A lair of wild beasts (Ps. 10:9; 104:22; Job 37:8); the hole of “a venomous reptile (Isa. 11:8); a recess for secrecy “in dens” “and caves of the earth” (Heb. 11:38); a resort of thieves (Matt.” “21:13; Mark 11:17). Daniel was cast into “the den of lions” “(Dan. 6:16, 17). Some recent discoveries among the ruins of” Babylon have brought to light the fact that the practice of punishing offenders against the law by throwing them into a den of lions was common.

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