The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleLeviticus 11:14
And the vulture, and the kite after his kind.
] Perhaps it
might be better if the version was inverted, and the words be read,
"and the kite, and the vulture, after his kind"; and the last word is
by us rendered the vulture in (Job 28:7) and very rightly, since the
kite is not remarkable for its sight, any other than all rapacious
creatures are, whereas the vulture is to a proverb; and besides, of the
vulture there are two sorts, as Aristotle says F11, the one lesser and
whiter, the other larger and more of an ash colour; and there are some
that are of the eagle kind F12, whereas there is but one sort of kites;
though Ainsworth makes mention of two, the greater of a ruddy colour,
common in England, and the lesser of a blacker colour, known in
Germany, but produces no authority for it; however, these are both
ravenous creatures: of the kite, Aelianus says F13, it is very
rapacious, and will take meat out of the meat market, but not touch any
sacrificed to Jupiter; the truth of which may well be questioned; and
of vultures he reports F14, that they will watch a dying man, and
follow armies going to battle, expecting prey; (See Gill on 24:28).
F11 Hist. Animal. l. 8. c. 3.
F12 Aristot. ib. l. 9. c. 32. Plin. Nat. Hist. l. 10. c. 3. Aelian. de
Animal. l. 2. c. 46.
F13 De Animal. l. 2. c. 42.
F14 Ib. c. 46.