The abode of birds. The term is used frequently in OT passages in both a literal and a metaphorical sense. It is forbidden to harm a hen by taking her from her nest (Deut 22:6
). Assyria is likened to one robbing a nest (Isa 10:14
). Numerous species and their nests are referred to: an eagle stirring up her old nest (Deut 32:11
); doves building nests on the sides of the mouth of the gorge (Jer 48:28
); nests of the great owl and vulture on deserted sites (Isa 34:15
); nests of swallows on altars (Ps 84:3
). Metaphorically the term “nests” is often used to refer to the abode of human beings: the people of Lebanon make their nests in the cedars (Jer 22:23
); the cautious strive to set their nests on high (Hab 2:9
); and in a nest one shall grow old (Job 29:18
6If you come on a bird's nest, in any tree or on the ground, with fledglings or eggs, with the mother sitting on the fledglings or on the eggs, you shall not ta ... View more
14My hand has found, like a nest,
the wealth of the peoples;
and as one gathers eggs that have been forsaken,
so I have gathered all the earth;
and there was no ... View more
11As an eagle stirs up its nest,
and hovers over its young;
as it spreads its wings, takes them up,
and bears them aloft on its pinions,
28Leave the towns, and live on the rock,
O inhabitants of Moab!
Be like the dove that nests
on the sides of the mouth of a gorge.
15There shall the owl nest
and lay and hatch and brood in its shadow;
there too the buzzards shall gather,
each one with its mate.
3Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O Lord of hosts,
my King and my God.
23O inhabitant of Lebanon,
nested among the cedars,
how you will groan when pangs come upon you,
pain as of a woman in labor!
9“Alas for you who get evil gain for your houses,
setting your nest on high
to be safe from the reach of harm!”
18Then I thought, ‘I shall die in my nest,
and I shall multiply my days like the phoenix;