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And the lion shall lie down with…?

From our “this may help you win a bet in the pub” collection…

If you know the quiz show ‘QI’, you might imagine Stephen Fry asking “With whom will the lion lie down?”, and Alan Davies sheepishly responding “The lamb?”… before the claxons start, indicating a wrong answer.

Because if you look at Isaiah chapter 11, where the concept originates, you find rather different domestic arrangements:

“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.”

So unless they were all getting cozy around the same campfire, I’m afraid lions and lambs aren’t prophesied to lie down together any time soon. ¬†As is so often the case, someone came up with a snappier version later on, and that’s what stuck with us.

Now, is anyone else now thinking about that scene in Ghostbusters?

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