"...the righteous are as bold as a lion" (Prov 28:1, NIV). "...the godly are as bold as lions" (Prov 28:1, NLT).
Theme: Boldness and gentleness go together. The boldest man who ever lived was also the gentlest man who ever lived (Rev 5:5-6). You can't be bold without being gentle. Unless you are gentle, your boldness will be brutal, blunt and bruising.
The righteous and the godly are like a lion. A lion conjures up the image of the king of the jungle. When the lion appears from the bushes all the animals present in the field will quietly retreat and make way for the lion to pass by. Prov 30:30, HCSB says, "...a lion, which is mightiest among beasts and doesn’t retreat before anything." Prov 28:1 says that when one is righteous and godly they are bold, confident, courageous, calm, fearless, majestic, even peaceful like a lion, the king of the jungle.