… are we living in an alternate timeline now?
The phrase “the lion shall lie down with the lamb” is a popular cultural reference that many people attribute to the Bible. However, this exact phrase does not actually appear in the Bible.
The phrase is likely a conflation of two separate verses in the book of Isaiah. The first is Isaiah 11:6, which states: “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.”
The second verse is Isaiah 65:25, which reads: “The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the Lord.”
It’s possible that the popular misquote of the Bible has arisen from the fact that both of these verses depict unlikely pairs of animals living together in peace. However, it’s worth noting that the actual verses refer to different animals