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As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not; so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

17:11 hatcheth them not. The habits of the Palestinian sand partridge are apparently uncertain. Whether or not the female is sitting on the eggs when they are hatched, these birds are quite common and so do get hatched somehow. It seems likely—especially in view of the contextual application—that many are hatched very soon after being laid, with the mother bird frequently absent at the time.

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