And the hare, because he cheweth the cud
Or, "though he chews" it:
but divideth not the hoof, he [is] unclean to you;
and so not to be eaten; so Plutarch F17 says, that the Jews are said to abstain from the hare, disdaining it as a filthy and unclean animal, and yet was in the greatest esteem with the Romans of any four footed beast, as Martial says F18: Moses, as Bochart F19 and other learned men observe, is the only writer that speaks of the hare as chewing the cud; though they also observe, that Aristotle F20 makes mention of that in common with those that do chew the cud, namely a "coagulum" or "runnet" in its stomach; his words are,
``all that have many bellies have what is called (puetia) , a coagulum or runnet, and of them that have but one belly, the hare;''only that: this creature being prone to lust, may be an emblem of lustful persons, who give up themselves to lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness, ( Ephesians 4:19 ) .
(The "hare" is this verse may be an animal that is now is extinct but was alive at the time of Moses. It is only other mentioned in ( Deuteronomy 14:7 ) . Editor.)