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Be well balanced and always alert, because your enemy,[a] the devil, roams around incessantly, like a roaring lion looking for its prey to devour.[b]

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Footnotes

  1. 5:8 The Greek word antidikos is a legal term for one who presses a lawsuit that must be defended.
  2. 5:8 The implication in the context is that if you do not bring your worries and cares to God, the devil will use depression and discouragement to devour you. Just as lions go after the feeble, the young, and the stragglers, so the enemy of our souls will always seek out those who are isolated, alone, or depressed to devour them.