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Written by Prabhudas Koshy   
Sunday, 29 January 2017

Have you heard of "partridge"? It is the name of a bird; and it appears twice in the Bible. Its Hebrew name in the Old Testament is qôrē' (pronounced ko·ray). This Hebrew name means "caller". A partridge makes a very distinguished ringing call, which echoes from hill to hill in the wilderness of Judea in the early morning.

The partridge belongs to what is known as the "Gallinaceous" group of birds. Gallinaceous birds are birds with plump and heavy bodies, short tails, and short beaks that are adapted for picking up seeds. They normally live on the ground. They prefer to run, and fly only short distances.

Partridge meat was a favourite item on the menus of many ancient people. So, it was a hunted bird. The bird would try to save itself by running, like most Gallinaceous birds. The hunter would continuously

chase until the bird becomes tired. Then it will be knocked down by sticks thrown along the ground. That is why in 1 Samuel 26:20, David said that King Saul who wanted to kill him was after him like "one doth hunt a partridge in the mountains".

This bird is mentioned by the prophet Jeremiah to teach a very important lesson. He wrote: "As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not; so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool" (Jeremiah 17:11). The partridge makes its nests on the ground. It not only would lay her eggs in it, but would also gather eggs of other similar birds and then sit on them. But soon some of the eggs would be stolen by others or eaten by predators. The nestlings that emerge from those eggs that hatch would soon leave her for their own parents! So, the greedy and covetous who steal from others will soon have to face similar consequences as the partridge that loses all the eggs in her nest.


A person who takes great pains to get much wealth and then sits brooding upon it, will soon realise that it will bring no satisfaction to his soul. His projects to enrich himself by sinful ways will come to nothing. Let us therefore be wise - whatever we earn, let's get it honestly; whatever we have earned, let's use it charitably and thus lay up our treasures in heaven, "where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal" (Matthew 6:20).