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        (Herb. nesher; properly the griffon vulture or great vulture, so
        called from its tearing its prey with its beak), referred to for
        its swiftness of flight (Deut. 28:49; 2 Sam. 1:23), its mounting
        high in the air (Job 39:27), its strength (Ps. 103:5), its
        setting its nest in high places (Jer. 49:16), and its power of
        vision (Job 39:27-30).
        This "ravenous bird" is a symbol of those nations whom God
        employs and sends forth to do a work of destruction, sweeping
        away whatever is decaying and putrescent (Matt. 24:28; Isa.
        46:11; Ezek. 39:4; Deut. 28:49; Jer. 4:13; 48:40). It is said
        that the eagle sheds his feathers in the beginning of spring,
        and with fresh plumage assumes the appearance of youth. To this,
        allusion is made in Ps. 103:5 and Isa. 40:31. God's care over
        his people is likened to that of the eagle in training its young
        to fly (Ex. 19:4; Deut. 32:11, 12). An interesting illustration
        is thus recorded by Sir Humphry Davy:, "I once saw a very
        interesting sight above the crags of Ben Nevis. Two parent
        eagles were teaching their offspring, two young birds, the
        maneuvers of flight. They began by rising from the top of the
        mountain in the eye of the sun. It was about mid-day, and bright
        for the climate. They at first made small circles, and the young
        birds imitated them. They paused on their wings, waiting till
        they had made their flight, and then took a second and larger
        gyration, always rising toward the sun, and enlarging their
        circle of flight so as to make a gradually ascending spiral. The
        young ones still and slowly followed, apparently flying better
        as they mounted; and they continued this sublime exercise,
        always rising till they became mere points in the air, and the
        young ones were lost, and afterwards their parents, to our
        aching sight." (See Isa. 40:31.)
        There have been observed in Israel four distinct species of
        eagles, (1) the golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos); (2) the
        spotted eagle (Aquila naevia); (3) the common species, the
        imperial eagle (Aquila heliaca); and (4) the Circaetos gallicus,
        which preys on reptiles. The eagle was unclean by the Levitical
        law (Lev. 11:13; Deut. 14:12).
Bibliography Information
Easton, Matthew George. M.A., D.D., "Biblical Meaning for 'Eagle' Eastons Bible Dictionary". - Eastons; 1897.

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