and like a lion raises himself up;
they will not lie down until they eat their58 prey,
and drink the blood of the slain.”59
tn The pronoun “their” has been supplied for clarity; it is not present in the Hebrew text.
sn The oracle compares Israel first to a lion, or better, lioness, because she does the tracking and hunting of food while the lion moves up and down roaring and distracting the prey. But the lion is also the traditional emblem of Judah, Dan and Gad, as well as the symbol of royalty. So this also supports the motif of royalty as well as power for Israel.