Wolf | Wolf In Sheep's Clothing?
The idiom a wolf in sheep’s clothing is typically used to warn that you should be aware of, and not so trusting of someone based on their kind and friendly appearance. A wolf in sheep’s clothing is, by most standards, a dangerous person who is pretending to be harmless, but is actually an enemy who is disguised as a friend.
Wolves favorite prey is generally animals that are larger, so the only way wolves can catch them is to live and hunt in groups. A lone wolf spends time alone instead of with a group. This exclusion from the pack can be due to a wolf being older and pushed away by a stronger alpha male member of the pack, a younger wolf choosing to leave in order to find its own pack, a wolf’s defiance to the hierarchical structure of the pack, or a wolf simply behaving badly with other pack members. The lone wolf does not have the strength of the pack, so invariably it chooses to prey on animals much smaller and physically weaker – sheep.
The imbalance of strength between the wolf and the sheep, reminds me of the biblical story of David and Goliath. David, a young and physically smaller shepherd, contending with Goliath, a nine-foot soldier, and prevailing with a resounding victory (1Samuel 17). I am also reminded of a very popular hymn, Whom Shall I Fear, which drives me to ask the question, should the sheep be aware of the wolf, or should the wolf be aware of who the sheep belongs to?
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