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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
rav ´' n , rav´in : "Raven" (verb) is from "rapine," "violent plundering, used for טרף , ṭāraph , in Genesis 49:27; Psalm 22:13; Ezekiel 22:25 , Ezekiel 22:27 , while "ravin" (noun) is the object ravened, in Nahum 2:12 the torn carcasses ( טרפה , ṭerēphāh ). So "ravenous bird" (Isaiah 46:11; Ezekiel 39:4 ) is a bird of prey (not a "hungry bird"), עיט , ‛ayiṭ , literally, "a screecher." "Ravenous beast" in Isaiah 35:9 is for פּריץ , pārı̄c , "violent one." In the New Testament ἄρπαξ , hárpax , "rapacious," is translated "ravening" in Matthew 7:15 , while for the cognate ἁρπαγή , harpagḗ (Luke 11:39 ), the King James Version gives "ravening," the Revised Version (British and American) "extortion."
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Raven; Ravin'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/r/raven-ravin.html. 1915.