The Hebrew term translated pygarg in (Deuteronomy 14:5) means “leaper.” The RSV translates ibex and the NKJV has mountain goat or addax (margin). This animal probably was the white-rumped antelope. Also see Antelope, Goat.
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Potter’s Wheel

Potter’s Wheel is used in Scripture to represent a creating God. In other words, it highlights the fact that God has unlimited and unrestricted creative abilities, both in what He makes as well as what characteristics He endows His creatures with.

Potter’s Wheel Meaning

The Potter’s Wheel has a symbolism associated with it. He describes the creative activity of God in making things the way He wishes them to be.

God cannot be held responsible for how He makes things. There is no right of a creature to demand or rebuke God for how He made them. God works according to the method that brings glory to Himself, how he decides, and neither man nor angel has the right to rebuke God for anything. Satan will use anything he can to attack the righteousness of God, but Satan has to deal with God as his Creator, and as sure he (being a creature like us) has no authority nor right to tell God He has worked incorrectly.

The no-rebuke and no-complaint points are very important because a creature must accept the will of the Creator for their life. The potter makes one vessel for glory and another for dishonor. For example, one vessel to sit on the table while you eat, and another to wash your backside after going to the bathroom. One light is a chandelier and another one is a hall light for the bathroom at night. That is the decision of the Potter and not the thing created.

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God as Creator are works about God’s bring other things, persons, etc. into existence in the Creation that God has made. This act is God acting as a Creator. God thinks and works holistically. God made man, but God also made animals and plants before he made man so that man could sustain himself by having things to eat. Furthermore, God made man, but God in his wisdom understood that man alone is really boring and depressing, so he made a different kind of “man”, woman. That really livened thing up for man and men!

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According to the KJV, Solomon imported peacocks from other nations for his royal courts in Israel (1 Kin. 10:22; 2 Chr. 9:21). A peacock, the male of the species, is about the size of a turkey, with feathers of brilliant blue, green, and purple. He parades in front of the female, spreading his train of gorgeous long plumes behind him like a huge fan. Some versions of the Bible translate this term as monkeys, peacocks, or baboons.

Source: [Anon-Animals]
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From early times, the partridge has been a game bird. They were among the birds which could be eaten as clean food by the Jewish people. Two species, the sand partridge (Is. 34:15), (NEB) and the chukar, are common in Palestine.

Partridges live in fields, feeding on grain and insects. They usually travel in coveys of 12 to 30 birds. Their meat is tasty, and the bird is clever enough to give the hunter a fine chase. It takes sharp eyes to spot the mottled feathers of a partridge. When alarmed, the bird will hide in a hole, crouch among loose stones, or fly from tree to tree with loudly whirring wings. David compared himself to a partridge when he was fleeing from Saul (1 Sam. 26:20).

The prophet Jeremiah compared the person who gathered riches by unrighteous means to a partridge that gathers a brood of young birds which she has not hatched (Jer. 17:11).

Source: [Anon-Animals]



Although many Bible dictionaries consider a pigeon and a dove to be the same things, I would consider them slightly different. A dove is more of a calm animal. A pigeon is more of a busy bird that goes about seeking food, looking for fallen seeds. Doves do the same, but they seem to me as being less “busy” and more “quiet”. To me that is their principle differences.


In general, a pigeon is more of a pest than anything else. They are not associated with peace and quiet, but with business and activity. They themselves would cause confusion. Doves are a symbol of the Holy Spirit, and in this, they are quiet, peaceful, causing or enjoying rest. Pigeons_ don’t have these traits. Continue reading



The prophets Isaiah and Zephaniah mention a wild creature that lived in desolate ruined places (Is. 14:23; 34:11; Zeph. 2:14). The KJV calls it a bittern, but the RSV translates the animal as hedgehog or porcupine (bustard, NEB). Palestine does have porcupines, even today. They are small animals with sharp needles all over their backs. When in danger, the porcupine rolls up into a prickly ball.

Source: [Anon-Animals]