Birds of the Bible – Birds of the What??

Wood Stork flying over Lake Morton by Lee 2009

Wood Stork flying over Lake Morton by Lee 2009

In my last post, Birds of the Bible – Birds of the Air Updated, I mentioned that I was going to search my many versions of the Bible. WELL!! I may just have bit off more than I can chew or have more material for articles than I have years left on this earth. :0)

So far in my searching through the two sources that I am using, [e-Sword and Bible Gateway] I have been busy for the last several days, just trying to find verses with “Birds of the“[in English versions]. Have I ever been surprised! There have been translations with “0” (Zero) verses up to several with over 50 verses.

Mallards flying off by Ian

Mallards flying off by Ian

Before you get too upset with me using so many versions, let me place a disclaimer here. I believe God inspired the original manuscripts, and that they have been preserved through diligent copying of those. He promised: “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” Matthew 5:18, KJV. I use the KJV, but also use a few other Bibles that I believe are very close to those original scripts. I do use other versions occasionally, like this, to find verses about the birds. Some versions today are questionable as to the way it was translated.

Thousands of Snow Geese flying ©Hager Mannwr-moreno

Along with all the “Birds of the”; sky, heavens, heaven, trees, air, mountains, waste land, sky lodge, and hills, some versions use fowl and fowls. My next search is of the fowls, so the verses can be matched.

What are they doing? Why are they there? What lessons can we learn from them, etc.? That is where the Birds of the What?? is heading. Stay turned.

For a starter, almost all of the versions list Genesis 1:26. They all mention God creating man, and then giving them rule over the “birds of the …”

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
Then God said, “Let Us (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) make man in Our image, according to Our likeness [not physical, but a spiritual personality and moral likeness]; and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the cattle, and over the entire earth, and over everything that creeps and crawls on the earth.”

    Vermilion-Flycatcher-male-flying ©Brent Paull

Disclaimer About Bible Version Usage

Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) by Dan

Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) by Dan

I would like to post a Disclaimer about the use of the different Bible versions that I use in my various blogs, especially the Birds of the Bible articles. Because I quote from different versions does not mean that I endorse them.  There are versions that translated God’s Word very faithfully by Godly men. There are some of the translations that are questionable as to “by whom” and “why” the translations were made.

When I do my Birds of the Bible articles, I like to “Compare” the different versions. I use e-Sword, a free Bible program from e-sword.net, and it has a “compare” mode that lets me see all the different versions of a verse I have loaded at the same time. I find it amazing that the different versions of Scripture translate a Greek or Hebrew word into so many different birds. When I do my articles, I write from an educational mode, an instructional mode and a spiritual mode.

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15 KJV)

Here is an example of what my “Compare” looks like with all the different versions I have loaded. I have some which I can’t even read, some are in Spanish, and I have the Latin Vulgate in here because many of the bird species use Latin in their names and I try to see if that will give me a clue as to which bird is intended.

Long-eared Owl (Asio otus) by Daves BirdingPix

Long-eared Owl (Asio otus) by Daves BirdingPix

Leviticus 11:17

(ACV) and the little owl, and the cormorant, and the great owl,

(ABP+) AndG2532 long-eared owl,G3563.3 andG2532 cormorant,G2674.1 andG2532 ibis,G2395.1

(ABP-G+) καιG2532 νυκτικορακαG3563.3 καιG2532 καταρρακτηνG2674.1 καιG2532 ιβινG2395.1

(AKJV) And the little owl, and the cormorant, and the great owl,

(AMP) The owl, the cormorant, the ibis,

(ASV) and the little owl, and the cormorant, and the great owl,

(BBE) And the little owl and the cormorant and the great owl;

(Bishops) The Falcon, the Cormorant, the great Owle,

(Brenton) and the night-raven and the cormorant and the stork,

(CEV) (SEE 11:13)

(CJB) the little owl, the cormorant, the great owl,

(Darby) and the owl, and the gannet, and the ibis,

(DRB) The screech owl, and the cormorant, and the ibis.

(ERV) owls, cormorants, great owls,

(ESV) the little owl, the cormorant, the short-eared owl,

(Geneva) The litle owle also, and the connorant, and the great owle.

(GNB) (SEE 11:13)

(GW) little owls, cormorants, great owls,

(HCSB) the little owl, the cormorant, the long-eared owl,

(HOT+) ואתH853 הכוסH3563 ואתH853 השׁלךH7994 ואתH853 הינשׁוף׃H3244

(ISV) owl, cormorant, ibis,

(JPS) and the little owl, and the cormorant, and the great owl;

(KJV) And the little owl, and the cormorant, and the great owl,

(KJV+) And the little owl,H3563 and the cormorant,H7994 and the great owl,H3244

(KJV-1611) And the little Owle, and the Cormorant, and the great Owle,

(KJVA) And the little owl, and the cormorant, and the great owl,

(LBLA) el búho, el somormujo, el búho real,

(LITV) and the little owl, and the cormorant, and the eared owl;

(LXX+) καιG2532 CONJ νυκτικορακαN-ASM καιG2532 CONJ καταρρακτηνN-ASM καιG2532 CONJ ιβινN-ASF

(MKJV) and the little owl, and the cormorant, and the eared owl;

(MSG) owl, cormorant, ibis,

(NAS77) and the little owl and the cormorant and the great owl,

(NASB) and the little owl and the cormorant and the great owl,

(NASB+) and the littleH3563b owlH3563b and the cormorantH7994 and the N1greatH3244 owlH3244,

(NBLH) el búho, el somormujo, el búho real,

(NIrV) “‘They include little owls, cormorants and great owls.

(NIV) the little owl, the cormorant, the great owl,

(NKJV) the little owl, the fisher owl, and the screech owl;

(NRSV) the little owl, the cormorant, the great owl,

(NRSVA) the little owl, the cormorant, the great owl,

(RV) and the little owl, and the cormorant, and the great owl;

(SRV) Y el buho, y el somormujo, y el ibis,

(Translit+) . . kowcH3563 kowcH3563 . . shalakH7994 . . yanshuwphH3244 yanshuwphH3244

(Vulgate) bubonem et mergulum et ibin

(Webster) And the little owl, and the cormorant, and the great owl,

(YLT) and the little owl, and the cormorant, and the great owl,

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White Pelican at Lake Hollingsworth by Dan

White Pelican at Lake Hollingsworth by Dan

Or the next verse:

Leviticus 11:18

(ACV) and the horned owl, and the pelican, and the vulture,

(ABP+) andG2532 the purple-legged stork,G4209.2 andG2532 pelican,G3989.2 andG2532 swan,G2945.2

(ABP-G+) καιG2532 πορφυριωναG4209.2 καιG2532 πελεκαναG3989.2 καιG2532 κυκνονG2945.2

(AKJV) And the swan, and the pelican, and the gier eagle,

(AMP) The swan, the pelican, the vulture,

(ASV) and the horned owl, and the pelican, and the vulture,

(BBE) And the water-hen and the pelican and the vulture;

(Bishops) The Backe, the Pellicane, the Pye,

(Brenton) and the red-bill, and the pelican, and swan,

(CEV) (SEE 11:13)

(CJB) the horned owl, the pelican, the barn owl,

(Darby) and the swan, and the pelican, and the carrion vulture,

(DRB) And the swan, and the bittern, and the porphyrion.

(ERV) water hens, pelicans, carrion vultures,

(ESV) the barn owl, the tawny owl, the carrion vulture,

(Geneva) Also the redshanke and the pelicane, and the swanne:

(GNB) (SEE 11:13)

(GW) barn owls, pelicans, ospreys,

(HCSB) the white owl, the desert owl, the osprey,

(HOT+) ואתH853 התנשׁמתH8580 ואתH853 הקאתH6893 ואתH853 הרחם׃H7360

(ISV) water-hen, pelican, carrion,

(JPS) and the horned owl, and the pelican, and the carrion-vulture;

(KJV) And the swan, and the pelican, and the gier eagle,

(KJV+) And the swan,H8580 and the pelican,H6893 and the gier eagle,H7360

(KJV-1611) And the Swanne, and the Pellicane, and the Gier-eagle,

(KJVA) And the swan, and the pelican, and the gier eagle,

(LBLA) la lechuza blanca, el pelícano, el buitre común,

(LITV) and the barn owl, and the pelican and the owl-vulture;

(LXX+) καιG2532 CONJ πορφυριωναN-ASM καιG2532 CONJ πελεκαναN-ASM καιG2532 CONJ κυκνονN-ASM

(MKJV) and the barn owl, and the pelican, and the owl-vulture;

(MSG) water hen, pelican, Egyptian vulture,

(NAS77) and the white owl and the pelican and the carrion vulture,

(NASB) and the white owl and the pelican and the carrion vulture,

(NASB+) and the whiteH8580 owlH8580 and the N1pelicanH6893 and the carrionH7360 vultureH7360,

(NBLH) la lechuza blanca, el pelícano, el buitre común,

(NIrV) They include white owls, desert owls and ospreys.

(NIV) the white owl, the desert owl, the osprey,

(NKJV) the white owl, the jackdaw, and the carrion vulture;

(NRSV) the water hen, the desert owl, the carrion vulture,

(NRSVA) the water hen, the desert owl, the carrion vulture,

(RV) and the horned owl, and the pelican, and the vulture;

(SRV) Y el calamón, y el cisne, y el onocrótalo,

(Translit+) . . tanshemethH8580 . . qa’athH6893 . . rachamH7360 rachamH7360

(Vulgate) cycnum et onocrotalum et porphirionem

(Webster) And the swan, and the pelican, and the gier-eagle,

(YLT) and the swan, and the pelican, and the gier eagle,


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