Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Proverbs 30:30

The lion which is mighty among beasts And does not retreat before any,
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Lion;   Riddle;   Thompson Chain Reference - Animals;   Lions;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Lion, the;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Proverb, the Book of;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Lion;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Pardon;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Lions;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Animals;   Proverbs, Book of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Agur;   Jakeh;   Lion;   Massa;   Proverb;   Proverbs, Book of;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Lion;   Proverbs, Book of;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Lion;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Anthropology;   Lion;  

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

A lion, which is strongest among beasts,.... For what is stronger than a lion, or more courageous and undaunted? it walks with great majesty, very slowly, step by step, the left foot first; shaking its shoulders as it goes, as the philosopherF8Aristot. Hist. Animal. l. 2. c. 1. & Physog. c. 5. describes its going, and as here intended, and this without fear;

and turneth not away for any; it does not go out of its way for any creature it meets with; nor does it hasten its pace when pursued, nor show the lest sign of fear; nor does it turn its back to any; which is observed and confirmed by AristotleF9Hist. Animal. l. 9. c. 44. , AelianusF11De Animal. l. 4. c. 34. , PlinyF12Nat. Hist. l. 8. c. 16. , and other naturalists; particularly what HomerF13 ευστε λεων ορεσιτροφος, &c. Iliad. 12. v. 299. and VirgilF14"Ceu saevum turba leonem", &c. Aeneid. l. 9. prope finem. say of this animal agrees with this account of Solomon. This creature is an emblem of Christ, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, who is stronger than the strong man armed; who never turned his back to any of his enemies; nor turned aside from the way of his duty, or the work of his office, on account of any; not Herod the fox, who threatened to kill him; nor Satan, the roaring lion, when he knew he was on the march to meet him; nor any of those, who, though they had a band of soldiers, that came to take him; see Luke 13:31; and also it is an emblem of righteous men, who are as bold as a lion; and cannot be moved from their duty by anything they meet with, but remain steadfast and constant in it; see Proverbs 28:1.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 30:30". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/proverbs-30.html. 1999.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

He doth not flee from his pursuers, whether men or beasts, but walketh away with a slow and majestic pace, as is observed by Aristotle, and many others.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Proverbs 30:30". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/proverbs-30.html. 1685.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Meeteth. If he retreat, he looks back with disdain, till the woods conceal the turpitude of his flight. (Pliny, [Natural History?] viii. 16.)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Proverbs 30:30". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/proverbs-30.html. 1859.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

A lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any;

A lion ... turneth not away for any - Hebrew 'from the presence of any;' i:e., for fear of any (cf. Job 39:22). Aristotle, 'Histoire,' 9: 44, says of the lion, 'It never flees nor trembles; but though it be forced to retire because of the multitude, yet it retreats slowly, step by step.'

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Proverbs 30:30". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/proverbs-30.html. 1871-8.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

A lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any;
Numbers 23:24; Judges 14:18
Reciprocal: 2 Samuel 1:23 - stronger

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Proverbs 30:30". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/proverbs-30.html.