leopard

leopard

A large cat identified by its characteristic spots (Jer 13:23). It is at home in mountainous terrain, especially Mt. Hermon and Lebanon (Song 4:8). As a predator, the leopard represented a great danger to shepherds and their flocks as well as to travelers (Jer 5:6; Sir 28:23), and cessation of such predatory activity will characterize the time of God’s final peace (Isa 11:6). (Hab 1:8) mentions horses that are swifter than the leopard, but this probably refers instead to the cheetah, another large cat once present in the area and trained for use in hunting.

Jer 13:23

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Song 4:8

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Jer 5:6

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Sir 28:23

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Isa 11:6

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Hab 1:8

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