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Leviticus 11:14 Commentary - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

(14) And the vulture.—Rather, the kite. Its name in the original (dââh), which literally denotes the swift, majestic and gliding flier, appropriately describes this bird, which sails with its expanded wings through the air, where it often pauses as if suspended, watching for its prey. Kites are very plentiful in Syria, and are frequently seen hovering over the plains, the villages, and the outskirts of towns, and looking out for garbage and offal, and hence are often seen in company with the vulture at their useful task of devouring the carrion. Their gregarious habits are referred to by Isaiah (Isa. 34:15), where they are mentioned in company with other raptatores as suitable inhabitants of devastated Edom. The kite is used by different Eastern tribes as food.

And the kite.—Rather, the falcon. “The greedy one” (ayah), as it is called in the original, fitly describes this most sagacious, sanguinary, and rapacious robber. Its piercing sight is referred to by Job (28:7), where it is translated vulture in the Authorised Version, though in the passage before us and in the parallel passage in Deu. 14:13, it is rendered kite. It exists in Syria in a great variety of species, for which reason the text adds “after his kind.” The falcon is eaten in the Levant, and is considered rather delicate.

Consult other comments:

Leviticus 11:14 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Leviticus 11:14 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Leviticus 11:14 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Leviticus 11:14 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Leviticus 11:14 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 11:14 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Leviticus 11:14 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Leviticus 11:14 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 11:14 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Leviticus 11:14 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)