Birds in the Bible: Setting the Mother Free

“Si ambulans per viam in arbore vel in terra nidum avis inveneris,
et matrem pullis vel ovis desuper incubantem,
non tenebis eam cum filiis.
Sed abire patieris captos tenens filios,
ut bene sit tibi et longo vivas tempore”

Deuteronomy 22:6-7

[If while walking along the way you find the nest of a bird in a tree or on the ground, and the mother is warming eggs or nestlings, you will not take her with her young. But you will suffer her to go free, while holding the young captive, in order that it may be well with you and you may live a long time.]

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