More people confusing the meaning of “Biblical” and “in the Bible:”
- dead birds is this in the bible
- does bible tell of birds falling from the sky
- bible study dead birds
- does the bible say about dead birds in the end times
- scripture in bible that talks about birds falling dead from the sky
- arkansas dead birds biblical
- what does the bible say about birds at the end of the world
And last but not least:
- what does the bible say about the dead birds and fish in arkansas?
Listen, people, stop searching for biblical references to falling birds and fish dying. They aren’t in there. And there certainly isn’t anything in the Bible about Arkansas! Really? You searched for “dead birds and fish in arkansas” as something that would be in the Bible? Do you realize that the Bible is a collection of books written over a period of 800 – 1000 years and that the last book that has made it into the current canonical list was written, terminus ad quem, 150 CE? That’s 1,861 years ago. Arkansas was founded in 1836. There is a difference of 1,686 years. Trust me, Arkansas won’t be in the Bible.
Now read carefully; there are ten plagues in the Bible. None of those plagues involved fish nor birds. Frogs? Yes. Locusts? Yes. Birds and fish? Absolutely not. So stop looking for reasons to be afraid.
Though, there is that pesky verse from Zephaniah 1:3…
“I will sweep away both man and beast;
I will sweep away the birds in the sky
and the fish in the sea—
and the idols that cause the wicked to stumble.”
“When I destroy all mankind
on the face of the earth,”
declares the LORD…
But if you believe this applies to Arkansas and Louisiana…well, you’re a dilettante. There is nothing in there about falling birds or fish washing ashore. The Hebrew is:
אָסֵ֨ף אָדָ֜ם וּבְהֵמָ֗ה אָסֵ֤ף עֹוף־הַשָּׁמַ֙יִם֙ וּדְגֵ֣י הַיָּ֔ם וְהַמַּכְשֵׁלֹ֖ות אֶת־הָרְשָׁעִ֑ים וְהִכְרַתִּ֣י אֶת־הָאָדָ֗ם מֵעַ֛ל פְּנֵ֥י הָאֲדָמָ֖ה נְאֻם־יְהוָֽה׃
Where by the word אָסֵ֨ף (asaph) can mean ‘gather’ (for a specific purpose) or ‘remove’–it does not mean to ‘give them heart attacks in mid-air and force them to fall from the sky.’ It definitely doesn’t mean that God will wash the fish ashore.
The LXX yields the same results:
ἐκλιπέτω ἄνθρωπος καὶ κτήνη ἐκλιπέτω τὰ πετεινὰ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ καὶ οἱ ἰχθύες τῆς θαλάσσης καὶ ἐξαρῶ τοὺς ἀνθρώπους ἀπὸ προσώπου τῆς γῆς λέγει κύριος
Whereby the word ἐκλιπέτω means “fail,” “forsake,” or “pass over.” Essentially to ignore, thereby abandon, thus failing someone/thing. If you want to search for wildlife in literature, try Ranger Rick. That’s probably more appropriate reading for you anyway…
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