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54 Bible Verses about Birds

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Psalm 84:3

Yes, the sparrow has found a house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young -- "even Your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.

Job 12:7

For ask now the animals, and they will teach you [that God does not deal with His creatures according to their character]; ask the birds of the air, and they will tell you;

Psalm 104:12

Beside them the birds of the heavens have their nests; they sing among the branches.

Matthew 13:32

Of all the seeds it is the smallest, but when it has grown it is the largest of the garden herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and find shelter in its branches.

Psalm 50:11

I know and am acquainted with all the birds of the mountains, and the wild animals of the field are Mine and are with Me, in My mind.

Psalm 8:8

The birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

Ezekiel 31:6

All the birds of the heavens made their nests in its boughs, and under its branches all the wild beasts of the field brought forth their young and under its shadow dwelt all of the great nations.

Ecclesiastes 10:20

Curse not the king, no, not even in your thoughts, and curse not the rich in your bedchamber, for a bird of the air will carry the voice, and a winged creature will tell the matter.

Jeremiah 4:25

I looked, and behold, there was no man, and all the birds of the air had fled.

Jeremiah 12:9

Is My heritage to Me like a speckled bird of prey? Are the birds of prey against her round about? Go, assemble all the wild beasts of the field; bring them to devour.

Matthew 13:4

And as he sowed, some seeds fell by the roadside, and the birds came and ate them up.

Isaiah 46:11

Calling a ravenous bird from the east -- "the man [Cyrus] who executes My counsel from a far country. Yes, I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed it, and I will do it.

Genesis 15:11

And when the birds of prey swooped down upon the carcasses, Abram drove them away.

Isaiah 16:2

For like wandering birds, like a brood cast out and a scattered nest, so shall the daughters of Moab be at the fords of the [river] Arnon.

Leviticus 11:13

These you shall have in abomination among the birds; they shall not be eaten, for they are detestable: the eagle, the ossifrage, the ospray,

Jeremiah 7:33

And the dead bodies of this people will be meat for the fowls of the air and for the beasts of the earth, and none will frighten them away.

Hosea 4:3

Therefore shall the land [continually] mourn, and all who dwell in it shall languish, together with the wild beasts of the open country and the birds of the heavens; yes, the fishes of the sea also shall [perish because of the drought] be collected and taken away.

2 Samuel 21:10

Rizpah daughter of Aiah took sackcloth and spread it for herself on the rock, from the beginning of harvest until rain fell on them, and she did not allow either the birds of the air to come upon them by day or the beasts of the field by night.

1 Corinthians 15:39

For all flesh is not the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for beasts, another for birds, and another for fish.

Psalm 124:7

We are like a bird escaped from the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we have escaped!

Ezekiel 38:20

So that the fishes of the sea and the birds of the heavens, the beasts of the field and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall tremble and shake at My presence; and the mountains shall be thrown down and the steep places shall fall and every wall [natural or artificial] shall fall to the ground.

Isaiah 31:5

Like birds hovering, so will the Lord of hosts defend Jerusalem; He will protect and deliver it, He will pass over and spare and preserve it.

Job 28:7

That path no bird of prey knows, and the falcon's eye has not seen it.

Jeremiah 5:27

As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit and treachery; therefore they have become great and grown rich,

1 Samuel 17:44

The Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field.

Genesis 1:21

God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, which the waters brought forth abundantly, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good (suitable, admirable) and He approved it.

Jeremiah 5:26

For among My people are found wicked men; they watch like fowlers who lie in wait; they set a trap, they catch men.

Ezekiel 13:20

Therefore thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am against your pillows and charms and veils with which you snare human lives like birds, and I will tear them from your arms and will let the lives you hunt go free, the lives you are snaring like birds.

Psalm 79:2

The dead bodies of Your servants they have given as food to the birds of the heavens, the flesh of Your saints to the beasts of the earth.

Psalm 104:17

Where the birds make their nests; as for the stork, the fir trees are her house.

Genesis 2:20

And Adam gave names to all the livestock and to the birds of the air and to every [wild] beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found a helper meet (suitable, adapted, complementary) for him.

Proverbs 27:8

Like a bird that wanders from her nest, so is a man who strays from his home.

Hosea 2:18

And in that day will I make a covenant for Israel with the living creatures of the open country and with the birds of the heavens and with the creeping things of the ground. And I will break the bow and the sword and [abolish battle equipment and] conflict out of the land and will make you lie down safely.

Daniel 2:38

And wherever the children of men dwell, and the beasts of the field, and the birds of the heavens -- "He has given them into your hand and has made you to rule over them all. You [king of Babylon] are the head of gold.

Romans 1:23

And by them the glory and majesty and excellence of the immortal God were exchanged for and represented by images, resembling mortal man and birds and beasts and reptiles.

Leviticus 14:50

And he shall kill one of the birds in an earthen vessel over running water,

Ecclesiastes 9:12

For man also knows not his time [of death]: as the fishes are taken in an evil net, and as the birds are caught in the snare, so are the sons of men snared in an evil time when [calamity] falls suddenly upon them.

Deuteronomy 22:6

If a bird's nest should chance to be before you in the way, in any tree or on the ground, with young ones or eggs, and the mother bird is sitting on the young or on the eggs, you shall not take the mother bird with the young.

Genesis 15:10

And he brought Him all these and cut them down the middle [into halves] and laid each half opposite the other; but the birds he did not divide.

Proverbs 26:2

Like the sparrow in her wandering, like the swallow in her flying, so the causeless curse does not alight.

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Birds » General references to

Genesis 1:26

God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the [tame] beasts, and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth.

Genesis 9:2

And the fear of you and the dread and terror of you shall be upon every beast of the land, every bird of the air, all that creeps upon the ground, and upon all the fish of the sea; they are delivered into your hand.

Deuteronomy 14:11

Of all clean birds you may eat.

Deuteronomy 22:6

If a bird's nest should chance to be before you in the way, in any tree or on the ground, with young ones or eggs, and the mother bird is sitting on the young or on the eggs, you shall not take the mother bird with the young.

Genesis 1:20

And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly and swarm with living creatures, and let birds fly over the earth in the open expanse of the heavens.

Birds » Used as sacrifices » Pigeons, offered in sacrifice

Genesis 15:9

And He said to him, Bring to Me a heifer three years old, a she-goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.

Leviticus 12:8

If she is unable to bring a lamb [for lack of means] then she shall bring two turtledoves or young pigeons, one for a burnt offering, the other for a sin offering; the priest shall make atonement for her, and she shall be clean.

Leviticus 1:14

And if the offering to the Lord is a burnt offering of birds, then [the man] shall bring turtledoves or young pigeons.

Leviticus 5:7

But if he cannot afford a lamb, then he shall bring for his guilt offering to the Lord two turtledoves or two young pigeons, one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering.

Leviticus 14:22

And two turtledoves or two young pigeons, such as he can afford, one for a sin offering, the other for a burnt offering.

More verses: Luke 2:24

Birds » Used as sacrifices » Ravens

Genesis 8:7

And sent forth a raven, which kept going to and fro until the waters were dried up from the land.

1 Kings 17:4

You shall drink of the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.

More verses: Proverbs 30:17

Birds » Used as sacrifices » Eagles, a type of swiftness

Exodus 19:4

You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to Myself.

2 Samuel 1:23

Saul and Jonathan, beloved and lovely! In their lives and in their deaths they were not divided. They were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.

Job 9:26

They are passed away like the swift rowboats made of reeds, or like the eagle that swoops down on the prey.

Birds » Names of » Cormorants

Deuteronomy 14:17

The pelican, the carrion vulture, the cormorant,

Isaiah 34:11

But the pelican and the porcupine will possess it; the owl and the bittern and the raven will dwell in it. And He will stretch over it [Edom] the measuring line of confusion and the plummet stones of chaos [over its nobles].

Zephaniah 2:14

Herds shall lie down in the midst of [Nineveh], all the [wild] beasts of the nations and of every kind; both the pelican and the hedgehog shall lodge on the upper part of her [fallen] pillars; the voice [of the nesting bird] shall sing in the windows; desolation and drought shall be on the thresholds, for her cedar paneling will He lay bare.

Birds » Names of » Doves, a type of purity

Matthew 10:16

Behold, I am sending you out like sheep in the midst of wolves; be wary and wise as serpents, and be innocent (harmless, guileless, and without falsity) as doves.

Psalm 68:13

Though you [the slackers] may lie among the sheepfolds [in slothful ease, yet for Israel] the wings of a dove are covered with silver, its pinions excessively green with gold [are trophies taken from the enemy].

Song of Songs 6:9

But my dove, my undefiled and perfect one, stands alone [above them all]; she is the only one of her mother, she is the choice one of her who bore her. The daughters saw her and called her blessed and happy, yes, the queens and the concubines, and they praised her.

Birds » Used as sacrifices » Vultures

Job 28:7

That path no bird of prey knows, and the falcon's eye has not seen it.

Isaiah 34:15

There shall the arrow snake make her nest and lay her eggs and hatch them and gather her young under her shade; there shall the kites be gathered [also to breed] every one with its mate.

Birds » Used as sacrifices » Storks

Jeremiah 8:7

[Even the migratory birds are punctual to their seasons.] Yes, the stork [excelling in the great height of her flight] in the heavens knows her appointed times [of migration], and the turtledove, the swallow, and the crane observe the time of their return. But My people do not know the law of the Lord [which the lower animals instinctively recognize in so far as it applies to them].

Psalm 104:17

Where the birds make their nests; as for the stork, the fir trees are her house.

Zechariah 5:9

Then lifted I up my eyes and looked, and behold, there were two women coming forward! The wind was in their wings, for they had wings like the wings of a stork, and they lifted up the ephah[-sized vessel] between the earth and the heavens.

Birds » Man's dominion over

Jeremiah 27:6

And now I have given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, My servant and instrument, and the beasts of the field also I have given him to serve him.

Genesis 1:26

God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the [tame] beasts, and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth.

Genesis 9:2-3

And the fear of you and the dread and terror of you shall be upon every beast of the land, every bird of the air, all that creeps upon the ground, and upon all the fish of the sea; they are delivered into your hand. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; and as I gave you the green vegetables and plants, I give you everything.

More verses: Daniel 2:38 Psalm 8:5-8

Birds » Used as sacrifices » Turtle doves, offered in sacrifice

Genesis 15:9

And He said to him, Bring to Me a heifer three years old, a she-goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.

Leviticus 1:14

And if the offering to the Lord is a burnt offering of birds, then [the man] shall bring turtledoves or young pigeons.

Luke 2:24

And [they came also] to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord: a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.

Numbers 6:10

On the eighth day he shall bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons to the priest to the door of the Tent of Meeting,

Birds » Have each their peculiar note or song

Psalm 104:12

Beside them the birds of the heavens have their nests; they sing among the branches.

Ecclesiastes 12:4

When the doors [the lips] are shut in the streets and the sound of the grinding [of the teeth] is low, and one rises up at the voice of a bird and the crowing of a cock, and all the daughters of music [the voice and the ear] are brought low;

Song of Songs 2:12

The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing [of birds] has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.

Birds » The singing of

Psalm 104:12

Beside them the birds of the heavens have their nests; they sing among the branches.

Ecclesiastes 12:4

When the doors [the lips] are shut in the streets and the sound of the grinding [of the teeth] is low, and one rises up at the voice of a bird and the crowing of a cock, and all the daughters of music [the voice and the ear] are brought low;

Song of Songs 2:12

The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing [of birds] has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.

Birds » The nests of

Isaiah 34:15

There shall the arrow snake make her nest and lay her eggs and hatch them and gather her young under her shade; there shall the kites be gathered [also to breed] every one with its mate.

Psalm 104:17

Where the birds make their nests; as for the stork, the fir trees are her house.

Psalm 84:3

Yes, the sparrow has found a house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young -- "even Your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.

Birds » Often suffered for man's sin

Jeremiah 12:4

How long must the land mourn and the grass and herbs of the whole country wither? Through the wickedness of those who dwell in it, the beasts and the birds are consumed and are swept away [by the drought], because men [mocked] me, saying, He shall not [live to] see our final end.

Genesis 6:7

So the Lord said, I will destroy, blot out, and wipe away mankind, whom I have created from the face of the ground -- "not only man, [but] the beasts and the creeping things and the birds of the air -- "for it grieves Me and makes Me regretful that I have made them.

Hosea 4:3

Therefore shall the land [continually] mourn, and all who dwell in it shall languish, together with the wild beasts of the open country and the birds of the heavens; yes, the fishes of the sea also shall [perish because of the drought] be collected and taken away.

Ezekiel 38:20

So that the fishes of the sea and the birds of the heavens, the beasts of the field and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall tremble and shake at My presence; and the mountains shall be thrown down and the steep places shall fall and every wall [natural or artificial] shall fall to the ground.

Birds » Used as sacrifices » Sparrows

Luke 12:6

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And [yet] not one of them is forgotten or uncared for in the presence of God.

Psalm 84:3

Yes, the sparrow has found a house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young -- "even Your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.

Psalm 102:7

I am sleepless and lie awake [mourning], like a bereaved sparrow alone on the housetop.

Birds » Used as sacrifices » Owls

Isaiah 34:14

And the wild beasts of the desert will meet here with howling creatures [wolves and hyenas] and the [shaggy] wild goat will call to his fellow; the night monster will settle there and find a place of rest.

Deuteronomy 14:16

The little owl, the great owl, the horned owl,

Birds » Used as sacrifices » Pelicans

Deuteronomy 14:17

The pelican, the carrion vulture, the cormorant,

Leviticus 11:18

The swan, the pelican, the vulture,

Psalm 102:6

I am like a melancholy pelican or vulture of the wilderness; I am like a [desolate] owl of the waste places.

Birds » Many kinds of, carnivorous

Deuteronomy 28:26

And your dead body shall be food for all the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and there shall be no one to frighten them away.

Genesis 15:11

And when the birds of prey swooped down upon the carcasses, Abram drove them away.

Genesis 40:19

Within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head but will have you beheaded and hung on a tree, and [you will not so much as be given burial, but] the birds will eat your flesh.

Birds » Used as sacrifices » Hawks

Deuteronomy 14:15

The ostrich, the nighthawk, the sea gull, the hawk of any variety,

Job 39:26

Is it by your wisdom [Job] that the hawk soars and stretches her wings toward the south [as winter approaches]?

Birds » Illustrative » (snaring,) of designs of the wicked

Psalm 124:7

We are like a bird escaped from the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we have escaped!

Proverbs 1:10-17

My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. If they say, Come with us; let us lie in wait [to shed] blood, let us ambush the innocent without cause [and show that his piety is in vain]; Let us swallow them up alive as does Sheol (the place of the dead), and whole, as those who go down into the pit [of the dead]; read more.
We shall find and take all kinds of precious goods [when our victims are put out of the way], we shall fill our houses with plunder; Throw in your lot with us [they insist] and be a sworn brother and comrade; let us all have one purse in common -- " My son, do not walk in the way with them; restrain your foot from their path; For their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood. For in vain is the net spread in the sight of any bird!

Proverbs 7:23

Till a dart [of passion] pierces and inflames his vitals; then like a bird fluttering straight into the net [he hastens], not knowing that it will cost him his life.

Birds » Clean » Cock and hen

Matthew 26:34

Jesus said to him, Solemnly I declare to you, this very night, before a single rooster crows, you will deny and disown Me three times.

Matthew 26:74

Then Peter began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, I do not even know the Man! And at that moment a rooster crowed.

Birds » God provides for

Psalm 104:1-12

Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, You are very great! You are clothed with honor and majesty -- " [You are the One] Who covers Yourself with light as with a garment, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain or a tent, Who lays the beams of the upper room of His abode in the waters [above the firmament], Who makes the clouds His chariot, Who walks on the wings of the wind, read more.
Who makes winds His messengers, flames of fire His ministers. You laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be moved forever. You covered it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains. At Your rebuke they fled; at the voice of Your thunder they hastened away. The mountains rose, the valleys sank down to the place which You appointed for them. You have set a boundary [for the waters] which they may not pass over, that they turn not again to deluge the earth. He sends forth springs into the valleys; their waters run among the mountains. They give drink to every [wild] beast of the field; the wild asses quench their thirst there. Beside them the birds of the heavens have their nests; they sing among the branches.

Luke 12:23-24

For life is more than food, and the body [more] than clothes. Observe and consider the ravens; for they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn; and [yet] God feeds them. Of how much more worth are you than the birds!

Birds » Used as sacrifices » Quails

Exodus 16:13

In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning the dew lay round about the camp.

Numbers 11:31

And there went forth a wind from the Lord and brought quails from the sea, and let them fall [so they flew low] beside the camp, about a day's journey on this side and on the other side, all around the camp, about two cubits above the ground.

Psalm 105:40

[The Israelites] asked, and He brought quails and satisfied them with the bread of heaven.

Birds » Divine care of

Job 38:41

Who provides for the raven its prey when its young ones cry to God and wander about for lack of food?

Luke 12:6

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And [yet] not one of them is forgotten or uncared for in the presence of God.

Birds » God's care for

Luke 12:6

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And [yet] not one of them is forgotten or uncared for in the presence of God.

Deuteronomy 22:6

If a bird's nest should chance to be before you in the way, in any tree or on the ground, with young ones or eggs, and the mother bird is sitting on the young or on the eggs, you shall not take the mother bird with the young.

Birds » Unclean » Vultures

Job 28:7

That path no bird of prey knows, and the falcon's eye has not seen it.

Isaiah 34:15

There shall the arrow snake make her nest and lay her eggs and hatch them and gather her young under her shade; there shall the kites be gathered [also to breed] every one with its mate.

Birds » Used as sacrifices » Swallows

Jeremiah 8:7

[Even the migratory birds are punctual to their seasons.] Yes, the stork [excelling in the great height of her flight] in the heavens knows her appointed times [of migration], and the turtledove, the swallow, and the crane observe the time of their return. But My people do not know the law of the Lord [which the lower animals instinctively recognize in so far as it applies to them].

Psalm 84:3

Yes, the sparrow has found a house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young -- "even Your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.

Isaiah 38:14

Like a twittering swallow or a crane, so do I chirp and chatter; I moan like a dove. My eyes are weary and dim with looking upward. O Lord, I am oppressed; take my side and be my security [as of a debtor being sent to prison].

Birds » Clean » Turtle

Leviticus 14:22

And two turtledoves or two young pigeons, such as he can afford, one for a sin offering, the other for a burnt offering.

Song of Songs 2:12

The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing [of birds] has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.

Birds » Clean » To be eaten

Deuteronomy 14:11

Of all clean birds you may eat.

Deuteronomy 14:20

But of all clean winged things you may eat.

Birds » Rapid flight of, alluded to

Hosea 11:11

They shall come trembling but hurriedly like a bird out of Egypt and like a dove out of the land of Assyria, and I will cause them to dwell in their houses, says the Lord.

Isaiah 31:5

Like birds hovering, so will the Lord of hosts defend Jerusalem; He will protect and deliver it, He will pass over and spare and preserve it.

Hosea 9:11

As for Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird; there shall be no birth, no being with child, and [because of their impurity] no becoming pregnant.

Birds » Figurative

Isaiah 16:2

For like wandering birds, like a brood cast out and a scattered nest, so shall the daughters of Moab be at the fords of the [river] Arnon.

Isaiah 46:11

Calling a ravenous bird from the east -- "the man [Cyrus] who executes My counsel from a far country. Yes, I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed it, and I will do it.

Jeremiah 12:9

Is My heritage to Me like a speckled bird of prey? Are the birds of prey against her round about? Go, assemble all the wild beasts of the field; bring them to devour.

Ezekiel 39:4

You shall fall [dead] upon the mountains of Israel, you and all your hosts and the peoples who are with you. I will give you to the ravenous birds of every sort and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.

Birds » Unclean » Not to be eaten

Leviticus 11:13

These you shall have in abomination among the birds; they shall not be eaten, for they are detestable: the eagle, the ossifrage, the ospray,

Birds » Clean » Sparrow

Leviticus 14:4

Then the priest shall command to take for him who is to be cleansed two living clean birds and cedar wood and scarlet [material] and hyssop.

Matthew 10:29-31

Are not two little sparrows sold for a penny? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father's leave (consent) and notice. But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, then; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Birds » Propagated by eggs

Deuteronomy 22:6

If a bird's nest should chance to be before you in the way, in any tree or on the ground, with young ones or eggs, and the mother bird is sitting on the young or on the eggs, you shall not take the mother bird with the young.

Jeremiah 17:11

Like the partridge that gathers a brood which she did not hatch and sits on eggs which she has not laid, so is he who gets riches by unjust means and not by right. He will leave them, or they will leave him, in the midst of his days, and at his end he will be a fool.

Birds » Clean » Partridge

Jeremiah 17:11

Like the partridge that gathers a brood which she did not hatch and sits on eggs which she has not laid, so is he who gets riches by unjust means and not by right. He will leave them, or they will leave him, in the midst of his days, and at his end he will be a fool.

1 Samuel 26:20

Now therefore, let not my blood fall to the earth away from the presence of the Lord; for the king of Israel is come out to seek one flea, as when one hunts a partridge in the mountains.

Birds » Clean » Pigeon

Leviticus 1:14

And if the offering to the Lord is a burnt offering of birds, then [the man] shall bring turtledoves or young pigeons.

Leviticus 12:6

When the days of her purifying are completed, whether for a son or for a daughter, she shall bring a lamb a year old for a burnt offering and a young pigeon or a turtledove for a sin offering to the door of the Tent of Meeting to the priest;

Birds » Make their nests » In clefts of rocks

Numbers 24:21

And he looked at the Kenites and took up his [prophetic] utterance, and said: Strong is your dwelling place, and you set your nest in the rock.

Jeremiah 48:28

O you inhabitants of Moab, leave the cities and dwell among the rocks, and be like the dove that makes her nest in the walls of the yawning ravine.

Birds » Unclean » Cormorant

Isaiah 34:11

But the pelican and the porcupine will possess it; the owl and the bittern and the raven will dwell in it. And He will stretch over it [Edom] the measuring line of confusion and the plummet stones of chaos [over its nobles].

Birds » Unclean » Stork

Psalm 104:17

Where the birds make their nests; as for the stork, the fir trees are her house.

Birds » Inhabit » Deserted cities

Isaiah 34:11

But the pelican and the porcupine will possess it; the owl and the bittern and the raven will dwell in it. And He will stretch over it [Edom] the measuring line of confusion and the plummet stones of chaos [over its nobles].

Isaiah 34:14-15

And the wild beasts of the desert will meet here with howling creatures [wolves and hyenas] and the [shaggy] wild goat will call to his fellow; the night monster will settle there and find a place of rest. There shall the arrow snake make her nest and lay her eggs and hatch them and gather her young under her shade; there shall the kites be gathered [also to breed] every one with its mate.

Birds » Songs of, at the break of day

Psalm 104:12

Beside them the birds of the heavens have their nests; they sing among the branches.

Ecclesiastes 12:4

When the doors [the lips] are shut in the streets and the sound of the grinding [of the teeth] is low, and one rises up at the voice of a bird and the crowing of a cock, and all the daughters of music [the voice and the ear] are brought low;

Song of Songs 2:12

The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing [of birds] has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.

Birds » Unclean » Pelican

Leviticus 11:18

The swan, the pelican, the vulture,

Psalm 102:6

I am like a melancholy pelican or vulture of the wilderness; I am like a [desolate] owl of the waste places.

Birds » Unclean » Bat

Isaiah 2:20

In that day men shall cast away to the moles and to the bats their idols of silver and their idols of gold, which they made for themselves to worship,

Birds » Clean » Offered in sacrifice

Leviticus 1:14

And if the offering to the Lord is a burnt offering of birds, then [the man] shall bring turtledoves or young pigeons.

Birds » Often remove from places suffering calamities

Jeremiah 4:25

I looked, and behold, there was no man, and all the birds of the air had fled.

Jeremiah 9:10

For the mountains I will take up a weeping and wailing and for the pastures of the wilderness a lament, because they are burned up and desolated, so that no one passes through [them]; neither can men hear [any longer] the lowing of cattle. Both the fowls of the air and the beasts have fled, they are gone!

Birds » Used as sacrifices » Ostriches

Job 39:13

The wings of the ostrich wave proudly, [but] are they the pinions and plumage of love?

Lamentations 4:3

Even the jackals draw out the breast, they give suck to their young ones, but the daughter of my people has become cruel like ostriches in the wilderness [that desert their young].

Birds » Illustrative » Of people of different countries

Ezekiel 31:6

All the birds of the heavens made their nests in its boughs, and under its branches all the wild beasts of the field brought forth their young and under its shadow dwelt all of the great nations.

Matthew 13:32

Of all the seeds it is the smallest, but when it has grown it is the largest of the garden herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and find shelter in its branches.

Birds » Illustrative » Of the devil and his spirits

Matthew 13:19

While anyone is hearing the Word of the kingdom and does not grasp and comprehend it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the roadside.

Matthew 13:4

And as he sowed, some seeds fell by the roadside, and the birds came and ate them up.

Birds » Make their nests » In trees

Psalm 104:17

Where the birds make their nests; as for the stork, the fir trees are her house.

Ezekiel 31:6

All the birds of the heavens made their nests in its boughs, and under its branches all the wild beasts of the field brought forth their young and under its shadow dwelt all of the great nations.

Birds » Illustrative » Of unsettled persons, &c

Isaiah 16:2

For like wandering birds, like a brood cast out and a scattered nest, so shall the daughters of Moab be at the fords of the [river] Arnon.

Proverbs 27:8

Like a bird that wanders from her nest, so is a man who strays from his home.

Birds » Unclean » Bittern

Isaiah 34:11

But the pelican and the porcupine will possess it; the owl and the bittern and the raven will dwell in it. And He will stretch over it [Edom] the measuring line of confusion and the plummet stones of chaos [over its nobles].

Isaiah 14:23

I will also make it a possession of the hedgehog and porcupine, and of marshes and pools of water, and I will sweep it with the broom of destruction, says the Lord of hosts.

Birds » Unclean » Eagle

Leviticus 11:13

These you shall have in abomination among the birds; they shall not be eaten, for they are detestable: the eagle, the ossifrage, the ospray,

Job 39:27

Does the eagle mount up at your command and make his nest on high [inaccessible place]?

Birds » Unclean » Raven

Job 38:41

Who provides for the raven its prey when its young ones cry to God and wander about for lack of food?

Birds » Unclean » Hawk

Job 39:26

Is it by your wisdom [Job] that the hawk soars and stretches her wings toward the south [as winter approaches]?

Birds » Unclean » Owl

Job 30:29

I am a brother to jackals [which howl], and a companion to ostriches [which scream dismally].

Birds » Clean » Crane

Jeremiah 8:7

[Even the migratory birds are punctual to their seasons.] Yes, the stork [excelling in the great height of her flight] in the heavens knows her appointed times [of migration], and the turtledove, the swallow, and the crane observe the time of their return. But My people do not know the law of the Lord [which the lower animals instinctively recognize in so far as it applies to them].

Isaiah 38:14

Like a twittering swallow or a crane, so do I chirp and chatter; I moan like a dove. My eyes are weary and dim with looking upward. O Lord, I am oppressed; take my side and be my security [as of a debtor being sent to prison].

Birds » Rest on trees

Daniel 4:12

Its leaves were fair and its fruit abundant, and in it was food for all. The living creatures of the field found shade under it, and the birds of the sky dwelt in its branches; and all flesh was fed from it.

Matthew 13:32

Of all the seeds it is the smallest, but when it has grown it is the largest of the garden herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and find shelter in its branches.

Birds » Created by God

Genesis 2:19

And out of the ground the Lord God formed every [wild] beast and living creature of the field and every bird of the air and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them; and whatever Adam called every living creature, that was its name.

Genesis 1:20

And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly and swarm with living creatures, and let birds fly over the earth in the open expanse of the heavens.

Birds » Nests of

Psalm 104:17

Where the birds make their nests; as for the stork, the fir trees are her house.

Matthew 13:32

Of all the seeds it is the smallest, but when it has grown it is the largest of the garden herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and find shelter in its branches.

Birds » Used as sacrifices » Peacocks

1 Kings 10:22

For the king had a fleet of ships of Tarshish at sea with the fleet of Hiram. Once every three years the fleet of ships of Tarshish came bringing gold, silver, ivory, apes, and peacocks.

Job 39:13

The wings of the ostrich wave proudly, [but] are they the pinions and plumage of love?

Birds » Unclean » Peacock

1 Kings 10:22

For the king had a fleet of ships of Tarshish at sea with the fleet of Hiram. Once every three years the fleet of ships of Tarshish came bringing gold, silver, ivory, apes, and peacocks.

Job 39:13

The wings of the ostrich wave proudly, [but] are they the pinions and plumage of love?

Birds » Clean » Swallow

Psalm 84:3

Yes, the sparrow has found a house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young -- "even Your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.

Isaiah 38:14

Like a twittering swallow or a crane, so do I chirp and chatter; I moan like a dove. My eyes are weary and dim with looking upward. O Lord, I am oppressed; take my side and be my security [as of a debtor being sent to prison].

Birds » What species were unclean

Leviticus 11:13-20

These you shall have in abomination among the birds; they shall not be eaten, for they are detestable: the eagle, the ossifrage, the ospray, The kite, the whole species of falcon, Every kind of raven, read more.
The ostrich, the nighthawk, the sea gull, every species of hawk, The owl, the cormorant, the ibis, The swan, the pelican, the vulture, The stork, all kinds of heron, the hoopoe, and the bat. All winged insects that go upon all fours are to be an abomination to you;

Deuteronomy 14:12-19

But these are the ones which you shall not eat: the eagle, the vulture, the ospray, The buzzard, the kite in its several species, The raven in all its species, read more.
The ostrich, the nighthawk, the sea gull, the hawk of any variety, The little owl, the great owl, the horned owl, The pelican, the carrion vulture, the cormorant, The stork, the heron of any variety, the hoopoe, and the bat. And all flying insects are unclean for you; they shall not be eaten.

Birds » Power over, given to man

Genesis 1:26

God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the [tame] beasts, and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth.

Psalm 8:8

The birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

Birds » Appointed for food

Genesis 9:2-3

And the fear of you and the dread and terror of you shall be upon every beast of the land, every bird of the air, all that creeps upon the ground, and upon all the fish of the sea; they are delivered into your hand. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; and as I gave you the green vegetables and plants, I give you everything.

Deuteronomy 14:11-20

Of all clean birds you may eat. But these are the ones which you shall not eat: the eagle, the vulture, the ospray, The buzzard, the kite in its several species, read more.
The raven in all its species, The ostrich, the nighthawk, the sea gull, the hawk of any variety, The little owl, the great owl, the horned owl, The pelican, the carrion vulture, the cormorant, The stork, the heron of any variety, the hoopoe, and the bat. And all flying insects are unclean for you; they shall not be eaten. But of all clean winged things you may eat.

Birds » Unclean » Ostrich

Job 39:13

The wings of the ostrich wave proudly, [but] are they the pinions and plumage of love?

Job 39:18

Yet when she lifts herself up in flight, [so swift is she that] she can laugh to scorn the horse and his rider.

Birds » Differ in flesh from beasts and fishes

1 Corinthians 15:39

For all flesh is not the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for beasts, another for birds, and another for fish.

Birds » Cages of

Revelation 18:2

And he shouted with a mighty voice, She is fallen! Mighty Babylon is fallen! She has become a resort and dwelling place for demons, a dungeon haunted by every loathsome spirit, an abode for every filthy and detestable bird.

Birds » Habits of

Job 39:13-18

The wings of the ostrich wave proudly, [but] are they the pinions and plumage of love? The ostrich leaves her eggs on the ground and warms them in the dust, Forgetting that a foot may crush them or that the wild beast may trample them. read more.
She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not hers; her labor is in vain because she has no sense of danger [for her unborn brood], For God has deprived her of wisdom, neither has He imparted to her understanding. Yet when she lifts herself up in flight, [so swift is she that] she can laugh to scorn the horse and his rider.

Job 39:26-30

Is it by your wisdom [Job] that the hawk soars and stretches her wings toward the south [as winter approaches]? Does the eagle mount up at your command and make his nest on high [inaccessible place]? On the cliff he dwells and remains securely, upon the point of the rock and the stronghold. read more.
From there he spies out the prey; and his eyes see it afar off. His young ones suck up blood, and where the slain are, there is he.

Birds » Not to be eaten with their young

Deuteronomy 22:6-7

If a bird's nest should chance to be before you in the way, in any tree or on the ground, with young ones or eggs, and the mother bird is sitting on the young or on the eggs, you shall not take the mother bird with the young. You shall surely let the mother bird go, and take only the young, that it may be well with you and that you may prolong your days.

Birds » Illustrative » (snaring,) of death

Ecclesiastes 9:12

For man also knows not his time [of death]: as the fishes are taken in an evil net, and as the birds are caught in the snare, so are the sons of men snared in an evil time when [calamity] falls suddenly upon them.

Birds » Unclean » Glede

Birds » Domesticated

Job 41:5

Will you play with [the crocodile] as with a bird? Or will you put him on a leash for your maidens?

Birds » Make their nests » On the ground

Deuteronomy 22:6

If a bird's nest should chance to be before you in the way, in any tree or on the ground, with young ones or eggs, and the mother bird is sitting on the young or on the eggs, you shall not take the mother bird with the young.

Birds » Called » Winged fowl

Deuteronomy 4:17

The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, or of any winged fowl that flies in the air,

Birds » No likeness of, to be made for worship

Deuteronomy 4:17

The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, or of any winged fowl that flies in the air,

Birds » Unclean » Ossifrage

Leviticus 11:13

These you shall have in abomination among the birds; they shall not be eaten, for they are detestable: the eagle, the ossifrage, the ospray,

Birds » Unclean » Little owl

Birds » Unclean » Gier eagle

Leviticus 11:18

The swan, the pelican, the vulture,

Birds » Unclean » Great owl

Birds » Unclean » Lapwing

Birds » Unclean » Osprey

Leviticus 11:13

These you shall have in abomination among the birds; they shall not be eaten, for they are detestable: the eagle, the ossifrage, the ospray,

Birds » Unclean » Cuckoo

Birds » Unclean » Heron

Birds » Unclean » Kite

Birds » Unclean » Swan

Leviticus 11:18

The swan, the pelican, the vulture,

Birds » Unclean » Night hawk

Birds » Clean » Quail

Exodus 16:12-13

I have heard the murmurings of the Israelites; speak to them, saying, At twilight you shall eat meat, and between the two evenings you shall be filled with bread; and you shall know that I am the Lord your God. In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning the dew lay round about the camp.

Birds » Names given to, by adam

Genesis 2:19-20

And out of the ground the Lord God formed every [wild] beast and living creature of the field and every bird of the air and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them; and whatever Adam called every living creature, that was its name. And Adam gave names to all the livestock and to the birds of the air and to every [wild] beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found a helper meet (suitable, adapted, complementary) for him.

Birds » The blood of, not to be eaten

Leviticus 7:26

Moreover, you shall eat no blood of any kind, whether of bird or of beast, in any of your dwellings.

Birds » Illustrative » Of hostile nations

Jeremiah 12:9

Is My heritage to Me like a speckled bird of prey? Are the birds of prey against her round about? Go, assemble all the wild beasts of the field; bring them to devour.

Birds » Called » Feathered fowl

Ezekiel 39:17

And you, son of man, thus says the Lord God: Say to the birds of prey of every sort and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves and come, gather from every side to the sacrificial feast that I am preparing for you, even a great sacrificial feast on the mountains of Israel at which you may eat flesh and drink blood.

Birds » Confinement » Cages

Jeremiah 5:27

As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit and treachery; therefore they have become great and grown rich,

Birds » Are hostile to strange kinds

Jeremiah 12:9

Is My heritage to Me like a speckled bird of prey? Are the birds of prey against her round about? Go, assemble all the wild beasts of the field; bring them to devour.

Birds » Taken in snares or nets

Proverbs 1:17

For in vain is the net spread in the sight of any bird!

Birds » Given as food to man

Genesis 9:2-3

And the fear of you and the dread and terror of you shall be upon every beast of the land, every bird of the air, all that creeps upon the ground, and upon all the fish of the sea; they are delivered into your hand. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; and as I gave you the green vegetables and plants, I give you everything.

Birds » Make their nests » Deserted cities

Isaiah 34:15

There shall the arrow snake make her nest and lay her eggs and hatch them and gather her young under her shade; there shall the kites be gathered [also to breed] every one with its mate.

Birds » Illustrative » Of cruel and rapacious kings

Isaiah 46:11

Calling a ravenous bird from the east -- "the man [Cyrus] who executes My counsel from a far country. Yes, I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed it, and I will do it.

Birds » Inhabit » Marshes

Isaiah 14:23

I will also make it a possession of the hedgehog and porcupine, and of marshes and pools of water, and I will sweep it with the broom of destruction, says the Lord of hosts.

Birds » Called » Birds of the air

Birds » Early distinguished into clean and clean

Birds » Herb of the field given as food to

Genesis 1:30

And to all the animals on the earth and to every bird of the air and to everything that creeps on the ground -- "to everything in which there is the breath of life -- "I have given every green plant for food. And it was so.

Birds » Created for the glory of God

Psalm 148:10

Beasts and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds!

Birds » Many kinds of, granivorous

Matthew 13:4

And as he sowed, some seeds fell by the roadside, and the birds came and ate them up.

Birds » Many kinds of, migratory

Jeremiah 8:7

[Even the migratory birds are punctual to their seasons.] Yes, the stork [excelling in the great height of her flight] in the heavens knows her appointed times [of migration], and the turtledove, the swallow, and the crane observe the time of their return. But My people do not know the law of the Lord [which the lower animals instinctively recognize in so far as it applies to them].

Birds » Make, and dwell in nests

Birds » Fly above the earth

Genesis 1:20

And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly and swarm with living creatures, and let birds fly over the earth in the open expanse of the heavens.

Birds » Solomon wrote the history of

1 Kings 4:33

He spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of the wall; he spoke also of beasts, of birds, of creeping things, and of fish.

Birds » Inhabit » Mountains

Psalm 50:11

I know and am acquainted with all the birds of the mountains, and the wild animals of the field are Mine and are with Me, in My mind.

Birds » Inhabit » Deserts

Psalm 102:6

I am like a melancholy pelican or vulture of the wilderness; I am like a [desolate] owl of the waste places.

Birds » Called » Fowls of the air

Genesis 7:3

Also of the birds of the air seven pairs, the male and the female, to keep seed [their kind] alive over all the earth or land.

Birds » Clean » Dove

Genesis 8:8

Then he sent forth a dove to see if the waters had decreased from the surface of the ground.

Birds » Often worshipped by idolaters

Romans 1:23

And by them the glory and majesty and excellence of the immortal God were exchanged for and represented by images, resembling mortal man and birds and beasts and reptiles.

Birds » Furnished with claws

Daniel 4:33

That very hour the thing was [in process of] being fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar. He was driven from among men and did eat grass like oxen [as Daniel had said he would], and his body was wet with the dew of the heavens until his hair grew like eagles' [feathers] and his nails [were] like birds' [claws].

Birds » Instinctively fear man

Genesis 9:2

And the fear of you and the dread and terror of you shall be upon every beast of the land, every bird of the air, all that creeps upon the ground, and upon all the fish of the sea; they are delivered into your hand.

Birds » The property of God

Psalm 50:11

I know and am acquainted with all the birds of the mountains, and the wild animals of the field are Mine and are with Me, in My mind.

Birds » Make their nests » Under the roofs of houses

Psalm 84:3

Yes, the sparrow has found a house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young -- "even Your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.

Birds » Creation of, on the fifth creative day

Genesis 1:20-30

And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly and swarm with living creatures, and let birds fly over the earth in the open expanse of the heavens. God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, which the waters brought forth abundantly, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good (suitable, admirable) and He approved it. And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let the fowl multiply in the earth. read more.
And there was evening and there was morning, a fifth day. And God said, Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creeping things, and [wild] beasts of the earth according to their kinds. And it was so. And God made the [wild] beasts of the earth according to their kinds, and domestic animals according to their kinds, and everything that creeps upon the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good (fitting, pleasant) and He approved it. God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the [tame] beasts, and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth. So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them. And God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it [using all its vast resources in the service of God and man]; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves upon the earth. And God said, See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the land and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to all the animals on the earth and to every bird of the air and to everything that creeps on the ground -- "to everything in which there is the breath of life -- "I have given every green plant for food. And it was so.

Birds » Called » Fowls of heaven

Job 35:11

Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds of the heavens?

Birds » Moses' law protected the mother from being taken with the young

Deuteronomy 22:6-7

If a bird's nest should chance to be before you in the way, in any tree or on the ground, with young ones or eggs, and the mother bird is sitting on the young or on the eggs, you shall not take the mother bird with the young. You shall surely let the mother bird go, and take only the young, that it may be well with you and that you may prolong your days.

Birds » Instinct of, inferior to man's reason

Job 35:11

Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds of the heavens?

Birds » Can all be tamed

Birds » Solomon's proverbs of

1 Kings 4:33

He spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of the wall; he spoke also of beasts, of birds, of creeping things, and of fish.

Birds » Lessons of wisdom to be learned from

Job 12:7

For ask now the animals, and they will teach you [that God does not deal with His creatures according to their character]; ask the birds of the air, and they will tell you;

Birds » Migrate

Jeremiah 8:7

[Even the migratory birds are punctual to their seasons.] Yes, the stork [excelling in the great height of her flight] in the heavens knows her appointed times [of migration], and the turtledove, the swallow, and the crane observe the time of their return. But My people do not know the law of the Lord [which the lower animals instinctively recognize in so far as it applies to them].

Birds » Instincts of

Proverbs 1:17

For in vain is the net spread in the sight of any bird!

Birds » Figurative » Symbolical

Daniel 7:6

After this I looked, and behold, another [the Grecian empire of Alexander the Great], like a leopard which had four wings of a bird on its back. The beast had also four heads [Alexander's generals, his successors], and dominion was given to it.

Topics on Birds

Birds Eating

1;40;19

Within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head but will have you beheaded and hung on a tree, and [you will not so much as be given burial, but] the birds will eat your flesh.

Birds Of Prey

1;15;11

And when the birds of prey swooped down upon the carcasses, Abram drove them away.

Birds, Features Of

1;1;20

And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly and swarm with living creatures, and let birds fly over the earth in the open expanse of the heavens.

Birds, Figurative Use

19;124;7

We are like a bird escaped from the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we have escaped!

Birds, Types Of Birds

3;11;13

These you shall have in abomination among the birds; they shall not be eaten, for they are detestable: the eagle, the ossifrage, the ospray,

Wings Of Birds

19;91;4

[Then] He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you trust and find refuge; His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler.