“Behold, a people! As a lioness it rises up and as a lion it lifts itself; it does not lie down until it has devoured the prey and drunk the blood of the slain.”
Behold, a people!
People H5971 (Not a man H376, or a son of man H120 as in verse 19, but united as people): From עָמַם H6004; a people (as a congregated unit); specifically a tribe (as those of Israel); hence (collectively) troops or attendants ; figuratively a flock: - folk, men, nation, people. H6004: A primitive root; to associate ; by implication to overshadow (by huddling together): - become dim, hide.
“For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.”
“The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one,”
“So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.”
“You are beautiful as Tirzah, my love, lovely as Jerusalem, awesome as an army with banners.”
Song of Solomon 6:4
As a lioness it rises up
Lioness H3833: From an unused root meaning to roar ; a lion (properly a lioness as the fiercer (although not a roarer ; compare אֲרִי H738)): - (great, old, stout) lion, lioness, young [lion].
“And say: What was your mother? A lioness! Among lions she crouched; in the midst of young lions she reared her cubs.”
And as a lion it lifts itself;
Lion H738: From אָרָה H717 (in the sense of violence); a lion: - (young) lion, + pierce [from the margin]. H717: A primitive root; to pluck.
“Judah is a lion’s cub; from the prey, my son, you have gone up. He stooped down; he crouched as a lion and as a lioness; who dares rouse him?”
“And one of the elders said to me, ‘Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.’”
Until it has devoured the prey
Prey H2964: From טָרַף H2963; something torn, that is, a fragment, for example a fresh leaf, prey, food: - leaf, meat, prey, spoil. H2963: A primitive root; to pluck off or pull to pieces; causatively to supply with food (as in morsels).
“And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.’”
“And saw the heavens opened and something like a great sheet descending, being let down by its four corners upon the earth. In it were all kinds of animals and reptiles and birds of the air. And there came a voice to him: ‘Rise, Peter; kill and eat.’”
And drunk the blood of the slain.
Blood H1818: From דָּמַם H1826 (compare אָדַם H119); blood (as that which when shed causes death) of man or an animal; by analogy the juice of the grape; figuratively (especially in the plural) bloodshed (that is, drops of blood): - blood (-y, -guiltiness, [-thirsty]), + innocent. H1826: A primitive root (compare דָּהַם H1724, דָּמָה H1820); to be dumb ; by implication to be astonished, to stop ; also to perish.
The slain H2491: From חָלַל H2490; pierced (especially to death); figuratively polluted: - kill, profane, slain (man), X slew, (deadly) wounded. H2490: A primitive root (compare חָלָה H2470); properly to bore, that is, (by implication) to wound, to dissolve ; figuratively to profane (a person, place or thing), to break (one's word), to begin (as if by an opening-wedge); denominatively (from חָלִילH2485) to play (the flute).
“Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.”
“We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.”
“And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.”
It does not lie down
Lie down H7091: A primitive root; to lie down (for rest, sexual connection, decease or any other purpose): - X at all, cast down, ([over-]) lay (self) (down), (make to) lie (down, down to sleep, still, with), lodge, ravish, take rest, sleep, stay.
“For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
2 Timothy 4:6-7