Who provideth for the raven his food?
&c.] Not man, but God; he feeds the ravens, creatures very voracious, mean, and useless, ( Luke 12:24 ) ;
when his young ones cry unto God;
cry for want of food; which is interpreted by the Lord as a cry unto him, and he relieves them, ( Psalms 147:9 ) ; when deserted by the old ones; either left in their nests through forgetfulness, as some F26; or because they are not, till fledged, black like them, as others F1; when God feeds them, as some say F2, with a kind of dew from heaven, or with flies that fly about them, and fall into their mouths; or with worms bred out of their dung but these things are not to be depended on; it may rather respect them when cast out of the nest by the old ones, when able to fly, which is testified by naturalists F3; and with this agrees what follows:
they wander for lack of meat;
being obliged to shift for themselves, when God takes care of them; which is an instance of his providential goodness; and how this is to be improved, see ( Matthew 6:26 ) ( Luke 12:24 ) .
F26 Plin. apud Servium in Virgil. Georgic. l. 1. p. 189.
F1 Pirke Eliezer, c. 21.
F2 Hieron. in Pasl. cxlvii. 9.
F3 Aristot. Hist. Animal. l. 9. c. 3. Plin. Nat. Hist. l. 10. c. 12.