king should establish a statute and enforce an injunction that anyone who makes a petition to any god or man besides you, O king, for thirty days, shall be cast into the lions’ den.
DAN 6:12 Then they approached and spoke before the king about the king’s injunction, “Did you not sign an injunction that any man who makes a petition to any god or man besides you, O king, for thirty days, is to be cast into the lions’ den?” The king answered and said, “The statement is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which may not be revoked.”
DAN 6:16 Then the king gave orders, and Daniel was brought in and cast into the lions’ den. The king spoke and said to Daniel, “Your God whom you constantly serve will Himself deliver you.”
DAN 6:19 Then the king arose with the dawn, at the break of day, and went in haste to the lions’ den.
DAN 6:20 And when he had come near the den to Daniel, he cried out with a troubled voice. The king spoke and said to Daniel, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you constantly serve, been able to deliver you from the lions?”
DAN 6:22 “My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not harmed me, inasmuch as I was found innocent before Him; and also toward you, O king, I have committed no crime.”
DAN 6:24 The king then gave orders, and they brought those men who had maliciously accused Daniel, and they cast them, their children, and their wives into the lions’ den; and they had not reached the bottom of the den before the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.
DAN 6:27 “He delivers and rescues and performs signs and wonders In heaven and on earth, Who has also delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.”
DAN 7:4 “The first was like a lion and had the wings of an eagle. I kept looking until its wings were plucked, and it was lifted up from the ground and made to stand on two feet like a man; a human mind also was given to it.
HOS 5:14 For I will be like a lion to Ephraim, And like a young lion to the house of Judah. I, even I, will tear to pieces and go away, I will carry away, and there will be none to deliver.
HOS 11:10 They will walk after the Lord, He will roar like a lion; Indeed He will roar, And His sons will come trembling from the west.
HOS 13:7 So I will be like a lion to them; Like a leopard I will lie in wait by the wayside.
HOS 13:8 I will encounter them like a bear robbed of her cubs, And I will tear open their chests; There I will also devour them like a lioness, As a wild beast would tear them.
JOE 1:6 For a nation has invaded my land, Mighty and without number; Its teeth are the teeth of a lion, And it has the fangs of a lioness.
AMO 3:4 Does a lion roar in the forest when he has no prey? Does a young lion growl from his den unless he has captured something?
AMO 3:8 A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken! Who can but prophesy?
AMO 3:12 Thus says the Lord, “Just as the shepherd snatches from the lion’s mouth a couple of legs or a piece of an ear, So will the sons of Israel dwelling in Samaria be snatched away-- With the corner of a bed and the cover of a couch!
AMO 5:19 As when a man flees from a lion, And a bear meets him, Or goes home, leans his hand against the wall, And a snake bites him.
MIC 5:8 And the remnant of Jacob Will be among the nations, Among many peoples Like a lion among the beasts of the forest, Like a young lion among flocks of sheep, Which, if he passes through, Tramples down and tears, And there is none to rescue.
NAH 2:11 Where is the den of the lions And the feeding place of the young lions, Where the lion, lioness, and lion’s cub prowled, With nothing to disturb them?
NAH 2:12 The lion tore enough for his cubs, Killed enough for his lionesses, And filled his lairs with prey And his dens with torn flesh.
NAH 2:13 “Behold, I am against you,” declares the Lord of hosts. “I will burn up her chariots in smoke, a sword will devour your young lions, I will cut off your prey from the land, and no longer will the voice of your messengers be heard.”
ZEP 3:3 Her princes within her are roaring lions, Her judges are wolves at evening; They leave nothing for the morning.
ZEC 11:3 There is a sound of the shepherds’ wail, For their glory is ruined; There is a sound of the young lions’ roar, For the pride of the Jordan is ruined.
2TI 4:17 But the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me, in order that through me the proclamation might be fully accomplished, and that all the Gentiles might hear; and I was delivered out of the lion’s mouth.
HEB 11:33 who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions,
1PE 5:8 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
REV 4:7 And the first creature was like a lion, and the second creature like a calf, and the third creature had a face like that of a man, and the fourth creature was like a flying eagle.
REV 5:5 and one of the elders *said to me, “Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.”
REV 9:8 And they had hair like the hair of women, and their teeth were like the teeth of lions.
REV 9:17 And this is how I saw in the vision the horses and those who sat on them: the riders had breastplates the color of fire and of hyacinth and of brimstone; and the heads of the horses are like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths proceed fire and smoke and brimstone.
REV 10:3 and he cried out with a loud voice, as when a lion roars; and when he had cried out, the seven peals of thunder uttered their voices.
REV 13:2 And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority.