34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion(A) or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock,

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or they will tear me apart like a lion(A)
    and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue(B) me.

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13 I waited patiently(A) till dawn,
    but like a lion he broke(B) all my bones;(C)
    day and night(D) you made an end of me.

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Therefore a lion from the forest(A) will attack them,
    a wolf from the desert will ravage(B) them,
a leopard(C) will lie in wait near their towns
    to tear to pieces any who venture out,
for their rebellion is great
    and their backslidings many.(D)

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38 Like a lion(A) he will leave his lair,
    and their land will become desolate(B)
because of the sword[a] of the oppressor(C)
    and because of the Lord’s fierce anger.(D)

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 25:38 Some Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint (see also 46:16 and 50:16); most Hebrew manuscripts anger

10 Like a bear lying in wait,
    like a lion(A) in hiding,(B)

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14 For I will be like a lion(A) to Ephraim,
    like a great lion to Judah.
I will tear them to pieces(B) and go away;
    I will carry them off, with no one to rescue them.(C)

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So I will be like a lion(A) to them,
    like a leopard I will lurk by the path.

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