Leviticus 11:14

14 and the kite, and the falcon after its kind,

Leviticus 11:14 Meaning and Commentary

Leviticus 11:14

And the vulture, and the kite after his kind.
] Perhaps it might be better if the version was inverted, and the words be read, "and the kite, and the vulture, after his kind"; and the last word is by us rendered the vulture in ( Job 28:7 ) and very rightly, since the kite is not remarkable for its sight, any other than all rapacious creatures are, whereas the vulture is to a proverb; and besides, of the vulture there are two sorts, as Aristotle says F11, the one lesser and whiter, the other larger and more of an ash colour; and there are some that are of the eagle kind F12, whereas there is but one sort of kites; though Ainsworth makes mention of two, the greater of a ruddy colour, common in England, and the lesser of a blacker colour, known in Germany, but produces no authority for it; however, these are both ravenous creatures: of the kite, Aelianus says F13, it is very rapacious, and will take meat out of the meat market, but not touch any sacrificed to Jupiter; the truth of which may well be questioned; and of vultures he reports F14, that they will watch a dying man, and follow armies going to battle, expecting prey; (See Gill on Matthew 24:28).


F11 Hist. Animal. l. 8. c. 3.
F12 Aristot. ib. l. 9. c. 32. Plin. Nat. Hist. l. 10. c. 3. Aelian. de Animal. l. 2. c. 46.
F13 De Animal. l. 2. c. 42.
F14 Ib. c. 46.

Leviticus 11:14 In-Context

12 Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that is an abomination unto you.
13 And these ye shall have in abomination among the birds; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, and the gier-eagle, and the ospray,
14 and the kite, and the falcon after its kind,
15 every raven after its kind,
16 and the ostrich, and the night-hawk, and the seamew, and the hawk after its kind,
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