1 Kings 17:4

And it shall be, that you shall drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.
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George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
Ravens. Hebrew horebim, (Haydock) is sometimes rendered "Arabs "by the Vulgate, 2 Paralipomenon xxi. 16. Others would translate, "merchants "or the inhabitants of Arabo, which was near Carith. They suppose that the ravens, being unclean birds, would never have been employed. But they were only forbidden to be eaten or touched, when dead; and God is not restricted by his own laws. He might thus chose to display his wonderful providence. St. Jerome relates how St. Paul, the first hermit, was fed thus by a raven, with half a loaf a day; and a whole one was sent, when St. Anthony went to see him. (Calmet) Yet Kennicott mentions this as one of the improvements which might be now made in the Protestant version, "the Orbim "or inhabitants of Oreb, or Orbo. Orbim, accolæ villæ in finibus Arabum Eliæ dederunt alimenta. (Jerom iii. 119.) It is not clear to what passage he refers. (Diss. ii. p. 581.) Another instance occurs, Judges xv. 4., where instead of foxes, he would substitute "300 sheaves of corn, placed end to end. "But if there were no mistranslations of great importance, the version might subsist. (Haydock)

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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