Behold, the people shall rise up as a great lion, and lift up themselves as a young lion: he shall not lie down until he eats of the prey, and drinks the blood of the slain.
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George Leo Haydock
Lioness. Septuagint, "lion's whelp. "Some explain the Hebrew, "a lion "of full growth and strength. But the antithesis of the Vulgate is more natural and beautiful. (Calmet)
The lioness, being solicitous for its young ones, becomes more furious.
A lion, ready to fall upon its prey. So Israel will not lay down the sword, till he has conquered the nations of Chanaan, (Menochius) and those who dare to molest him. The allusion to the prediction of Jacob in favour of Juda seems very plain, Genesis xlix. 9. (Haydock)