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Bible Animals: Hen
Hen in the ancient World.

Ancient Hen. The care of a hen to protect her brood from the hawks is used by the Saviour as an illustration of His love and care for His people. (Matt. xxiii. 37; xxiv. 32.) - Animals, Birds, Insects, And Reptiles Of The Bible

Hen in Easton's Bible Dictionary common in later times among the Jews in Israel (Matt. 23:37; Luke 13:34). It is noticeable that this familiar bird is only mentioned in these passages in connection with our Lord's lamentation over the impenitence of Jerusalem.

Hen in Fausset's Bible Dictionary Matthew 23:37; Luke 13:34. As "the eagle stirring up her nest, fluttering over her young, spreading abroad her wings, taking, bearing them on her wings," represents the Old Testament aspect of Jehovah in relation to Israel under the law (Deuteronomy 32:11), so the "hen," Christ the lowly loving Son of God gathering God's children under His overshadowing wing, in the gospel (Rth 2:12; Psalm 17:8; Psalm 91:4). (See EAGLE.) So Jehovah "passed over", or sprang forward to overshadow Israel from the destroying angel (Exodus 12:13). (See PASSOVER; EXODUS.)

Hen in Naves Topical Bible -FIGURATIVE Mt 23:37; Lu 13:34

Hen in Smiths Bible Dictionary The hen is nowhere noticed in the Bible except in Mt 23:37; Lu 13:34 That a bird so common in Israel should receive such slight notice is certainly peculiar.

Hen in Wikipedia Cock, Hen. - Domestic poultry are not mentioned till after the Babylonian captivity. In Jesus' time domestic poultry, introduced from India through Persia, had become common, and their well-known habits gave rise to familiar expressions, and afforded good and easy illustrations (Mark 13:35; 14:30, etc.). Jesus Christ compared His care for Jerusalem to that of a hen for her brood. The three times the word 'cock' appears in the D.V. it is owing to a misinterpretation of the primitive text.

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