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Morrish Bible Dictionary
These are employed as symbols of evil agents: as, in the dream of Pharaoh's baker, the birds ate the bakemeats he was carrying on his head, Genesis 40:17; and in the parable of the Sower the fowls or birds which devoured the seed by the wayside are interpreted by Christ to signify 'the wicked one.' Matthew 13:4,19 . In the parable of the Mustard Seed the kingdom of heaven becomes a great system with roots in the earth, under the protection of which the birds of the air find shelter. Matthew 13:31,32 . The Greek is πετεινόν,the same in the two parables.
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Morrish, George. Entry for 'Birds'. Morrish Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​mbd/​b/birds.html. 1897.