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Thread #20634   Message #216457
Posted By: Joe Offer
23-Apr-00 - 06:31 AM
Thread Name: Who/what is the Great Speckled Bird?
Subject: RE: Who/what is THE GREAT SPECKLED BIRD?
It's Jeremiah, Chapter 12, Verse 9 (Jer 12:9):
Mine heritage is unto me as a speckled bird, the birds round about are against her; come ye, assemble all the beasts of the field, come to devour.
Click here for the entire chapter, so you can read it in context.
The Revised Standard Version translation is:
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; bring them to devour.
I think the RSV is a little easier to understand.
But in the song, the church is like the great speckled bird.
-Joe Offer-