Eagle in Easton's Bible Dictionary
(Herb. nesher; properly the griffon vulture or great
called from its tearing its prey with its beak),
referred to for
its swiftness of flight (Deut. 28:49; 2 Sam. 1:23),
high in the air (Job 39:27), its strength (Ps.
setting its nest in high places (Jer. 49:16), and
its power of
vision (Job 39:27-30).
This "ravenous bird" is a symbol of those nations
employs and sends forth to do a work of destruction,
away whatever is decaying and putrescent (Matt.
46:11; Ezek. 39:4; Deut. 28:49; Jer. 4:13; 48:40).
It is said
that the eagle sheds his feathers in the beginning
and with fresh plumage assumes the appearance of
youth. To this,
allusion is made in Ps. 103:5 and Isa. 40:31. God's
his people is likened to that of the eagle in
training its young
to fly (Ex. 19:4; Deut. 32:11, 12). An interesting
is thus recorded by Sir Humphry Davy:, "I once saw a
interesting sight above the crags of Ben Nevis. Two
eagles were teaching their offspring, two young
maneuvers of flight. They began by rising from the
top of the
mountain in the eye of the sun. It was about mid-
day, and bright
for the climate. They at first made small circles,
and the young
birds imitated them. They paused on their wings,
they had made their flight, and then took a second
gyration, always rising toward the sun, and
circle of flight so as to make a gradually ascending
young ones still and slowly followed, apparently
as they mounted; and they continued this sublime
always rising till they became mere points in the
air, and the
young ones were lost, and afterwards their parents,
aching sight." (See Isa. 40:31.)...