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American Tract Society Bible Dictionary

Wolf

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A ferocious wild animal, the Canis Lupus of Linnaeus, belonging to the dog genus. Indeed, it closely resembles the dog; and it is only by a few slight differences of shape that they are distinguished. Wolves never bark, but only howl. They are cruel, but cowardly animals; they fly from man, except when impelled by hunger; in which case they prowl by night in great droves through villages, and destroy any persons they meet, Jeremiah 5:6 Ezekiel 22:27 Habakkuk 1:8 .

They are swift of foot, strong enough to carry off a sheep at full speed, and an overmatch for ordinary dogs. In severe winters, wolves assemble in large troops, join in dreadful howlings, and make terrible devastation. They are the peculiar object of terror to shepherds, as the defenselessness and timidity of the sheep render it an easy prey to wolves, Luke 10:3 John 10:12 . So persecutors and false teachers have been "grievous wolves" to the flock of Christ, Matthew 10:16 Acts 20:29 . The wolf inhabits the continents of Europe, Asia, Africa, and America. Driven in general from the populous parts of the country, he is yet everywhere found in large forests and mountainous regions.

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Rand, W. W. Entry for 'Wolf'. American Tract Society Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ats/w/wolf.html. 1859.

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