4 Does a lion roar in the forest When he has no prey? Does a great beast let out a cry from its den Without having made a capture?
ha-yish-AG ar-YAY ba-YA-ar v’-TE-ref AYN LO ha-yi-TAYN k’-FEER ko-LO mi-m’-o-na-TO bil-TEE im la-KHAD
ד הֲיִשְׁאַג אַרְיֵה בַּיַּעַר וְטֶרֶף אֵין לוֹ הֲיִתֵּן כְּפִיר קוֹלוֹ מִמְּעֹנָתוֹ בִּלְתִּי אִם־לָכָד׃
3:4 Does a lion roar in the forest when he has no prey?
In ancient Israel, lions inhabited the forested areas of the country, and are therefore commonly used as metaphors in the Bible. A lion roars when he is about to attack his prey. An astute animal who hears a roar understands that the lion is about to attack, and rushes to escape. An unperceptive animal, on the other hand, will get caught and destroyed. The message to the Jewish people is to pay attention to the warning signs of impending destruction, and do what is necessary to prevent it. Those who choose to ignore these signs will suffer the consequences.