Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Owl or Ostrich?

Therefore wild animals shall live with hyenas in Babylon, and ostriches shall inhabit her; she shall never again be peopled, or inhabited for all generations.
—Jeremiah 50:39, NRSV

So desert creatures and hyenas will live there, and there the owl will dwell. It will never again be inhabited or lived in from generation to generation.
—Jeremiah 50:39, TNIV

So which is it? Owls and ostriches are very different creatures. For what it's worth the old NIV says "owls"; the New American Standard Version says "ostriches."

At times like these, I wish I'd taken Hebrew in seminary. If you did take Hebrew, maybe you could help me out here.


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