13 The wing of the ostrich beats joyously; Are her pinions and plumage like the stork’s?
k’-naf r’-na-NEEM ne-e-LA-sah im ev-RAH kha-see-DAH v’-no-TZAH
יג כְּנַף־רְנָנִים נֶעֱלָסָה אִם־אֶבְרָה חֲסִידָה וְנֹצָה׃
39:13 The wing of the ostrich beats joyously
The Land of Israel used to be home to wild ostriches, until they became extinct in the region as a result of hunting. In fact, in 2006, four ancient ostrich eggs, thought to be at least 5,000 years old, were found in the Sharon region, just north of Tel Aviv. Because they were common in ancient Israel, ostriches are mentioned in a number of places in the Bible. Verses 13-18 make mention of the cruelty of the ostrich, which leaves its eggs to be trampled and is callous to its young (see also Lamentations 4:3). The ostrich is also listed among the non-kosher birds that are forbidden to be eaten (Leviticus 11:16 and Deuteronomy 14:15).