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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words
"a raven" (perhaps onomatopoeic, representing the sound), occurs in the plural in Luke 12:24 . The Heb. oreb and the Arabic ghurab are from roots meaning "to be black;" the Arabic root also has the idea of leaving home. Hence the evil omen attached to the bird. It is the first bird mentioned in the Bible, Genesis 8:7 . Christ used the "ravens" to illustrate and enforce the lesson of God's provision and care.
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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'Raven'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ved/r/raven.html. 1940.