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This animal is native to the mountain regions of Western Asia. Bears are frequently mentioned in Scripture.
David defended his flocks against the attacks of a bear (1 Sam. 17:34-37). Bears came out of the wood and destroyed the children who mocked the prophet Elisha (2 Kings 2:24).
Their habits are referred to in Isa. 59:11; Prov. 28:15; Lam. 3:10.
The fury of the female bear when robbed of her young is spoken of (2 Sam. 17:8; Prov. 17:12; Hos. 13:8).
In Daniel’s vision of the four great monarchies, the Medo-Persian empire is represented by a bear (7:5).