The author portrays an utopian animal kingdom by stating that in the beginning all animals ate the green herb for meat. But what about the predators? Either the author want us to believe that lions ate plants, or that lions and other predators didn't exist in the original animal kingdom.
Is this an original idea with the author of Gen 1:30, or was the author influenced by an earlier creation story — and in such a parallel, did predators eat plants or where they simply absent?
Genesis 1:30 (KJV)
And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein [there is] life, [I have given] every green herb for meat: and it was so.
Genesis 1:30 (NLT)
And I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground--everything that has life." And that is what happened.