So like a lion from the thicket their enemies will kill them. Like a wolf from the desert they will destroy them. Like a leopard they will lie in wait outside their cities and totally destroy anyone who ventures out. 1 For they have rebelled so much and done so many unfaithful things. 2
Nu 32:14; Ezr 9:6; Ezr 10:10; Ps 104:20; Isa 59:12; Jer 2:15; Jer 2:17,19; Jer 4:7; Jer 9:12-14; Jer 14:7; Jer 16:10-12; Jer 25:38; Jer 30:24; Jer 49:19; La 1:5; Eze 14:16-21; Eze 16:25; Eze 22:27; Eze 23:19; Da 7:4; Da 7:6; Ho 5:14; Ho 13:7,8; Ho 13:7; Am 5:18,19; Na 2:11,12; Hab 1:8; Zep 3:3; Re 13:2
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1 tn Heb “So a lion from the thicket will kill them. A wolf from the desert will destroy them. A leopard will watch outside their cities. Anyone who goes out from them will be torn in pieces.” However, it is unlikely that, in the context of judgment that Jeremiah has previously been describing, literal lions are meant. The animals are metaphorical for their enemies. Compare Jer 4:7.
2 tn Heb “their rebellions are so many and their unfaithful acts so numerous.”