Cockatrices

May 11

And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den.

(Isaiah 11:8) KJV

There’s another mythological creature which, by using our principle that God can’t lie, we may deduce isn’t mythological. In this case it is the Cockatrice. Here’s a rather perfunctory description from Wikipedia:

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Seraphim

May 10

In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

(Isaiah 6:1-8) KJV

Yesterday we looked at some Hebrew words that are translated as different kinds of serpent, including several kinds of snakes.

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