Psalm 17:12

12 They are like a lion hungry for prey, like a fierce lion crouching in cover.

Read Psalm 17:12 Using Other Translations

Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey, and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.
He is like a lion eager to tear, as a young lion lurking in ambush.
They are like hungry lions, eager to tear me apart— like young lions hiding in ambush.

What does Psalm 17:12 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Psalms 17:12

Like as a lion [that] is greedy of his prey
Or "the likeness of him is as a lion" F9; meaning Saul, as Kimchi interprets it; or everyone of them that compassed them about, as Aben Ezra observes; sometimes wicked and persecuting princes are compared to lions, for their strength and cruelty; see ( Proverbs 28:15 ) ( 2 Timothy 4:17 ) ; so the devil is called a roaring lion, ( 1 Peter 5:8 ) ; and the antichristian beast is said to have the mouth of a lion, ( Revelation 13:2 ) ;

and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places;
to leap upon its prey, and seize it at once, as it has opportunity; this denotes the secret and insidious method which the enemies of Christ take to do mischief; see ( Psalms 10:9 Psalms 10:10 ) .


F9 (hyrak wnwymd) "similitudo ejus, vel cujusque est tanquam leonis", Pagninus, Montanus, Junius & Tremellius; so Musculus, Gejerus, Michaelis.
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