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Bear
        a native of the mountain regions of Western Asia, 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).

Bibliography Information
Easton, Matthew George. M.A., D.D., "Biblical Meaning for 'Bear' Eastons Bible Dictionary".
bible-history.com - Eastons; 1897.

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