In this article, we will look at some famous and well-known Bible verses about lions. So, grab your Bible, and let’s dig in…
When we think of strength, courage, and ferocity, the lion comes to mind. It’s no wonder why the majestic creature has been featured in so many stories throughout history, from ancient mythology to modern culture. Remember how the Lion King was a huge hit in the 90s or Asalan from Chronicles of Narnia?
Well, the Bible is full of majestic and awe-inspiring stories about animals, many of which are centered around the powerful imagery and symbolism of lions! Lions are impressive and wild creatures, often symbolized for strength, courage, and so much more in the Bible – from brave warriors to Jesus himself. Learning about the many ways lions appear in scripture can be hugely encouraging and downright interesting!
Here we will explore some of the most significant Bible verses about lions that will encourage you to dig deeper into this topic. Since the KJV of the Bible shows 119 Lion Bible verses! That’s a lot of verses to go through. I will be breaking up this post into three areas. We will be going over some of the most popular scripture verses or stories about lions, general Bible verses about lions, and then we will end with verses on lionesses. I hope breaking these up will help you learn easier.
Popular Bible Verses About Lions
Lion of Judah Bible Verses
In the book of Revelation, we see that Jesus is called the Lion of the tribe of Judah. This goes all the way back to Genesis 49:9, when Jacob blessed his sons.
You are a lion’s cub, Judah; you return from the prey, my son. Like a lion he crouches and lies down, like a lioness–who dares to rouse him? – Gen 49:9 NIV
Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” – Rev 5:5 NIV
God Is Like A Lion Bible Verses
They will follow the LORD; he will roar like a lion. When he roars, his children will come trembling from the west. – Hos 11:10 NIV
Like a lion he will leave his lair, and their land will become desolate because of the sword of the oppressor and because of the LORD’s fierce anger. – Jer 25:38 NIV
So I will be like a lion to them, like a leopard I will lurk by the path. – Hos 13:7 NIV
This is what the LORD says to me: “As a lion growls, a great lion over its prey–and though a whole band of shepherds is called together against it, it is not frightened by their shouts or disturbed by their clamor–so the LORD Almighty will come down to do battle on Mount Zion and on its heights. – Isa 31:4 NIV
Daniel in the Lion’s Den Bible Verses
So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!” A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel’s situation might not be changed. Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not sleep. At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?”
Daniel answered, “May the king live forever! My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.” The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. At the king’s command, the men who had falsely accused Daniel were brought in and thrown into the lions’ den, along with their wives and children.
And before they reached the floor of the den, the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones. Then King Darius wrote to all the nations and peoples of every language in all the earth: “May you prosper greatly! “I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel. “For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end. He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.” – Dan 6:16-27 NIV
Lion and the Lamb Bible Verses
*It’s often heard the term that the lion and lamb will lay next to each other but it’s actually a wolf and lamb, and calf with a lion. The other imagery of the lion and lamb comes from Jesus being the lamb of God (John 1:29) , while also being the Lion of Judah (Revelation 5:5).
The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. – Isa 11:6 NIV
The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, and dust will be the serpent’s food. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,” says the LORD. – Isa 65:25 NIV
Samson and the Lion
Read more about Samson here: Samson In The Bible: Powerful Lessons From His Life
Samson went down to Timnah together with his father and mother. As they approached the vineyards of Timnah, suddenly a young lion came roaring toward him. The Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon him so that he tore the lion apart with his bare hands as he might have torn a young goat. But he told neither his father nor his mother what he had done. Then he went down and talked with the woman, and he liked her. Some time later, when he went back to marry her, he turned aside to look at the lion’s carcass, and in it he saw a swarm of bees and some honey. He scooped out the honey with his hands and ate as he went along. When he rejoined his parents, he gave them some, and they too ate it. But he did not tell them that he had taken the honey from the lion’s carcass. …
Before sunset on the seventh day the men of the town said to him, “What is sweeter than honey? What is stronger than a lion?” Samson said to them, “If you had not plowed with my heifer, you would not have solved my riddle.” – Jdg 14:5-9, 18 NIV
Benaiah and the Lion
*I find it interesting that these two different verses are exactly the same.
Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant fighter from Kabzeel, performed great exploits. He struck down Moab’s two mightiest warriors. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion. – 2Sa 23:20 NIV
Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant fighter from Kabzeel, performed great exploits. He struck down Moab’s two mightiest warriors. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion. – 1Ch 11:22 NIV
Roaring like a Lion
Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a helpless people. – Pro 28:15 NIV
There is a conspiracy of her princes within her like a roaring lion tearing its prey; they devour people, take treasures and precious things and make many widows within her. – Eze 22:25 NIV
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. – 1Pe 5:8 NIV
Bible Verses About Lions
All verses below are from the NKJV. You can hover over the reference and you can check out the Amplified translation of the Bible verse. If you would like to check out other translations then head over to Bible Gateway.
About Gad he said: “Blessed is he who enlarges Gad’s domain! Gad lives there like a lion, tearing at arm or head. … About Dan he said: “Dan is a lion’s cub, springing out of Bashan.” – Deu 33:20, 22 NIV
Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The LORD who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you.” – 1Sa 17:36-37 NIV
Saul and Jonathan–in life they were loved and admired, and in death they were not parted. They were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions. – 2Sa 1:23 NIV
Then even the bravest soldier, whose heart is like the heart of a lion, will melt with fear, for all Israel knows that your father is a fighter and that those with him are brave. – 2Sa 17:10 NIV
Twelve lions stood on the six steps, one at either end of each step. Nothing like it had ever been made for any other kingdom. – 1Ki 10:20 NIV
As he went on his way, a lion met him on the road and killed him, and his body was left lying on the road, with both the donkey and the lion standing beside it. – 1Ki 13:24 NIV
So the prophet said, “Because you have not obeyed the LORD, as soon as you leave me a lion will kill you.” And after the man went away, a lion found him and killed him. – 1Ki 20:36 NIV
Some Gadites defected to David at his stronghold in the wilderness. They were brave warriors, ready for battle and able to handle the shield and spear. Their faces were the faces of lions, and they were as swift as gazelles in the mountains. – 1Ch 12:8 NIV
The sluggard says, “There’s a lion outside! I’ll be killed in the public square!” – Pro 22:13 NIV
like a lion in cover he lies in wait. He lies in wait to catch the helpless; he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net. – Psa 10:9 NIV
Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; save me from the horns of the wild oxen. – Psa 22:21 NIV
How long, Lord, will you look on? Rescue me from their ravages, my precious life from these lions. – Psa 35:17 NIV
Break the teeth in their mouths, O God; LORD, tear out the fangs of those lions! – Psa 58:6 NIV
You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. – Psa 91:13 NIV
A king’s rage is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass. – Pro 19:12 NIV
But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. – 2Ti 4:17 NIV
who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, – Heb 11:33 NIV
The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle. – Rev 4:7 NIV
Lioness Bible Verses
The people rise like a lioness; they rouse themselves like a lion that does not rest till it devours its prey and drinks the blood of its victims.” – Num 23:24 NIV
Like a lion they crouch and lie down, like a lioness–who dares to rouse them? “May those who bless you be blessed and those who curse you be cursed!” – Num 24:9 NIV
and say: ” ‘What a lioness was your mother among the lions! She lay down among them and reared her cubs. – Eze 19:2 NIV
The lion killed enough for his cubs and strangled the prey for his mate, filling his lairs with the kill and his dens with the prey. – Nah 2:12 NIV
The lion perishes for lack of prey, and the cubs of the lioness are scattered. – Job 4:11 NIV
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