73 Bible Verses about Lions

Proverbs 28:1 ESV / 151 helpful votes

The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.

Proverbs 30:30 ESV / 137 helpful votes

The lion, which is mightiest among beasts and does not turn back before any;

Revelation 5:5 ESV / 80 helpful votes

And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”

1 Peter 5:8 ESV / 71 helpful votes

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

Psalm 104:21 ESV / 48 helpful votes

The young lions roar for their prey, seeking their food from God.

Proverbs 19:12 ESV / 35 helpful votes

A king's wrath is like the growling of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.

Psalm 17:12 ESV / 29 helpful votes

He is like a lion eager to tear, as a young lion lurking in ambush.

Nahum 2:12 ESV / 27 helpful votes

The lion tore enough for his cubs and strangled prey for his lionesses; he filled his caves with prey and his dens with torn flesh.

Isaiah 11:6-9 ESV / 24 helpful votes

The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder's den. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

Hosea 11:10 ESV / 23 helpful votes

They shall go after the Lord; he will roar like a lion; when he roars, his children shall come trembling from the west;

Daniel 7:4 ESV / 22 helpful votes

The first was like a lion and had eagles' wings. Then as I looked its wings were plucked off, and it was lifted up from the ground and made to stand on two feet like a man, and the mind of a man was given to it.

1 Kings 13:24-28 ESV / 21 helpful votes

And as he went away a lion met him on the road and killed him. And his body was thrown in the road, and the donkey stood beside it; the lion also stood beside the body. And behold, men passed by and saw the body thrown in the road and the lion standing by the body. And they came and told it in the city where the old prophet lived. And when the prophet who had brought him back from the way heard of it, he said, “It is the man of God who disobeyed the word of the Lord; therefore the Lord has given him to the lion, which has torn him and killed him, according to the word that the Lord spoke to him.” And he said to his sons, “Saddle the donkey for me.” And they saddled it. And he went and found his body thrown in the road, and the donkey and the lion standing beside the body. The lion had not eaten the body or torn the donkey.

Daniel 6:16-24 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Then the king commanded, and Daniel was brought and cast into the den of lions. The king declared to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, deliver you!” And a stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet and with the signet of his lords, that nothing might be changed concerning Daniel. Then the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; no diversions were brought to him, and sleep fled from him. Then, at break of day, the king arose and went in haste to the den of lions. As he came near to the den where Daniel was, he cried out in a tone of anguish. The king declared to Daniel, “O Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?”

Ezekiel 10:14 ESV / 19 helpful votes

And every one had four faces: the first face was the face of the cherub, and the second face was a human face, and the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle.

2 Timothy 4:17 ESV / 17 helpful votes

But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion's mouth.

Hosea 5:14 ESV / 17 helpful votes

For I will be like a lion to Ephraim, and like a young lion to the house of Judah. I, even I, will tear and go away; I will carry off, and no one shall rescue.

Ezekiel 19:1-9 ESV / 15 helpful votes

And you, take up a lamentation for the princes of Israel, and say: What was your mother? A lioness! Among lions she crouched; in the midst of young lions she reared her cubs. And she brought up one of her cubs; he became a young lion, and he learned to catch prey; he devoured men. The nations heard about him; he was caught in their pit, and they brought him with hooks to the land of Egypt. When she saw that she waited in vain, that her hope was lost, she took another of her cubs and made him a young lion.

Jeremiah 50:44 ESV / 15 helpful votes

“Behold, like a lion coming up from the thicket of the Jordan against a perennial pasture, I will suddenly make them run away from her, and I will appoint over her whomever I choose. For who is like me? Who will summon me? What shepherd can stand before me?

Psalm 34:10 ESV / 14 helpful votes

The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

Genesis 49:9 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Judah is a lion's cub; from the prey, my son, you have gone up. He stooped down; he crouched as a lion and as a lioness; who dares rouse him?

Amos 3:7-8 ESV / 12 helpful votes

“For the Lord God does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets. The lion has roared; who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken; who can but prophesy?”

Ecclesiastes 9:4 ESV / 12 helpful votes

But he who is joined with all the living has hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion.

Hosea 13:8 ESV / 10 helpful votes

I will fall upon them like a bear robbed of her cubs; I will tear open their breast, and there I will devour them like a lion, as a wild beast would rip them open.

Jeremiah 49:19 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Behold, like a lion coming up from the jungle of the Jordan against a perennial pasture, I will suddenly make him run away from her. And I will appoint over her whomever I choose. For who is like me? Who will summon me? What shepherd can stand before me?

Judges 14:5-9 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Then Samson went down with his father and mother to Timnah, and they came to the vineyards of Timnah. And behold, a young lion came toward him roaring. Then the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon him, and although he had nothing in his hand, he tore the lion in pieces as one tears a young goat. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done. Then he went down and talked with the woman, and she was right in Samson's eyes. After some days he returned to take her. And he turned aside to see the carcass of the lion, and behold, there was a swarm of bees in the body of the lion, and honey. He scraped it out into his hands and went on, eating as he went. And he came to his father and mother and gave some to them, and they ate. But he did not tell them that he had scraped the honey from the carcass of the lion.

Revelation 10:3 ESV / 9 helpful votes

And called out with a loud voice, like a lion roaring. When he called out, the seven thunders sounded.

Revelation 9:8 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Their hair like women's hair, and their teeth like lions' teeth;

Hebrews 11:33 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,

Psalm 7:2 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Lest like a lion they tear my soul apart, rending it in pieces, with none to deliver.

Lamentations 3:10 ESV / 7 helpful votes

He is a bear lying in wait for me, a lion in hiding;

2 Kings 17:25 ESV / 7 helpful votes

And at the beginning of their dwelling there, they did not fear the Lord. Therefore the Lord sent lions among them, which killed some of them.

Revelation 13:2 ESV / 6 helpful votes

And the beast that I saw was like a leopard; its feet were like a bear's, and its mouth was like a lion's mouth. And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority.

Joel 1:6 ESV / 6 helpful votes

For a nation has come up against my land, powerful and beyond number; its teeth are lions' teeth, and it has the fangs of a lioness.

Daniel 6:1-28 ESV / 6 helpful votes

It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom 120 satraps, to be throughout the whole kingdom; and over them three presidents, of whom Daniel was one, to whom these satraps should give account, so that the king might suffer no loss. Then this Daniel became distinguished above all the other presidents and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him. And the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. Then the presidents and the satraps sought to find a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom, but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithful, and no error or fault was found in him. Then these men said, “We shall not find any ground for complaint against this Daniel unless we find it in connection with the law of his God.”

Jeremiah 4:7 ESV / 6 helpful votes

A lion has gone up from his thicket, 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.

Jeremiah 2:30 ESV / 6 helpful votes

In vain have I struck your children; they took no correction; your own sword devoured your prophets like a ravening lion.

Proverbs 22:13 ESV / 6 helpful votes

The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside! I shall be killed in the streets!”

Jeremiah 5:6 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Therefore a lion from the forest shall strike them down; a wolf from the desert shall devastate 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 great.

Isaiah 15:9 ESV / 5 helpful votes

For the waters of Dibon are full of blood; for I will bring upon Dibon even more, a lion for those of Moab who escape, for the remnant of the land.

Psalm 31:24 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!

1 Kings 20:36 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Then he said to him, “Because you have not obeyed the voice of the Lord, behold, as soon as you have gone from me, a lion shall strike you down.” And as soon as he had departed from him, a lion met him and struck him down.

Ephesians 6:1-24 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ,

Zephaniah 3:3 ESV / 4 helpful votes

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

Micah 5:8 ESV / 4 helpful votes

And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the nations, in the midst of many peoples, like a lion among the beasts of the forest, like a young lion among the flocks of sheep, which, when it goes through, treads down and tears in pieces, and there is none to deliver.

Ezekiel 22:25 ESV / 4 helpful votes

The conspiracy of her prophets in her midst is like a roaring lion tearing the prey; they have devoured human lives; they have taken treasure and precious things; they have made many widows in her midst.

Jeremiah 51:38 ESV / 4 helpful votes

“They shall roar together like lions; they shall growl like lions' cubs.

Jeremiah 12:8 ESV / 4 helpful votes

My heritage has become to me like a lion in the forest; she has lifted up her voice against me; therefore I hate her.

Isaiah 38:13 ESV / 4 helpful votes

I calmed myself until morning; like a lion he breaks all my bones; from day to night you bring me to an end.

Psalm 91:13 ESV / 4 helpful votes

You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.

Psalm 58:6 ESV / 4 helpful votes

O God, break the teeth in their mouths; tear out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord!

Psalm 57:4 ESV / 4 helpful votes

My soul is in the midst of lions; I lie down amid fiery beasts— the children of man, whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords.

Psalm 35:17 ESV / 4 helpful votes

How long, O Lord, will you look on? Rescue me from their destruction, my precious life from the lions!

Psalm 22:13 ESV / 4 helpful votes

They open wide their mouths at me, like a ravening and roaring lion.

Job 28:8 ESV / 4 helpful votes

The proud beasts have not trodden it; the lion has not passed over it.

Job 10:16 ESV / 4 helpful votes

And were my head lifted up, you would hunt me like a lion and again work wonders against me.

Job 4:10 ESV / 4 helpful votes

The roar of the lion, the voice of the fierce lion, the teeth of the young lions are broken.

1 Chronicles 11:22 ESV / 4 helpful votes

And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was a valiant man of Kabzeel, a doer of great deeds. He struck down two heroes of Moab. He also went down and struck down a lion in a pit on a day when snow had fallen.

2 Kings 17:26 ESV / 4 helpful votes

So the king of Assyria was told, “The nations that you have carried away and placed in the cities of Samaria do not know the law of the god of the land. Therefore he has sent lions among them, and behold, they are killing them, because they do not know the law of the god of the land.”

1 Kings 10:20 ESV / 4 helpful votes

While twelve lions stood there, one on each end of a step on the six steps. The like of it was never made in any kingdom.

1 Kings 7:29 ESV / 4 helpful votes

And on the panels that were set in the frames were lions, oxen, and cherubim. On the frames, both above and below the lions and oxen, there were wreaths of beveled work.

2 Samuel 1:23 ESV / 4 helpful votes

“Saul and Jonathan, beloved and lovely! In life and in death they were not divided; they were swifter than eagles; they were stronger than lions.

Judges 14:18 ESV / 4 helpful votes

And the men of the city said to him on the seventh day before the sun went down, “What is sweeter than honey? 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.”

Judges 14:5 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Then Samson went down with his father and mother to Timnah, and they came to the vineyards of Timnah. And behold, a young lion came toward him roaring.

Revelation 9:17 ESV / 3 helpful votes

And this is how I saw the horses in my vision and those who rode them: they wore breastplates the color of fire and of sapphire and of sulfur, and the heads of the horses were like lions' heads, and fire and smoke and sulfur came out of their mouths.

Revelation 4:7 ESV / 3 helpful votes

The first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight.

Nahum 2:11 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Where is the lions' den, the feeding place of the young lions, where the lion and lioness went, where his cubs were, with none to disturb?

Jeremiah 50:17 ESV / 3 helpful votes

“Israel is a hunted sheep driven away by lions. First the king of Assyria devoured him, and now at last Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon has gnawed his bones.

Isaiah 65:25 ESV / 3 helpful votes

The wolf and the lamb shall graze together; the lion shall eat straw like the ox, and dust shall be the serpent's food. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain,” says the Lord.

Isaiah 5:29-30 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Their roaring is like a lion, like young lions they roar; they growl and seize their prey; they carry it off, and none can rescue. They will growl over it on that day, like the growling of the sea. And if one looks to the land, behold, darkness and distress; and the light is darkened by its clouds.

Proverbs 20:2 ESV / 3 helpful votes

The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion; whoever provokes him to anger forfeits his life.

Psalm 10:9 ESV / 3 helpful votes

He lurks in ambush like a lion in his thicket; he lurks that he may seize the poor; he seizes the poor when he draws him into his net.

2 Samuel 23:20 ESV / 3 helpful votes

And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was a valiant man of Kabzeel, a doer of great deeds. He struck down two ariels of Moab. He also went down and struck down a lion in a pit on a day when snow had fallen.

1 Samuel 17:34 ESV / 3 helpful votes

But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father. And when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb from the flock,

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