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by Wayne Blank
"The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks"
Conies were included in an analogy of how The Lord provided His creatures with the natural wisdom that enables them to survive.
"There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise: The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer; The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks; The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands; The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' palaces." (Proverbs 30:24:28 KJV)
The Lord provided "rocks for the conies" as a matter of not only the Creator of "nature," but also the Provider for all life (see Providence).
"He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills. They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild asses quench their thirst. By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, which sing among the branches."
Just as putting in the wrong kind of fuel will kill an engine (e.g. putting diesel fuel or kerosene into a gasoline-powered vehicle's fuel tank), so too there are specific foods that are not to be consumed by humans for "fuel." Conies are included among the "unclean" animals.
"And The Lord spake unto Moses and to Aaron, saying unto them, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, These are the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth. Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is clovenfooted, and cheweth the cud, among the beasts, that shall ye eat."
Fact Finder: What is the natural basis of determining whether animals are "clean" or "unclean" for human consumption?