Although they don’t appear to be a part of the bible at all, many Christians often make up stories about Jesus. One of the most common was related to him being born in “canem”. They claim that his mother Mary became pregnant and decided to give birth to him in a cave.
The story goes that the cave is in Lydda, which is what is known as “Canem” in King James Version. In the KJV, it is called “Lydda”. Other books mention Lydda in different names. The King James translators chose the name “Canem” because it’s the name of a famous fortress in Jerusalem.
Another interesting story was told by King David Belcher. He claimed that Jesus went through a forest alone and came upon two lions. The lion attacked him and he killed the lion with his own hands. As an act of gratitude for this, the lion took Jesus in his cage and hid him.
The King James translators took the story about Jesus being hidden in a lion’s cage and turned it into “Lilies and Violets”. The story doesn’t show any kind of violence, nor does it claim that the lion was killed. It seems more like he saved Jesus’ life.
Although the story of Jesus and the lions was used to promote a Christian movie called “Lilies and Violets”, it didn’t survive into KJV at all. The story was changed to just “Lydda”. If that’s not a classic example of using the bible out of context, I don’t know what is.
Another story that made it into the KJV was told about a man who asked Jesus why he didn’t travel to Jerusalem and learn from the apostles. The apostles laughed at him and said that he should take the money Jesus gave them and go to Jerusalem.
When Jesus went back to the apostles, they criticized him because he didn’t do what they wanted him to do. But Jesus made them aware that they didn’t have authority over him; only he had that authority.
So, if you’re wondering where the story of Jesus being trapped in a lion’s cage originated, you might want to investigate other gospel accounts. They might be more credible than the story told by Belcher and King James.