“Is a trumpet
Blown in a city,
With the people not afraid?
Does disaster befall a city,
Unless Yahweh has done it?
Surely Yahweh God
To his servants,
The lion has roared,
Who will not fear?
Who can but prophesy?”
It turns out that the cause of everything is Yahweh. If a trumpet blows in a city, the people are afraid. No disaster comes to a city, unless Yahweh had decided to make it happen. However, Yahweh God revealed his secrets to his servants, the prophets. When the lion roared, people were afraid. Thus, when Yahweh speaks, the prophets must prophesize.
“Three things are stately in their stride.
Four are stately in their gait.
The lion is the mightiest among wild animals.
It does not turn back before any.
The others are
The strutting rooster,
Finally the king
Who strides before his people.”
Finally, we have the last 4 and 3 numerical proverb. There are 4 stately striders: 1) the lion, 2) the rooster, 3) the male goat, and 4) the king. Interesting enough the bull and the deer are missing from this stately list. The lion is the mightiest among all the animals that never turn back. The strutting rooster and the male goat once again emphasis the strutting male. The king, however, also strides before all his people.