A glossy black corvine bird. The Hebrew word translated “raven” in the OT probably refers to the true raven as well as to other members of the crow family, which includes the rook, the jay, the fan-tailed raven, the jackdaw, and the hooded crow. Although an object of God’s care (Job 38:41; Ps 147:9; Luke 12:24), the raven is an unclean bird (Lev 11:15; Deut 14:14) mentioned for its habit of picking at the eyes of its prey (Prov 30:17) and for its tendency to live in ruins (Isa 34:11). In (Gen 8:7) Noah sends a raven out to look for land, and in (1Kgs 17:4) Elijah is fed by ravens.

Job 38:41

41Who provides for the raven its prey,
when its young ones cry to God,
and wander about for lack of food?

Ps 147:9

9He gives to the animals their food,
and to the young ravens when they cry.

Luke 12:24

24Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!

Lev 11:15

15every raven of any kind;

Deut 14:14

14every raven of any kind;

Prov 30:17

17The eye that mocks a father
and scorns to obey a mother
will be pecked out by the ravens of the valley
and eaten by the vultures.

Isa 34:11

11But the hawk and the hedgehog shall possess it;
the owl and the raven shall live in it.
He shall stretch the line of confusion over it,
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Gen 8:7

7and sent out the raven; and it went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth.

1Kgs 17:4

4You shall drink from the wadi, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.”

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