A member of the species Canus lupus, large members of the dog family. In biblical usage the literal reference to some such animal is found only in (Isa 11:6; Isa 65:25; and John 10:12). All other usages are metaphorical references to the wolf’s hunger (Gen 49:7); destruction (Jer 5:6), or ravenous conduct regarding the innocent (Ezek 22:27; Hab 1:8; Zeph 3:3; Matt 7:15; Matt 10:16; Luke 10:3; Acts 20:29).

Isa 11:6

6The wolf shall live with the lamb,
the leopard shall lie down with the kid,
the calf and the lion and the fatling together,
and a little child shall lead them.

Isa 65:25

25The wolf and the lamb shall feed together,
the lion shall eat straw like the ox;
but the serpent—its food shall be dust!
They shall not hurt or destroy
on all ... View more

John 10:12

12The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and sca ... View more

Gen 49:7

7Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce,
and their wrath, for it is cruel!
I will divide them in Jacob,
and scatter them in Israel.

Jer 5:6

6Therefore a lion from the forest shall kill them,
a wolf from the desert shall destroy them.
A leopard is watching against their cities;
everyone who goes out ... View more

Ezek 22:27

27Its officials within it are like wolves tearing the prey, shedding blood, destroying lives to get dishonest gain.

Hab 1:8

8Their horses are swifter than leopards,
more menacing than wolves at dusk;
their horses charge.
Their horsemen come from far away;
they fly like an eagle swift ... View more

Zeph 3:3

3The officials within it
are roaring lions;
its judges are evening wolves
that leave nothing until the morning.

Matt 7:15

A Tree and Its Fruit
15“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.

Matt 10:16

Coming Persecutions
16“See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.

Luke 10:3

3Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves.

Acts 20:29

29I know that after I have gone, savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock.

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