The Language of the Birds

I am always fascinated observing how birds often appear to be sharing some little secret, or chatting about events of the day. How I would love to know what they are saying! IMG_7873 It brings to mind the famous legend about King Solomon, who was thought to have ability to understand the language of the birds: “. . .God was pleased with Solomon’s request [for wisdom] and said, ‘You could have asked for long life or great wealth or victory over your enemies. But instead you asked for wisdom and you shall have you wish. You shall be able to understand the language of the birds and beasts’. . .” (Legend retold by E. Frankel), Birds, JHOM

imageI get regular email updates from a terrific site called, BirdNote an independently funded not-for-profit that describes itself this way, “BirdNote is a two-minute radio show that combines rich sounds with engaging stories, to illustrate the amazing lives of birds . . .”
In this week’s BirdNote post, there is a piece about how the phrase ‘a little bird told me’ came to be. Who would have known that this commonly-used saying had its origins in the Biblical book of Kohelet (Ecclesiastes)!?:
“Even in your thought, you shall not curse a king, nor in your bedrooms shall you curse a wealthy man, for the bird of the heaven shall carry the voice, and the winged creature will tell the matter. כ. גַּם בְּמַדָּעֲךָ מֶלֶךְ אַל תְּקַלֵּל וּבְחַדְרֵי מִשְׁכָּבְךָ אַל תְּקַלֵּל עָשִׁיר כִּי עוֹף הַשָּׁמַיִם יוֹלִיךְ אֶת הַקּוֹל וּבַעַל כְּנָפַיִם יַגֵּיד דָּבָר:”. Kohelet 10:20.

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