Lamentations 3:10
New International Version
Like a bear lying in wait, like a lion in hiding,

New Living Translation
He has hidden like a bear or a lion, waiting to attack me.

English Standard Version
He is a bear lying in wait for me, a lion in hiding;

Berean Study Bible
He is a bear lying in wait, a lion hiding in ambush.

King James Bible
He was unto me as a bear lying in wait, and as a lion in secret places.

New King James Version
He has been to me a bear lying in wait, Like a lion in ambush.

New American Standard Bible
He is to me like a bear lying in wait, Like a lion in secret places.

NASB 1995
He is to me like a bear lying in wait, Like a lion in secret places.

NASB 1977
He is to me like a bear lying in wait, Like a lion in secret places.

Amplified Bible
He is to me like a bear lying in wait, And like a lion [hiding] in secret places.

Christian Standard Bible
He is a bear waiting in ambush, a lion in hiding.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He is a bear waiting in ambush, a lion in hiding.

American Standard Version
He is unto me as a bear lying in wait, as a lion in secret places.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Daleth For a wolf was lying in wait for me and a lion in a secret place

Brenton Septuagint Translation
he has troubled me, as a she-bear lying in wait: he is to me as a lion in secret places.

Contemporary English Version
God was like a bear or a lion waiting in ambush for me;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Daleth. He is become to me as a bear lying in wait: as a lion in secret places.

English Revised Version
He is unto me as a bear lying in wait, as a lion in secret places.

Good News Translation
He waited for me like a bear; he pounced on me like a lion.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He is like a bear waiting to ambush me, like a lion in hiding.

International Standard Version
He is like a bear that lies in wait for me, a lion in hiding.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He is unto me as a bear lying in wait, As a lion in secret places.

Literal Standard Version
A bear lying in wait He [is] to me, A lion in secret hiding places.

NET Bible
To me he is like a bear lying in ambush, like a hidden lion stalking its prey.

New Heart English Bible
He is to me as a bear lying in wait, as a lion in hiding.

World English Bible
He is to me as a bear lying in wait, as a lion in secret places.

Young's Literal Translation
A bear lying in wait He is to me, A lion in secret hiding-places.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Jeremiah's Afflictions
9He has barred my ways with cut stones; He has made my paths crooked. 10He is a bear lying in wait, a lion hiding in ambush. 11He forced me off my path and tore me to pieces; He left me without help.…

Cross References
Job 10:16
Should I hold my head high, You would hunt me like a lion, and again display Your power against me.

Lamentations 3:9
He has barred my ways with cut stones; He has made my paths crooked.

Lamentations 3:11
He forced me off my path and tore me to pieces; He left me without help.

Hosea 13:7
So like a lion I will pounce on them; like a leopard I will lurk by the path.


Treasury of Scripture

He was to me as a bear lying in wait, and as a lion in secret places.

unto

Job 10:16
For it increaseth. Thou huntest me as a fierce lion: and again thou shewest thyself marvellous upon me.

Isaiah 38:13
I reckoned till morning, that, as a lion, so will he break all my bones: from day even to night wilt thou make an end of me.

Hosea 5:14
For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah: I, even I, will tear and go away; I will take away, and none shall rescue him.

in secret

Psalm 10:9
He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net.

Psalm 17:12
Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey, and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.









(10) As a bear . . . as a lion.--The figure found in Hosea 13:8; Amos 5:19, is specially characteristic of Jeremiah (Jeremiah 4:7; Jeremiah 5:6; Jeremiah 49:19; Jeremiah 50:44). We are reminded of Dante (Inferno, i. 31-51). . . . Verse 10. - Was; rather, is. As a bear...as a lion. The comparison of the enemy to a lion is not uncommon; see e.g. Jeremiah 4:7; Jeremiah 5:6 (see note); 49:19; 1:44; Psalm 10:9; Psalm 17:12; Job 10:16. The bear is only once mentioned in such a context (Hosea 13:8). The two latter passages may possibly have been in the mind of the writer, as Jehovah is in both the subject of the comparison.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
He
הוּא֙ (hū)
Pronoun - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

is a bear
דֹּ֣ב (dōḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1677: The bear

lying in wait,
אֹרֵ֥ב (’ō·rêḇ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 693: To lie in wait

a lion
אֲרִ֖י (’ă·rî)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 738: A lion

in hiding.
בְּמִסְתָּרִֽים׃ (bə·mis·tā·rîm)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 4565: A secret place, hiding place


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