The male (female, hind) of the red deer, viewed as clean (Deut 12:15; Deut 12:22; Deut 14:5; Deut 15:22). Its need for water is a metaphor for human longing for God (Ps 42:1) and its jumps are a model of healthy life (Isa 35:6), but without pasture it symbolizes hopeless confusion (Lam 1:6).

Deut 12:15

15Yet whenever you desire you may slaughter and eat meat within any of your towns, according to the blessing that the Lord your God has given you; the unclean a ... View more

Deut 12:22

22Indeed, just as gazelle or deer is eaten, so you may eat it; the unclean and the clean alike may eat it.

Deut 14:5

5the deer, the gazelle, the roebuck, the wild goat, the ibex, the antelope, and the mountain-sheep.

Deut 15:22

22within your towns you may eat it, the unclean and the clean alike, as you would a gazelle or deer.

Ps 42:1

(Psalms 42-72)
Longing for God and His Help in Distress
To the leader. A Maskil of the Korahites.
1As a deer longs for flowing streams,
so my soul longs ... View more

Isa 35:6

6then the lame shall leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy.
For waters shall break forth in the wilderness,
and streams in the desert;

Lam 1:6

6From daughter Zion has departed
all her majesty.
Her princes have become like stags
that find no pasture;
they fled without strength
before the pursuer.

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