Nor the arrow that flies by day, "He plucked off the topmost of its young twigs and brought it to a land of merchants; he set it in a city of traders. In fact, in the extended passage of Deuteronomy 32:9–14, the main subject of the text is God. The Hebrew verb הֵעִיר (hēʿīr) is most often translated as rouse, awaken, stir up, or incite. I raised thee up under the apple tree: there thy mother brought thee forth: there she brought thee forth that bare thee. All Scripture is NKJV unless otherwise noted. The Apostle Paul reminded the Corinthians 1,500 years later of this very thing (1 Corinthians 10:5–11): the older Exodus generation failed to enter the Promised Land because of unbelief and rebellion. But has the verse been misunderstood, misapplied, or misused? More insights from your Bible study - Get Started with Logos Bible Software for Free! Who abide in His shadow for life, But if you should ask him, he would say he is an Eagle.” Moral. Israel at Mount Sinai … 3 Then Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain, “This is what you are to tell the house of Jacob and explain to the sons of Israel: 4 ‘You have seen for yourselves what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. What does it mean to mount up with wings like eagles? Compare, for example, these renditions of Proverbs 30:17, where nesher is translated as “eagle” or “vulture”: NKJV: The eye that mocks his father, and scorns obedience to his mother, The ravens of the valley will pick it out, And the young eagles will eat it. As can be seen, some versions translate the entire verse as actions carried out by the eagle for its young. Did God protect them during this time? Lior Kislev, “Birding Tours and Birdwatching in Israel,” accessed July 8, 2019, Ludwig Koehler, Walter Baumgartner, eds., “uwr,”, Arthur Cleveland Bent, "Life histories of North American birds of prey pt. And hold you in the palm of His Hand. Deuteronomy 32:9-141 is an inspiring passage which speaks of God’s care for Israel. Judges 16:28 And Samson called unto the LORD, and said, O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes. Psalm 84:7 They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God. Your newsletter signup did not work out. Say to the Lord, "My Refuge, Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person masculine plural, Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that, Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular, Preposition-l | Noun - proper - feminine singular, Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - first person common singular, An edge, extremity, a wing, a flap, a quarter, a pinnacle, Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Consecutive imperfect - first person common singular, Direct object marker | second person masculine plural, Untranslatable mark of the accusative case, Preposition | first person common singular, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, OT Law: Exodus 19:4 You have seen what I did (Exo. But they that wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Luke 18:1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; 2 Corinthians 4:1,16 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; …. … 30 The LORD your God, who goes before you, will fight for you, just as you saw Him do for you in Egypt 31 and in the wilderness, where the LORD your God carried you, as a man carries his son, all the way by which you traveled until you reached this place.” 32 But in spite of all this, you did not trust the LORD your God… Shall mount up with wings.--Better, shall lift up their wings, or, shall put forth wings' feathers, the last, like Psalm 103:5, implying the belief that the eagle renewed its plumage in extreme old age. In context, the entire extended passage of Deuteronomy 32:9–14 is about God’s care for Israel during the wilderness wanderings, so the “protecting” translation is easily validated. Exodus 9:1 Then the LORD said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh, and tell him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me. The part of the verse most often criticized and labelled as error is the last half of the verse: “Spreading out its wings, taking them up, Carrying them on its wings.” But is this an error? You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings, and brought you to myself. Deuteronomy 32:11,12 As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: …. 3) Then Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the house of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. There are other Bible verses that speak of God carrying Israel on his wings (Exodus 19:4) or of God renewing their strength (Psalm 103:5; Isaiah 40:31) using the analogy of an eagle. Try downloading another browser like Chrome or Firefox. Yes, on several occasions because of their rebellious nature (Numbers 16, 20:2–13, 21:4–9, 25:1–9). “What a funny bird this is!” they said laughing, “what do you call it, father?” “That is a Jackdaw, my children. And hold you in the palm of His Hand. - They shall mount up with wings as eagles (comp. This passage speaks of past events, and while it is certainly within God’s power to “bear us on eagles wings” (Exodus 19:4), that is not the point of this verse in Deuteronomy. Though thousands fall about you, You need not fear the terror of the night, There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place. HCSB: As for the eye that ridicules a father and despises obedience to a mother, may ravens of the valley pluck it out and young vultures eat it. Deuteronomy 32:11 As an eagle stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, He spread His wings to catch them; He carried them on His pinions. You can also sign up for our free print newsletter (US only). And He will raise you up on eagle's wings, Molting birds tend to lose (and then replace) feathers in patches, and some commentators have mentioned that this could be the thought of “enlarge your baldness” (i.e., “make your bald patches larger”) in the Micah passage. To guard you in all of your ways, Upon their hands they will bear you up, Isaiah 30:18 And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him. NET: Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, that hovers over its young, so the Lord spread out his wings and took him, he lifted him up on his pinions. Job 33:24-26 Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom…. Others favor the “protecting” or “watching over” translation; since the verse speaks of caring for the nestling in the beginning, it is reemphasized here.